Get Started on GPS

The Global Professional Skills (GPS) program is open to all undergraduate degree-seeking students at AUP.  The program provides a structure to record and reflect on your co-curricular activities, which is a great way to prep for your post-graduation plans. Whether you plan to find a job or internship, go to graduate school, take on a research project, or start your own company, you will benefit from the GPS Program!

If you are currently a Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior, you are in the correct place – read on! If you are currently a Senior, check out GPS Program information specific to you here.

Why participate in the program?

  • Customize your own co-curricular record (CCR) to highlight activities to share with graduate schools and employers;
  • Participate in a Designing Your Narrative Workshop: develop a compelling and coherent narrative about yourself, your interests, and your achievements;
  • The option to present your narrative to a panel of AUP employers, alumni, and faculty;
  • Receive a GPS certificate (with a mention of your completion of the program on your official academic transcript);
  • Top student presenters will be invited to the President's Panel;
  • One winning submission will receive the GPS President's Award at commencement.

GPS Requirements

1. Minimum Involvement Requirement

The minimum involvement requirements are built around AUP’s four core capabilities. You will be required to complete a variety of activities that feed into each capability, but just like your AUP liberal arts degree, GPS is flexible and designed to serve your needs and interests, so everyone will have a slightly different path to complete their GPS minimum involvement requirements.

All AUP students have access to the GPS path in AUP Engage. For information on how to access (and work on) the GPS path, click here. The GPS Path is dynamic, you will be able to click through requirements, completing and submitting items that apply to you… and many of you will be surprised to find that you have already completed a number of requirements!

It is recommended that you take 30 minutes when you first access the GPS Path to click through all of the requirements, taking a moment to understand each one. From there, you should be able to develop a plan for how you intend to complete the GPS Program. If you’re having trouble (maybe you are not sure where one of your activities fits in, for example) you can feel very welcome to email gps@aup.edu with any questions – the GPS Team is invested in your success and will be very happy to help you trouble shoot!

2. Attend Designing Your Narrative (DYN) Workshop

This design thinking workshop for seniors helps you connect the dots between your experiences at university and your post-graduation plans. We will talk about what comes next for you: a job or internship, graduate school, launching your own company, etc. We will walk through a series of exercises that will help you reflect on everything you've done at AUP, both in the classroom and outside of it. You will learn some strategies for how to 'pitch' yourself to prospective employers, graduate school admissions decision-makers, investors, etc... And you will be given the guidelines for how to translate all of this into your Personal Narrative - the third and final requirement for your successful completion of the GPS Program!

You will leave the workshop with the tools you need to be confident selling yourself to prospective employers, graduate school admissions decision-makers, investors, etc. - whoever your "audience" will be as you work towards your post-graduation goals.

3. Submit a Personal Narrative

One of the most difficult tasks you will face after you graduate (or even just before) is marketing yourself. The objective of this exercise is to empower you to connect the dots between your curricular and co-curricular experiences in meaningful and compelling ways. The goal is to ensure that you have the foundation required to present yourself to anyone, anywhere, with pride and confidence, enabling you to successfully tackle your post-graduation plans, whatever they may be.

For this Personal Narrative, you will identify a specific objective. For example: Get a communications internship at Dior. Be accepted to the Master’s Program in Public Policy at Sciences Po. Attain funding for my startup company. Be awarded grant money to fund my research project. You will then craft a narrative imagining you are presenting yourself in the context of that objective – to an employer, graduate school admissions counsellor, angel investor, etc. The format of the narrative is open, but common formats include PowerPoint/Prezi, video, website, portfolio, essay, etc. You will get all of the deatailed guidelines you need for this exercise when you attend the Designing Your Narrative workshop.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

  • Sign Up. Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors can sign up here.
  • Attend a GPS Information Session. Dates & times for the sessions are included in the sign up form above. All sessions are posted on AUP Engage. RSVP for the session of your choice on AUP Engage. 
  • Work through the GPS Path on AUP Engage. Remember, you can access the path at any time on AUP Engage on the home page (just below the events in the column on the right). The GPS path is dynamic, you will be able to click through requirements, completing and submitting items that apply to you. For some FAQs and tips about working on the GPS Path, check out Your GPS Path in AUP Engage.
  • Attend DYN Workshop Your Senior Year. DYN workshops are held in Fall and in Spring. You are encouraged to participate early so that you have more time to complete your Personal Narrative, but also because you will learn things at the workshop that will help you if you are applying for graduate school or for jobs/internships during your senior year.
  • Submit a Personal Narrative. You will receive lots of information about the requirements for the Personal Narrative at the DYN Workshop. When you are ready, you will submit your Personal Narrative via the GPS Path for Seniors on AUP Engage.
  • Optional Benefit: Add to Your Co-Curricular Record (CCR). Every student who is using AUP Engage has a CCR. Many things you did in 2018/2019 will be there already, as will the activities you complete and submit through the GPS Path. You are able to add more, however! This will be explained at the GPS Info Sessions, but you can learn all about building up your CCR in the section below: Working on Your CCR in AUP Engage.

 

Getting credit retroactively

Were you a member of a student organization or club in the past and you want that experience to appear on your CCR and count for GPS credit? Perhaps you participated in some other activity (such as organizing an event, the Alumni Career Mentoring Program, etc.) that you want to appear on your CCR?

The GPS team has made significant efforts to load as much retroactive information as possible onto your profile in AUP Engage. Make sure you take some time to thoroughly check out your progress through your GPS Path and your CCR first. Once you’ve done so, there will likely be some things you wish to add.

The AUP Engage platform tracks three types of information, (1) organization membership, (2) reported experiences, (3) event attendance.

1. Organization membership

The tracking of organization membership in AUP Engage includes your membership in clubs, sports teams, recreational activity clubs, committees, student government, ARC/tutoring, ASM Board, etc. Since AUP Engage is a new tool at AUP, launched in Spring 2019, your memberships before Spring 2019 may or may not have been tracked in your AUP Engage profile. If you were a member of an organization, or held a leadership role, and that information is not reflected on your CCR, the GPS team offers you a process to declare that information and, subject to its validation, have it added to your CCR and, when applicable, receive GPS credit.

To declare retroactive organization membership/leadership: submit this web form.

NOTE: You must submit the web form one time for each individual membership/leadership role that you wish to declare. After you have submitted the web form, the GPS team will work to validate your declaration, and once validated, the organization membership/leadership role will be added to your CCR and, if applicable, you will receive GPS credit. You will not be notified when your declaration is validated (so be sure to check back on your CCR & GPS Path regularly), however you will be contacted if the GPS team requires more information or is unable to validate your declaration.

2. Reported experiences

You can submit and track reported experiences through the GPS path (as explained in Your GPS Path in AUP Engage) and via the Reported Experience tool on AUP Engage (as explained in Your CCR in AUP Engage).

NOTE: Be sure to check out the list of Reported Experience categories in the Your CCR in AUP Engage page. The categories will give you a clear understanding of the types of activities that can count as Reported Experiences.

3. Event attendance

The tracking of event attendance in AUP Engage also began in Spring 2019 (with some exceptions for some GPS events in Fall 2018). In order for your attendance at an event to be tracked in AUP Engage, that specific event must actually exist in AUP Engage. This means that (with extremely few exceptions) events that took place before Spring 2019 will not be trackable in AUP Engage, and thus will not be able to be added to your CCR.

Click here to learn how to access, edit, and add to your CCR.