3 Ways Competency-Based Education Programs Give Your Students an Advantage in their Job Hunt
Let’s take a moment to be honest. Even though competency-based education (CBE) programs are becoming more common, not everyone is sold on their value. Some educators, employers, and even students are still stuck on the traditional model where a set number of required credit hours are accrued and neatly bundled together to add up to a two- or four-year degree. On the other hand, those who are pro-CBE believe that more time spent strengthening areas of weakness, and less time spent on redundant coursework, gives way to a more practical and well-rounded learning experience. So, if your school offers CBE programs, what you need to do is reassure your students that CBE is worth the money—especially as it relates to their job search.
3 Reasons Employers Like Hiring CBE Grads
They know what they’re getting
When a new grad simply fills his or her resume with a litany of classes, it’s hard for the potential employer to know exactly what the student learned in ‘Fundamentals of Information Systems.’ All they know is that the class was taken to fulfill a requirement. However, since CBE breaks down a degree into various individual competencies, a CBE grad can provide clear detail about what he or she has learned and can do. Furthermore, a CBE grad will probably have an ePortfolio that shows the potential employer shows the application of what was learned in action, which leads to a more informed hiring decision.
Candidates learn faster and are more productive
Since CBE programs offer fast-paced flexibility, students can bypass subjects they’re already competent in and immediately focus on becoming more proficient in other areas. This means CBE students spend less time getting their degree, which benefits employers because they then have access to a skilled, educated workforce sooner. An employer further benefits from the fully developed skill set of CBE grads since they will spend less time on training (great for a company’s bottom line) and more time reaping the benefits of an employee’s pertinent expertise.
They have practical experience with work-life balance
The best (and usually the happiest) employees are those whose lives do not revolve solely around work. Thanks to the online availability of most CBE programs, students can balance classes and life in a manner that not only works for them, but is also more productive. This ethos then carries over to future employment where they will have an advantage over grads from more traditional schools when it comes to the critical skills needed to give their professional and personal responsibilities symmetry.
Preparing for the Journey
Academic institutions will always be meccas of new ideas, research, and a place to shape young minds. What will continue to evolve is the ‘why.’ For those advancing their education, attending college is about preparing for the future, and making a positive impact on their family and their communities going forward. CBE programs are an innovative way to help students achieve this positive impact.
Share in the comments the ways your CBE program is prepping students for success in the workforce.
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