New this semester, Penn State Brandywine has begun using software that allows students to share their skills, achievements and experience with the virtual world. Readabout.me acts as an online résumé,* helping students communicate their successes to potential employers and graduate schools through a personalized profile.
Students will receive badges that highlight academic, co-curricular and athletic accomplishments, such as winning an award, making the Dean’s List, studying abroad or earning a degree. A student will be assigned a profile when his/her first badge is awarded. Any subsequent badges will be added to that profile. These profiles can be customized by each student to feature a photo, related work experience, clubs and organizations and more.
(Take a look at the campus’ profile page and click on the profiles of students who have already received badges for examples.)
The profiles are laid out to appear as online résumés or professional summaries showcasing each student’s skills and experience, as well as official certifications or “achievements” awarded by the campus.
The idea behind these profiles is to allow students to create a positive online personality, which can be shared with potential employers.
Each student who receives an achievement badge will be notified by email and provided with a link to his or her professional profile. We encourage students to share these accomplishments and profiles on social networks and to keep the information up-to-date.
*This tool is not meant to replace your hardcopy résumé. For help with résumé writing or other job-related skills, please contact the Office of Advising and Career Services at 610-892-1390. Our staff is equipped to help students and alumni find appropriate resources, write cover letters, perfect résumés and more.