To meet the needs of today’s changing work landscape, it’s not enough to be an expert in your field. Research tells us graduates often lack critical "smart" skills when they enter the workforce. Beyond technical and academic abilities, employers across all career sectors are using transferable skills as a measure of success when it comes to separating average employees from standout employees. And today, the most desirable qualities they’re searching for are leadership skills, interpersonal skills, the ability to drive impact, digital marketing, innovation and creative thinking.
So how do you a) obtain all six and b) demonstrate your learning? Enter Torrens University Australia’s Smart Skills Digital Badges. Endorsed by leading Australian organisations, including Kathmandu, Ovolo Hotels, Canva and BLab, our Smart Skills Digital Badges advance your development, preparing you to meet the challenges of tomorrow’s industry.
What is a Digital Badge?
At first glance, a Digital Badge seems nothing more than a digital image file. Delve a little deeper, though, and this technology is a standard to recognise and verify learning. A virtual acknowledgement of an earned credential, demonstrated skill or professional achievement, Digital Badges hold a portfolio of evidence of your learning, backed by machine-readable metadata. Being sharable and verifiable, future employers, clients, organisations and education institutions can see exactly what you have done and what you are capable of.
Which Smart Skills Digital Badges can you earn?
Torrens University has developed six Digital Badges designed to accelerate and future-proof your career. Whether you’re a student, graduate or professional, you can gain essential, work-ready and competency-building credentials by completing a series of online courses in:
- Championing Organisational Change and Driving Impact
- Creative and Critical Thinking
- Interpersonal and Workplace Essentials
- Digital Innovation Essentials
- Digital Marketing Essentials
- Leadership Essentials
These categories are made up of five or six short courses, which require one to two hours of on-demand learning, delivered 100 per cent online. Mobile-friendly, they can be taken anytime, anywhere, at your own pace. Once you have completed all the courses in your chosen smart skill, you earn a Digital Badge.
How do Smart Skills Digital Badges work?
Unlike traditional certificates, each Digital Badge holds a portfolio of evidence of your learning. Being shareable and verifiable, others can trust you possess the skills identified on the badge and find out exactly what you did to earn your credential and what that means for your skill set.
The badges are linked to metadata hosted on the Credly Acclaim Digital Credentialing Platform, which enables you to manage, share and verify your competencies digitally. This means you can add the credentials to social media platforms such as LinkedIn and Facebook, include them in your CV and personal website or as a link to your email signature. You can also share them directly with employers, clients, organisations, etc.
Over time, you’ll build a visual portfolio of the skills you’ve gained and the strengths you offer. Which is especially good news for jobseekers, who can’t exactly prove smart skills on job applications.
Can you gain credits after earning a Digital Badge?
The short answer: yes. When you complete six on-demand short courses, you qualify for a Digital Badge. When you’ve acquired all six Smart Skills Digital Badges, you can opt to take a Professional Practice Assessment and gain credit towards a formal qualification – which is equivalent to one undergraduate or postgraduate subject at Torrens University.
Why should you start collecting your Smart Skills Digital Badges?
Investing in your personal and professional development is key if you want to stay relevant and thrive in the current and future workplace. When you receive a Digital Badge from Torrens University Australia, it signals to others you have earned recognition for a learning outcome, credential or professionally relevant achievement. Showcasing those achievements in a credible and validated way increases your chances of being noticed by your network.
Employability and credibility aside, the knowledge and skills you gain from upskilling and reskilling allow you to keep up to date with industry trends and increase your opportunities in the workplace and beyond. Student or graduate, employee or expert, individuals at all stages in their career can benefit from our Smart Skills Digital Badges.