Professional Achivement Points

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Professional achievement is professional development, career knowledge, leadership, networking, and readiness for the workplace. Professional achievement is different from academic achievement, both are important. Employers expect that new hires will have the skills and knowledge to perform their job and the street savvy, social and communication skills, and polish to hit the ground running. A high level of professional achievement shows employers that you can apply learning to practice, and that you can work with your peers and accomplish goals. Academic achievement is measured by GPA, professional achievement is measured by portfolio points.

Professional achievement leaders are featured on the front page of the Loyola Community platform. To recognize the hard work in attaining a high level of professional achievement, students receive recognition for professional achievement on leaderboards, badges, professional achievement wire, and e-portfolios

What can I earn points for?

You can earn Professional Achievement points for the following activities:

  • Attended IT Career Fair – 50 points
  • Attended Information Systems Student Organization (ISSO) Event  – 100 points
  • Attended Department Guest Speaker Event  – 100 points
  • Completed Optional Departmental IT Workshop – 200 points
  • Completed MOOC with IT focus  – 200 points
  • Completed IT-focused Service-Learning Project  – 300 points
  • Attended Mock Interview  – 50 points
  • Attended IT Executive Roundtable – 100 points
  • Approved E-portfolio – 150 points
  • Participated in Live Loyola / Open House for Accepted Students – 150 points

Note: There are no partial points, so you must complete each activity completely to receive the points

How do I check my points?

  • Create an e-portfolio
  • Login to your e-portfolio and look at the Dashboard.
  • In the Dashboard, you will see current points, the badge you have earned (see below), how many points you need to earn to get to the next level, and the list of transactions for which you have earned portfolio points

How do I add the Professional Achievement widget?

  • Login to your E-portfolio dashboard
  • Select Appearance and then Widgets on the left
  • Drag the Widget titled “Professional Achievement” to the primary sidebar of your site and place at the top.  Click save.
  • You are done! The widget will automatically display the appropriate badge and summary of points earned. As you gain more points and move up a level, the widget will automatically display the new badge.

What are the levels of professional achievement?

  • Grand Master: The pinnacle of professional readiness. Grand Master’s have extensive experience in engaging with industry, have demonstrated extensive leadership and communication skills, and are likely to take on leadership roles in the future.
  • Master: The master of professional achievement. Master’s have gone above and beyond all the basic requirements and excelled in every category of professional development, career knowledge, networking and are expected to be stars in their careers.
  • Candidate: The complete well rounded student. Candidates have excelled in meeting all the department’s requirements for professional development. They are ready for the workplace!
  • Apprentice: Apprentices have started investing in their professional development early and are well on track to meet the department’s requirements for professional achievement.


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