Argo2Pro

The Argo2Pro: Career Readiness Program is designed to provide students with a plan for developing vital career readiness skills and to provide evidence to employers that UWF students are not only academically prepared but are also career-ready.


What is Argo2Pro?

The Argo2Pro: Career Readiness Program highlights eight skills identified by the National Association of Colleges and Employers as essential to professional success, regardless of industry.

There are three levels of development for each skill: Explore, Experience, & Excel. You can progress through the levels of each skill by participating in associated high impact experiences. Therefore, the more involved you are, the more opportunities you have to work on and develop these skills. 

Argo2Pro will provide you with a plan of action for developing these vital career readiness skills and will also showcase your ability to execute and utilize them proficiently and professionally to potential employers - making you an exceptional candidate!


 

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Career Ready Endorsement

Getting Started

First, Take the Argo2Pro Skill Confidence Assessment
Complete the Argo2Pro Skill Confidence Assessment to identify your strengths and which skills you still need to develop to become career-ready.

Then Create an Individualized Career Plan
After completing the Skill Confidence Assessment you are ready to develop a plan for growing your professional skill set. Use the Individualized Career Plan form to create a plan unique to your specific career development needs.

  • Your plan will help you identify activities and set a timeline of when to pursue the academic, co-curricular, and other high impact/experiential involvement opportunities that most closely align to your professional goals.
  • It is recommended that you meet with a Career Coach upon completing this form, to help you fill in the gaps and create a more detailed Individualized Career Plan.

Follow Your Plan to Achieve those Skills
As you complete high impact experiences, you can "Achieve Each Skill" by uploading a final culminating assessment product into the ArgoPulse skills section.

  • Each skill has its own page in ArgoPulse and provides examples of “How it is Proven.”
  • Verification of each uploaded document will be conducted by the CDCE or the most appropriate department.

The eight Career Readiness Skills are grouped into three overarching Competencies. You can earn Certificates for Each Competency when you achieve all of the skills associated with each competency. 

  • Collect all three certificates and you will earn the culminating designation of “Career Ready” to stand out when employers review applicants for positions posted in Handshake.

 

Career Readiness Defined

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Communication

Students can earn the certificate in Communication by achieving the following skills:

  • Oral/Written Communication
  • Global/Intercultural Fluency
  • Digital Technology
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Leadership

Students can earn the certificate in Leadership by achieving the following skills:

  • Leadership
  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
  • Career Management
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Professionalism

Students can earn the certificate in Professionalism by achieving the following skills:

  • Professionalism/Work Ethic
  • Teamwork/Collaboration
Critical Thinking/Problem-Solving

You will be able to:

  1. Obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data
  2. Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions and overcome problems
  3. Solve problems with originality and inventiveness

Experiences that can help you excel at this skill: 

  • Participate as a member of a faculty-led research team
  • Participate in a case-study review that was graded/evaluated that demonstrates critical thinking and/or problem-solving
  • Successfully complete a course or experience in which you interpret data, issues, or concerns to determine the scope of a problem and then suggest or implement a meaningful solution

Possible culminating assessment products (how it is proven):

  • A letter of support or an evaluation from a supervisor/faculty/professional that directly observed concrete examples of your success with critical thinking/problem-solving outcomes (for outcomes, see "you will be able to")
  • Documentation of participation in a case-study highlighted to include critical thinking/problem-solving
  • A course syllabus and assignment in which you interpreted data, issues, or concerns to determine the scope of a problem and then suggested or implemented a meaningful solution
  • Documentation of participation in a research project highlighting critical skills and problem-solving outcomes addressed 

*If you are using course enrollment, a research project, course assignment, or other assessment that is graded, a B+ or higher must be earned.

Oral/Written Communication

You will be able to:

  1. Articulate and express thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms
  2. Demonstrate strong public speaking skills
  3. Compose/edit memos, letters, presentations, and reports clearly and effectively

Experiences that can help you excel at this skill: 

Written

  • Publish an article or paper
  • Receive approval for a dissertation/thesis/research paper
  • Hold an internship, leadership role or participate in an organization where primary responsibilities require professional writing skills (i.e., served as a secretary of a club – created agendas and kept minutes)
  • Write a script for a short film, documentary, or TV show
  • Successfully complete a course focused on written communication 

Oral

  • Present at a meeting, conference, or symposium
  • Deliver a sales pitch at the Sales Pitch Competition
  • Hold a leadership role or participate in an organization/competition where primary responsibilities required effective oral communication skills
  • Principal acting role in a theater production
  • Successfully complete a course focused on oral communication 

