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Online learning has exploded in recent years as a supplement to traditional schooling. Not only can you save enormous amounts of money learning online, but also gaining credit for that valuable time could be the differentiator you need to help you land your dream job.
Check out the 5 + 1:
1. The job market is increasingly competitive.
According to Forbes, 118 people apply for every open job, and only about 20% of those applicants get the chance to interview for the position. How will online learning help you stand out above the other 117? Initiative is listed as the number one quality that influences the final hiring decision for 31% of employers, so proving your ability to learn and adapt is crucial.
2. The Internet is the largest library that has ever existed.
There are over 1.2 billion active websites currently online, storing enough words to fill a stack of books stretching from Earth to Pluto 30 times! In addition, there are 1200 Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offered online for free. With all of this information, your passion for learning can be realized for any topic imaginable.
3. Online media is now the number one source of information
Online media consumption has now surpassed TV as the number one source of information, and the trend is expected to continue. The average American spends more than 5 hours online every day.
4. The vast majority of Americans are disengaged at work
As a result of poor job-matches and a lack of passion for their work, 82% of Americans are not fully engaged, costing the U.S. economy half of a trillion dollars annually in lost productivity. Employees that can prove they will be engaged will be hired. Employers need a better metric.
5. Online learning demonstrates curiosity and initiative
Curiosity and passion now rival intelligence in our hyper connected world. “The winners won’t just be those with more I.Q. It will also be those with more P.Q. (passion quotient) and C.Q. (curiosity quotient) to leverage all the new digital tools, and to not just learn but to relearn for a lifetime.” – Thomas Freidman, NY Times.
Use StackUp to get credit for all of the reading and learning you do online. The application captures time spent online, scores it in 60 categories, and creates the data-driven StackUp Report, which you can add to your resume when you apply for a job.
I realized the need for StackUp when I was in business school and wanted to apply for a job at Tesla Motors, but my resume failed to document the thousands of hours I had spent learning online about automotive technology. I needed a quantitative way to prove I was the right hire in addition to my degree and experience.
StackUp allows you to prove and share only what you want to others. So you don’t have to share your Social Network score, but maybe your News & Info score, your Real Estate score, or your Automotive score to your friends and next employer. The software is smart and only gives you credit when you are engaged at a website. More employers are accepting the StackUp report daily. Take, for example, the Economist articles you follow, the tech journal you spend an hour reading daily, or even the fashion websites you check every day. When you apply for a job in business, technology, or fashion, StackUp’s categories match up to these and other major career industries to document your knowledge and engagement.
Check out StackUp.net – we are working to democratize learning by unleashing the Internet as a powerful tool to help you get a job.