Showcase your skills with digital badges
In response to surveys of faculty, students, alumni and industry partners, the Graduate School has identified five core competency areas that are critical to successful degree completion, scholarly and creative contributions and leadership roles across diverse career paths. This initiative issues corresponding micro-credentials in each of the five areas:
- Career Development
- Teamwork & Collaboration
- Leadership & Professionalism
A micro-credential, also called a digital badge, is a tool for showcasing the skills and experience that may not be readily apparent by reading an academic transcript, resume or CV. These badges are shareable via social media (e.g., LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Mozilla Backpack). They can also be embedded on a personal or professional website or added to an email signature to demonstrate skills and experience to prospective employers, colleagues and peers.
Getting ahead with micro-credentials
- Testimonials from Wayne State micro-credential earners
- Mastery of Transferrable Skills by Doctoral Scholars: Visualization using Digital Micro-Credentialing
- Badge breakthroughs: Micro-credentials awarded for in-demand skills give employers deeper detail about a student's abilities
- Annmarie Cano, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, describes micro-credential program in Credly podcast
- Digital Badges: A Hot Career Booster
- Giving Students a Leg Up with Job Skills a Resume Won't Show
- Digital, Verified and Less Open
- Bringing Digital Badges to a Job Search
- Facebook offers micro-credentials for training initiative in Michigan
Stefanie Baier, Postdoctoral scholar, Academic Affairs, Student Success, Office of the Provost
"In the past, I have used traditional approaches to building my resume. I have learned that more and more employers - even in academia - are using professional job sites on social media to select candidates. Micro-credentialing is an exciting way for me to build a portfolio of digital badges which will benefit me when I am on the job market." View Stefanie's Credly profile for micro-credentials earned >
Javad Roostaei, Ph.D. Candidate, Civil & Environmental Engineering
"I am a lifelong learner. I am eager to learn as many as skills I can in my career and life. GPPD seminars give me the opportunity to learn from experienced professionals in the area. I have attended many seminars in Wayne State University. Negotiation Skills, Leadership, Resume to CV, Microaggression, Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL), and Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) workshops, just to name a few. I am very happy that we have this cool micro-credential program now for some of the workshops. To show my accomplishments, I can easily add the certificate to my LinkedIn and employer can also see and verify them much faster." View Javad's Credly profile for micro-credentials earned >
Have a question about micro-credentialing? See our FAQ page for more informaiton. Qualified recipients will be notified by an email from the Graduate School including instructions for accepting and sharing their micro-credential.
Core competency areas
Explore the tabs below for an overview of available and future micro-credentials. Clickable badges connect to a description and criteria.