Possible culminating assessment products (how it is proven):

Written

  • Documentation of technical report
  • Published papers or articles
  • Documentation of attendance at Writing Lab and submission of final product as a result of Writing Lab review
  • An Eportfolio containing written work
  • Confirmation of thesis/dissertation/research paper approval
  • Documentation of a professor/outside expert-reviewed film/documentary/TV show script
  • A course syllabus or other document for a completed course, focused on written communication, highlighting elements related to written communication

Oral

  • Documentation of a public presentation - a conference program, theater production, event agenda, or verbal-focused competition documentation with the name listed (ex. Participation in Student Scholar Symposium, Mock Trial Tournament, etc.)
  • A letter of support or an evaluation from a supervisor/faculty/professional that directly observed concrete examples of your success with the oral communication outcomes (for outcomes, see "you will be able to")
  • Submission of a HIP project to present at the HIP Showcase
  • A course syllabus or other document for a completed course, focused on oral communication, with highlighted elements related to oral communication

*If you are using course enrollment, a research project, course assignment, or other assessment that is graded, a B+ or higher must be earned.

Teamwork/Collaboration

You will be able to:

  1. Work productively with others in a team structure
  2. Effectively negotiate conflict in a team structure
  3. Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers

Experiences that can help you excel at this skill:

  • Active involvement in campus clubs, community organizations, sports teams, research teams, Greek organizations and committees
  • Successfully complete a course focused on teamwork and collaboration 
  • Serve as a mentor through programs like the Anchor Down Mentor Program
  • Train new employees at your current job

Possible culminating assessment products (how it is proven):

  • A letter of support or an evaluation from a supervisor/faculty/professional that directly observed concrete examples of your success with the teamwork and collaboration outcomes (for outcomes, see "you will be able to")
  • A course syllabus or other document providing evidence of skill development for a clinical/student teaching/practicum experience involving collaboration/teamwork
  • An ePortfolio containing collaborative experiences and skills gained
  • Submission of a HIP project focused on teamwork/collaboration for the HIP Showcase

*If you are using course enrollment, a research project, course assignment, or other assessment that is graded, a B+ or higher must be earned.

Professionalism/Work Ethic

You will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate integrity and ethical behavior
  2. Present, conduct and carry him/herself in a professional manner
  3. Demonstrate effective work habits

Experiences that can help you excel at this skill:

  • Attend professional networking events – Examples: Career Fairs, Etiquette Dinner, Chamber of Commerce events, etc.
  • Attend a professional new-employee orientation at a job, internship, campus job, etc. 
  • Active demonstration of professionalism and work ethic in an internship, part-time and/or full-time job

Possible culminating assessment products (how it is proven):

  • Documentation demonstrating completion of new-employee orientation (i.e., dated agenda) 
  • A reflection demonstrating participation in at least one networking event (this reflection should include documentation showing date and name of event(s) attended and thoroughly address how you demonstrated the outcomes associated with this skill, how this experience aided in your skill development, areas and steps to take for improvement, etc.).
  • A letter of support or an evaluation from a supervisor/faculty/professional that directly observed concrete examples of your success with the professionalism/work ethic outcomes (for outcomes, see "you will be able to")
  • Submission of a HIP project focused on professionalism/work ethic for the HIP Showcase

*If you are using course enrollment, a research project, course assignment, or other assessment that is graded, a B+ or higher must be earned.

Global/Intercultural Knowledge

You will be able to:

  1. Exhibit respect and learning from diverse people or cultures
  2. Demonstrate openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and the ability to interact respectfully with diverse people or cultures
  3. Value your interactions with diverse people or cultures

Experiences that can help you excel at this skill:

  • Participate in a study abroad or volunteer/internship experience abroad
  • Attend a campus event that focuses on diversity and social justice topics 
  • Participate in a job or internship that focuses on customers or clients from diverse backgrounds 
  • Successfully complete a course focused on global/intercultural development 

Possible culminating assessment products (how it is proven):

  • Documentation of completion of the Cross-Cultural Competency (C3) Certification. This certification offered by the Office of Equity and Diversity takes a conversational approach to sometimes sensitive subjects and aims to help participants understand and respect one another as well as be able to function in diverse environments encountered in the classroom, workplace, or in social settings.
  • Letter of support from supervisor/faculty from volunteer, internship, or study abroad  experience
  • A reflection demonstrating participation in at least three global, cultural, or diversity-related on or off-campus events or high-impact experiences (this reflection should include documentation showing dates and names of each program attended and thoroughly address how you demonstrated the outcomes associated with this skill, how this experience aided in your skill development, areas and steps to take for improvement, etc.)
  • Submission of a study abroad project or a HIP project focused on intercultural global knowledge for the HIP Showcase
  • A course syllabus or other document providing evidence of skill development for a completed course focused on global/intercultural development

*If you are using course enrollment, a research project, course assignment, or other assessment that is graded, a B+ or higher must be earned.

