Re-Discovering Great Teachers in Degreed

Great teachers accept students for who they are without judgment or bias. If we are lucky, we enjoy this experience once or twice before graduating high school. Then in the “real world,” we are told we have to check this box and that box way over there before we are allowed to walk through the first door. If we fail or don’t answer the questions correctly, we are told, “too bad, that is how the world works.” Why is that acceptable? Why can’t the world accept us for who we are and help us find our sweet spot?

Why are we left out to dry when we are perhaps more vulnerable in our thirties and forties than we were in high school? In the middle of a divorce or raising your third child, your employer tells you in order to get promoted and make more money so you can pay the court fees or help your oldest daughter go to college, you have to check more boxes and meet their requirements before they will let you cross the bridge. What they don’t see are the late nights studying and reading books at the local library because you couldn’t afford to pay for college courses. Shouldn’t that count for something? Shouldn’t you be recognized for the late nights you stay up to read those five extra pages or take another course on Codecademy?

Where are those teachers who inspired us when we were growing up? In the middle of our careers, we need those teachers more than ever.

Lately I have been writing about Degreed and I am starting to wonder if that is the answer to the teachers or mentors we are searching for. Just like a great teacher, the mark of great educational technology is when the platform and community accepts you for who you are. Instead of judging you, it showcases your accomplishments for the whole world to celebrate. Companies and organizations can easily see your sweet skills and what you are proud of. Then when they invite you in for an interview, you can showcase those skills and tell them a story of how you are going to help their community and clients succeed.

When I look back, I realized I drafted up three learning guides I thought folks could use to compliment their Degreed experience which you can check out below. They aren’t fancy but hopefully you can get the essence:

Degreed Agile Learning Guide v1.1
Degreed Agile Learning Guide v2.0
Degreed Agile Learning Guide v3.0

Also, in the spirit of synchronicity, on my drives to and from work, I have been listening to the book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love. One unique message among many is how to use the career capital you build up over years and years of hard work to craft a niche in the world that people will pay for so you can create a career you fall in love with.

It reminded me of the fact that genuine skills, credibility, and trust are what companies and organizations are looking for. That is what Degreed is providing, a community and platform to not only showcase your expertise but also your genuine spirit that only you can design. We are all lifelong learners at heart, the trick is visualizing that spectrum in a way that resonates with everyone.

I was raised by teachers and my goal was to become a teacher, just like mom and dad. Fortunately, I have fallen into that goal as a project manager and with technology like Degreed, I finally believe we can re-discover those great teachers we had growing up.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you agree with this idea, please let me know and if you disagree, please let me know as well. Learning is a unique and beautiful experience and I hope these words help you in your journey.