Digital Badges

Have you heard of digital badges? Do you know why they are so important when it comes to demonstrating your credibility in the job market?

If not, now is the time to learn. The fact is, digital badges are growing in popularity and if you aren’t using them, you may be missing out on some huge benefits.

This isn’t just true for individuals who are looking for a new position. If colleges and continuing education facilities want to entice students to enroll in their programs, they should offer digital badges upon completion of a course.

Remain Relevant with the Help of Digital Badges

Do you know how to remain relevant as a professional when the world is moving so fast?

In the technology sector, the product cycle is either something that lasts between three and six weeks or a continuous release process. With such a high rate of change, in addition to the shift in the employee and employer relationships and the growth in hybrid job roles, you want to stay current and prove this, too – but how can you do it?

The Beginning of the Open Badge Movement

The beginning of the open badge movement was in 2014. This is when professional qualifications and learning achievements took on a digital format. Today, the digital badge is considered to be a “source of truth,” especially in the technology sector.

Before that time, most people didn’t have control over their own credentials and had to return to original certification providers in order to request their transcripts, which can create quite a bit of friction along the way.

By the time 2018 rolled around, there have been more than 15 million digital learning credentials issued. These are used to define what you do, what you know, who backs these claims, how you are assessed and the steps you have taken to earn the certification.

Also, this de-facto qualification language has advanced even further, offering real-time verifications, and even access to more granular skills information.

Advocating for Digital Badges

Some people have called digital badges a “passing trend.” However, with advocates such as IBM, it’s clear these aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, IBM has been recorded as stating that these badges offer the ideal way to “develop and take inventory of skills,” by using a new credential structure that is:

  • Differentiating
  • Timely
  • Discoverable
  • Portable
  • Verifiable

After the company adopted the use of digital badges (which have met all of the criteria above) this helped to increase employee employability, engagement, certifications and skills all across the organization – along with other benefits. In fact, IBM has stated that the results they achieved by using digital badges has exceeded all their expectations.

Take Control of Your Career

In the past, quite a bit of training and accreditation was left completely undocumented and the process of telling your own personal/professional story in a coherent manner was inefficient.

With the introduction of digital badges, workers can take over the process of ensuring they have the skills needed to remain employable along with the evidence necessary to back the claims they are making.

If you have a program that provides continuing education, consider offering digital badges. With their popularity, it will encourage more people to enroll.

In the end, digital certifications are helping individuals (in all sectors) get new jobs and progress and grow in their careers. Additionally, those who currently use digital badges have stated they have a higher level of confidence when they can present their story and clearly demonstrate the specific reasons why are better qualified than another candidate thanks to the use of digital badges.

As you can see, digital badges are a crucial component of telling a personal/professional story and something every job seeker should consider using.