Digital Fluency

You will be able to:

  1. Search, identify and retrieve information in digital environments
  2. Leverage existing digital technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals
  3. Adapt to new and emerging technologies

Experiences that can help you excel at this skill: 

  • Complete training or coursework to efficiently and comfortably utilize advanced database management features
  • Complete training or coursework to efficiently and comfortably utilize advanced Excel features (graphs, macros, pivot tables)
  • Successfully complete a 3000 or 4000 level course focused on digital technology 
  • Develop and update a website for a course, job, student organization, or internship

Possible culminating assessment products (how it is proven):

  • Documentation of an app or website development on a public platform
  • Demonstration of proficiency in utilizing advanced database management features and advanced Excel features (graphs, macros, pivot tables)
  • Copy of presentation incorporating advanced technology elements (Powerpoint, Excel, etc.)
  • Documentation of achieving special certification or course completion in a program, platform, or database (e.g., Microsoft Access, etc.)
  • Submission of a HIP project in the ePortfolio category for the HIP Showcase
  • A course syllabus or other document providing evidence of skill development for a completed course focused on advanced digital technology

*If you are using course enrollment, a research project, course assignment, or other assessment that is graded, a B+ or higher must be earned.

Leadership

You will be able to:

  1. Use interpersonal skills to motivate, coach, and develop others
  2. Organize, prioritize, and delegate work
  3. Show initiative

Experiences that can help you excel at this skill: 

  • Serve as an Executive Board Member i.e., President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Committee Leader
  • Serve as Team Captain for your Athletic Team
  • Serve as Lead Intern or Student Employment Lead for your department
  • Serve as a Resident Assistant with the Office of Housing and Residence Life
  • Become a UWF Student Ambassador, Orientation Leader, or StAR
  • Successfully complete a course focused on leadership 

Possible culminating assessment products (how it is proven):

  • Letter of Support/Certificate of Completion from a Coach, Club, Organization, Supervisor, Faculty
  • An ePortfolio containing work showcasing leadership experiences and skills gained
  • An evaluation from your current leadership position or work location/internship that explicitly outlines the leadership outcomes (for outcomes, see "you will be able to")
  • Documentation of completion of a leadership development program
  • Submission of a HIP project focused on leadership for the HIP Showcase
  • A course syllabus or other document providing evidence of skill development for a completed course focused on leadership

*If you are using course enrollment, a research project, course assignment, or other assessment that is graded, a B+ or higher must be earned.

Career Management

You will be able to:

  1. Identify and articulate skills, strengths, knowledge in the context of the desired position and individual's career goals
  2. Reflect and identify areas necessary for professional growth
  3. Take the steps necessary to pursue career opportunities

Experiences that can help you excel at this skill:

  • Successfully complete a course focused on professional skills or career management
  • Complete your Handshake profile, upload professional documents (resume and cover letter), and search and apply for jobs
  • Visit CDCE for assistance in major/career exploration, to get your professional headshot, to have your resume/cover letter reviewed, and to practice interviewing
  • Successfully complete an advanced internship related to your major or career goals 
  • Attend a regional and/or national conference for your major or industry of interest or as part of a student club/org
  • Participate on a faculty-lead research team

Possible culminating assessment products (how it is proven):

  • Letter of support from HIP/EL supervisor demonstrating completion of experience related to major or career goals
  • Letter of support from faculty member leading research team
  • An ePortfolio containing elements relevant to desired industry
  • Documentation showing attendance (check-in) for three qualifying career events and three qualifying career appointments or service offerings (i.e., Co-op Boot Camp, Major and Career Exploration, Resume or Cover letter review, Mock Interview, etc.)
  • A completed personal statement for graduate school, reviewed by the CDCE
  • A course syllabus or other document providing evidence of skill development for a completed course focused on professional skills or career management
  • Anyone seeking the Career Management badge must have a completed profile and résumé approved on Handshake

*If you are using course enrollment, a research project, course assignment, or other assessment that is graded, a B+ or higher must be earned.