The Online Student’s Guide to Professional Credentials

As you begin the new year, your resolutions may include job and education goals. The options for expanding your professional knowledge and technical skills are offered by a wide range of schools and organizations. The emergence of new formats, such as  badges and nanodegrees, has caused some confusion however. Can these opportunities help you get ahead in your career?

Even after you have a college degree (or several) the question of credentials persists. Should I, for example, pursue certification as a professional resume writer or career coach? Or maybe completing a certificate in online teaching would help me find new course contracts? What about social media certificate programs and writing badges? These questions are ongoing, but there are resources available to help me, and you, make good decisions about our professional development resources.

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