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June 3, 2020

Puzzles, Purpose, and Certificates

You matter to God, and so do the details of your education

God has given you talents and has a mission for you to fulfill while on this earth. He is interested in you and what you do.1 While it may be challenging, discovering your talents and purpose is worthy of your efforts. As a student, selecting a certificate helps you find another piece of that puzzle and teaches you new talents and skills you can use to bless not only yourself, but those around you.

As you select a certificate during your second semester of PathwayConnect, you may have filled out the interest survey, which suggested the top four certificates that match your interests. The results may have left you wondering, “Hmm, that doesn’t sound like me. What do I do now?” Or maybe your response was, “Wow! I never thought of that before. How can I find out more?”

Learn new skills through a certificate.

The interest survey is a collection of questions measuring your interest in technology, ideas, and people. It is a tool to provide insight about yourself and show the certificates available to take in PC103. It is not meant to decide a certificate for you but to help guide your choices. Ultimately, the decision is yours!

Among your options, you’ll find certificates labeled as introductory or advanced. For your first certificate, only introductory certificates are available. If an advanced certificate interests you, prepare now to take it by learning which certificates you’ll need to take first. The type and requirements for each certificate are listed under “Program Requirements.”

If you are stumped about which certificate to choose or want to learn more about certain certificates, try the following two activities:

Try it on

Explore different certificates by “trying them on.”

If you want to learn more about your possible certificate choices, then explore certificates like you’re trying to find an outfit for an important event such as a date or interview. Finding an outfit to wear for those events sometimes requires imagination and trying on a lot of different options until you find the right combination.

In this activity, “try on” the certificate by imagining yourself already having and using the skills in your everyday life. Then, as you go through your day at work and home, find ways you could use those skills. After a few days of “trying it on,” reflect on what you learned and decide if it’s a good fit for you.

Figure out your goal first. 

Work backwards

When solving a problem, knowing your end goal and working backward to determine where to start can be easier than starting at the beginning and trying to find the end. The same can be true for finding a certificate.

  • Decide your goal or dream you want to accomplish. This could be anything from opening your own business to earning a promotion at work.
  • Identify the skills and steps you need to reach that goal. It may be helpful to interview someone who is already where you hope to be and ask for their advice through an informational interview.
  • Select a certificate with the skills you need to help you achieve your goal.

 

Which certificates are you interested in earning? Comment below!

1. Groberg, John H., “What is your Mission? BYU Speeches, May 1979

Comments on "Puzzles, Purpose, and Certificates"

Allan William Ndiwalana says:

Very good and true advice above, one good question in the above advice is “what is your mission?” When you have a mission and values to protect choosing even an introduction certificate will be easier.

Jonathan Kabambi says:

This information about certificates is pretty useful. I’m on my third semester of the PathwayConnect program. My survey on my certificate choice led me to ”Entrepreneurship.” I want to do business administration for my degree, so I thought the business application would be better than Entrepreneurship for that major. I selected the ”Business Application,” but seeing that my survey brought me to entrepreneurship, do you think that will bring me into business administration for my degree? If not, I would like to be brought back into Business Applicant as I selected.

Jonathan Kabambi

Lauren Conrad says:

Hi, Jonathan! These are great questions. If you contact BYU-Pathway Advising, they can help you choose the right certificate for your goals.

Tiffanie Thomas Bitter says:

I took the survey and it was no surprise when the response came through as Family History Research. I have been Indexing for years and love Family History. I want to be able to work remotely and as a Family History Researcher (or Geneaologist) I will be able to have that option or I can choose to work for someone else. 🙂

Velean L. Williams Brown says:

Very interesting topic. I had some challenges before about which certificate to choose, so I prayed about it. It was then that my mind caught hold of my mother that I cared for many weeks in the hospital, and I realized that I wanted to do something in the health field. The Lord knows us, and He cares about our interests too. If we pray for His guidance, He will hear and help us to find our career path.

Tiffanie Thomas Bitter says:

When I took the “interests survey,” it pointed me toward Family History Research or Entrepreneurship as possibilities, as well as a few others. But the main one was Family History Research, and that works for me because I’ve been doing Indexing for years and I love Family History and helping people. I also want the flexibility of working remotely! 🙂

Chaitan kumar says:

Good blog information about our interest in courses, what to take, and the subject and interest.

Benjamin Hudson says:

My results pointed me towards ideas I hadn’t considered. At first, I had a certificate picked and ready to go, but now I’m in the stage of trying to identify which suits me best in relation to where I’d like to go, as well as any other alternatives to help me get there, in addition to marketability.

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