Professional Readiness Badge

Learn outside the classroom. Gain confidence. Articulate the skills and experiences that can shape your life and boost your career.

About the Certificate

The Professional Readiness Badge provides you with opportunities to get engaged, be prepared, and grow your professional network through professional development. 

Explore Buffalo’s community, providing service while learning about the needs and opportunities around you. Use your talents, time, and resources to make a difference, all under the mentorship of researchers, faculty, and community leaders.

Explore career paths, participate in internships, make connections with employers and cultivate the skills and work experience necessary for your success. Clarify and support career goals while under the mentorship of researchers, faculty, staff, and prospective employers.

Explore the world and realize your impact, all under the mentorship of faculty, researchers, and staff.

Get Started

Schedule an advising appointment with one of our Student Engagement Ambassadors to learn more about how to get started and what it takes to complete this program.

Certificate Requirements

The first step in obtaining the Professional Readiness Badge is to have a one-on-one meeting with a Student Engagement Ambassador (SEA) who will work with you on finding three (3) areas for you to improve on.

Complete at least one (1) activity listed in each of the three (3) areas you decide to develop. Once completed, please write a one-page paper, 10 slide PowerPoint, or record 2-3 minute long video answering the reflection question. All evidence of completed activities and reflection paper can be uploaded through forms on UBLinked.

NACE Competency Areas

Supporting Evidence

Students will upload evidence of their participation to the UBLinked forms for this micro-credential.


Within their one-page paper, 10 slide PowerPoint presentation, or 2-3 minute long recorded video reflection, students should discuss...

  • How these experiences (and NACE skill development) will help you as a student at UB and in your future career
  • 2-3 examples of things you’ve learned that you will use as a UB student and in your future career

Completed reflection paper will be uploaded in a UBLinked form.

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