The Redbird Career Portfolio (RCP) is a certificate program designed to allow students to participate in a variety of experiential learning activities beginning in his or her freshman year and continuing through their senior year.
The Redbird Career Portfolio (RCP) is designed specifically to teach the professionalism skills needed for a successful career. The RCP is a way for students to set themselves apart and show that they are actively pursuing personal development opportunities.
The professionalism skills referred to include written and oral communications; personal ethics, management, and the importance networking.
Is this Redbird Career Portfolio (RCP) program required?
No, completion or participation in RCP is not required by the College of Business. Instead, the program is a way for students not only to set themselves apart by becoming active on campus, but also to show that they have an interest in personal development.
What activities are included in the Redbird Career Portfolio (RCP)?
There are four levels in the Redbird Career Portfolio (RCP). Each level includes multiple activities. The activities vary from year to year as the students work their way through the program. Activities may include videos, in-person events, educational material, interactions, and written reflections. Using a platform called Suitable, you can track what activities you’ve completed and keep leveling up. Once a level is completed you will receive a certificate signifying your accomplishment.
Click on this here to access the brochure and full list of Redbird Career Portfolio (RCP) activities.
What if a student doesn’t complete all of the achievements?
We do our best to make sure students have an opportunity to complete all their RCP activities. If a student completes all the activities in Level 1, they will receive a certificate for their accomplishment. The goal is to continue to move up to Level 4. Upon completing this level, the student will receive a certificate of completion for reaching the program goal.
What is Suitable and MentorCloud?
Suitable organizes the activities involved in RCP to assist you in completing your achievements on time.
MentorCloud is a platform used to help mentors connect with new students in order to assist them with their transition to campus and to provide advice on teachers, majors, etc. MentorCloud is also used to connect juniors and professional mentors. This is a great opportunity for students to learn from working professionals, learn about a potential career field, and to network.
To see the expectations of mentees who will interact with professional mentors, please click here.
Can students participate if they do not want to complete all of the achievements?
Of course you can. Students are encouraged to participate in as many activities as they’d like, even if they are not looking to earn the full certificate. Remember, the activities are divided into Levels. You can work through them however you like. The levels will allow you to receive specific certificates for that achievement group.
What experiences, events, and activities count for credit?
If you have any questions about events or activities that do or don’t count for credit, please contact us at RedbirdCareerPortfolio@ilstu.edu. There are some available substitutions for certain activities that we are happy to work on with you. Contact us at RedbirdCareerPortfolio@ilstu.edu in advance to be certain you will receive credit.
Is this available to transfer students or students who change their major?
Yes, the RCP is available to transfer students or students who change their major. Students have access to all of the levels and their corresponding activities. Please note: students who transfer out of the College of Business are no longer eligible to participate in the program.Having issues: I lost my login info, can’t find my invitation email, can’t find the website, etc.
Please contact us at RedbirdCareerPortfolio@ilstu.edu or stop by SFHB 201 between the hours of 9:00 am - 3:00 pm so that we assist you.
For fall 2020, we are offering Virtual Office Hours to assist students with any questions they have regarding RCP activities. Please check here for the schedule of Virtual Office Hours and Zoom Meeting links.
Are you ready to get started?
Join Redbird Career Portfolio (RCP) by logging into Suitable to start your professional development journey.