June 3, 2020
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?”
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
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.
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!