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Reflecting on Your Experiences

Your Experience Record helps you keep track of what you have done and how much time you committed to it. Further, it gives you the opportunity to reflect upon your experience and achievements, while understanding the competencies and skills you have developed. You can use your Laurier Experience Record to help you apply for and interview for jobs, other co-curricular positions, or graduate school. 

Competencies

Competencies appear on your online Experience Record. You identify them yourself to reflect your individual learning resulting from your experiences.

Competencies are overarching categories that can be likened to transferable skills and encourage meaningful learning as a result of student involvement. Competencies include:

  • Adaptability and Resiliency:
    • Reflect and take action in the face of change and/or adversity.
    • Improvise and demonstrate flexibility in order to move forward.
  • Collaboration and Teamwork:
    • Work effectively with others for team success by contributing, leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others.
    • Develop mutually-beneficial relationships by co-operating with others and managing conflict constructively.
  • Communication:
    • Explain information, ideas and opinions effectively, both verbally and in writing.
    • Engage in conversations by asking questions, listening and sharing.
  • Creativity and Innovation:
    • Generate new and unique ideas and strategies.
    • Engage in artistic or creative forms of expression.
  • Critical Thinking:
    • Research, analyze and objectively evaluate information from multiple perspectives.
  • Diversity and Intercultural Understanding:
    • Awareness of and inclusive approach to different beliefs, identities, values, cultures, behaviours and/or points of view.
    • Conscious of assumptions/biases with a willingness to learn from others.
  • Functional Knowledge:
    • Knowledge related to academic discipline.
    • Job and/or industry-specific knowledge.
  • Leadership:
    • Inspire and organize others towards achieving a common goal and/or transforming vision into reality.
    • Purposeful self-management.
  • Problem Solving:
    • Understand complex issues, identify and access relevant information and resources, assess potential outcomes and make informed decisions.
  • Professional Attributes:
    • Demonstrate responsible behaviours, time management, organizational skills, work ethic, positive attitude, integrity and commitment to ongoing learning and self-improvement.
  • Self-Awareness:
    • Understand personal interests, skills, values, preferences, behaviours and attitudes.
  • Technological Ability:
    • Utilize digital technology, tools and resources.

How to Use Your Experience Record on your Resumé

  • Add relevant activities and experiences to your 'experience' or 'volunteer experience' sections. Use your own version of the position description to describe what you did.
  • Use competencies in the 'profile' or 'skills' section. Include action verbs to describe how you have demonstrated these competencies.

How to Use Your Experience Record in an Interview

  • Use the record as a reference as you prepare for your interview.
  • Reflect on how the competencies you developed connect to the job for which you are interviewing.
  • Use the language to clearly explain what you did and how it’s relevant to the position you’re applying for.
    • Example: “My time as a Foot Patrol volunteer taught me effective communication skills because I talked with customers during walks and I worked with a partner on every shift.”