Demonstrating new skills with digital badges
Some schools offer micro-credentials, or digital badges, that validate your achievements (both technical and soft skills) in a specific area. A digital badge will contain your name and the name of the school awarding you that badge. It may also be embedded with metadata providing further details, such as what you produced to earn the badge. Essentially, digital badges signal skills achievements or demonstration to prospective employers.
Different ways to earn a digital badge
Earning a badge can happen a number of ways, depending on how and where you acquire your education. Some examples include:
- Completing an online workshop or courses
- Completing related assignments
- Volunteer work in your chosen field
- Various achievements outside the classroom in your field of interest
University of Phoenix (UOPX), for example, offers digital badges for both undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs.
Digital badges arrived at UOPX about two years ago, according to Vice Provost Doris Savron. They give students an “artifact” to use on social media or their resumé to demonstrate what they learned, which empowers them to back up statements on their resumé with a visual badge.
For prospective employers who value skills-based hiring, digital badges provide reassuring insights to a candidate’s qualifications because they add evidence-based details to what a resumé says.
Digital badges can also help students define their brand and focus on a career path while distinguishing them from a crowded field of job seekers.
Conveniently, badges can be emailed or sent as a digital attachment to prospective employers or used on professional social media profiles, such as on LinkedIn®.
It’s worth noting that many corporations use digital badges for the advancement of their existing workforce, not just for recruiting new workers. These badges allow managers to quickly assess newly acquired skill sets, incentivize employees to acquire new skill sets, invest in their employees’ careers and encourage a culture of lifelong learning.