PCDR Launch Fast Facts

What is the Professional and Career Development Record (PCDR)?

  • The PCDR is a tool built into Experience Guelph that formally recognizes a student’s involvement in on- and off- campus professional and career development activities, most notably experiential learning.
  • This tool is designed to help a student reflect on their transferable skill development and encourages them to make connections between their experiences and their personal, academic, and career goals.

What are some PCDR feature highlights?

  • Students and their advisors can review participation in a wide range of activities and experiences including career and professional development workshops, experiential learning courses, and co-curricular activities.
  • Students can filter completed activities and experiences by type and transferable employability knowledge, skills, and attitudes developed.
  • Only activities and experiences that meet specific quality standards and are validated by a U of G faculty or staff can be displayed on the PCDR.
  • Activities validated on the PCDR are exportable to a student’s LinkedIn profile.

What students have access to the PCDR?

  • All undergraduate and graduate students registered at the main University of Guelph campus.
  • Guelph-Humber students will have access to a similar tool through Humber College.
  • Diploma students should have access in Fall 2022.
  • Open Learning students do not currently have access to the PCDR.

How can you help?

  • Watch for updates and encourage students you interact with to take part in the PCDR.
  • If you are a leader or supervisor for any of the activities listed in the initial launch, attend the Co-curricular Proposal Information Session on November 24 (e-mail experience@uoguelph.ca to be invited).
  • We are a new team coordinating a new program; we appreciate all the patience you can afford us while we work through these new processes.

What are some future features?

  • Badges – The PCDR will feature a full badging system which will allow students to be recognized for a variety of professional and career development activities beyond only experiential learning.
  • Pathways – Students will be able to view the experience pathways of alumni to help them plan.

Where can I learn more?

  • Watch for PCDR-related information sessions and workshops on the EL Hub Events page.
  • For specific questions, contact the Experiential Learning Development and Recognition Team at experience@uoguelph.ca.

Experience Profiles

  • Alyssa graduated from University of Guelph having engaged in course-integrated experiential learning in the curriculum. Outside the classroom, she worked for Student Housing Services, the work study program and held an undergraduate research assistant position.