Marketing Your Certificate
YOU'RE CERTIFIED! NOW WHAT?
Congratulations on completing one of the Certificates in Experiential Learning! Now that you’ve completed the certificate, the next step is for you to market your certificate to help you stand out as an applicant for jobs and graduate schools.
Your certificate in experiential learning will appear on your transcript, showing that the university acknowledges your achievements. This opportunity is not available to students at all universities and will recognize the efforts you have undertaken beyond the classroom.
Transcripts are usually required in certain fields (i.e. education) that request them as part of the application process. Also, students who intend to do postgraduate work will have their transcripts reviewed by admission panels. Having the certificate on your transcript can add more than just an award to your resume; it can reflect a personal value and commitment to improving your community.
- What is service learning?
- What was required to get the certificate?
- Why did you get the certificate? Why was that important to you?
- gone beyond the classroom to help your community and to further your own education
- assisted community agencies in better serving their clients
- exposed yourself to societal inadequacies and injustices
- better prepared yourself for your career or further education
- taken on a greater responsibility for your learning and for your community
- applied your course content in the context of the real world
What students gain:
- practical experience that challenges their perceptions and assumptions
- opportunities to apply classroom learning in real-world settings
- deeper understanding and commitment to civic engagement
- awareness of the broad range of life experiences
- a better sense of personal efficacy, personal identity, and moral development
- leadership, communication, and team work skills
Why the certificate is important to YOU:
- Talk about the certificate as a representation of your values toward service.
- Talk about your understanding of how your field of study can contribute to the common good.
Check out examples [pdf] of how you might list service on your resume. Consider using a verb list [pdf] to remind you of the skills you obtained from your service. You may find many more verb lists by searching the internet.
For additional resources and assistance, we highly recommend utilizing the University Career Center to develop a resume that will maximize your strengths and highlight relevant skills for the jobs you are seeking.