Ever get tired of learning and doing the same things you already know? You would think that being recruited into a school system that utilizes modern technology and office software would’ve prepared you for the ‘real world’, but if your a millennial, I would think you’ve been exposed to enough ‘Microsoft Office’ to land a simple clerical assistant job right? At least… you would think, but sure enough, it’s not enough. And thus begins your journey of finding confidence in pieces of paper that authorize your abilities, abilities you already had but didn’t certify (pay over $300 for). Selling yourself isn’t easy with unsupervised/undocumented learning. Seems like educational courses require your money ( I mean your whole savings), in order for YOUR skills to be considered. What exactly it is that YOU do? I guess you can’t just tell me, since people lie to get a job all the time, and that makes you untrustworthy. At the same time you wonder… when did being upfront about your line of work become obsolete? Just because our society demands proof of education, work experience, and your soul for that matter, doesn’t mean the bad apples are are far from the unjust corporate tree (where they have spawned from in the first place). It’s obvious there is a bigger issue here, and to cope, well… you could build a portfolio, take some tests, earn some certificates, obtain a degree, have a great social network, etc…etc… Or perhaps, this complexity needs to be simplified, perhaps with some source code that wraps all that sparkly peacock feather dance into an image, perhaps digital badges? Maybe I am lazy… or there are just too many regulations preventing me from getting to the point, the point being THESE ARE MY SKILLS, LOOK!!! I found a sliver of hope though, I believe badges can take showcasing those unappreciated skills to the next level. Check out http://openbadges.org/en-US/ to get started. This is the where it all started. Mozilla announced the Open Badges Project on September 15th 2011! So far, there is a badge for just about everything, and they’re sure to have been a lot of earners, but what about displaying your badges? Mozillas Badge Backpack displays your hard earned badges, but are there any recruiters looking for a displayer yet? Because they should be! By the way, adding these courses/badges to your resume has been a particular burning question for the masses, but it is very possible, and I think you will find this to be a common practice in the very near future.
With that being said, I hope to see some proven results from our badge earners, and I will keep us posted on which direction we should go and how to become accredited with badges.
There are already online sites that offer you the opportunity to level up your life. Go post your badges and projects to your Facebook, spread the word to your employers, and share your experience with others!
Some great places to start learning and earning are
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