Suggestion: Share our completion badges on more Social Sites like LinkedIn
Thought I'd suggest that once a user completes a language course that badges can be shared on more social media forms like LinkinIn. As a professional growing her network and seeking more job opportunities, it would be a huge help to show on LinkedIn that I've completed a course on Duolingo.
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This would fit in well with open badges which work on linkedin but can also be used on other sites.
Not sure if that will add much value to the profile. It's possible for someone to complete an entire course in less than an hour with some help from Google. The certificate they offer at the Test Center, though, will have real value (once it gains acceptance by a good percentage of universities and corporates). They provide an option to share the certificate on LinkedIn.
I disagree but appreciate your input on this thread for sure. I have only seen certificates available for English learners. Are certificates available for other languages? Perhaps I'm looking in the wrong places.
Not yet. But, that seems to be the on the cards with the change in focus from translations to education.
Maybe it's different for some fields, but I've always been told to not bother to put your language proficiency unless you're actually pretty adept. Here's one example.
That said, employers do like to hear that you're teaching yourself new skills. It's a handy thing to provide as a hobby or an example of how you're continuing to develop yourself. Duolingo integration just seems unnecessary. LinkedIn already has silly features that don't add a whole lot to the profile (like endorsements), so it might not be taken too seriously.
I hear ya but I do have friends who are recruiters and I just recently joined the job seeker premium service myself on LinkedIn. They do want to see those--endorsements and any certifications. Especially recommendations. I've worked for 2 global companies and they both would have loved to see at least a limited working proficiency. It would have opened more doors for me for sure. I've even seen recent positions posted where they prefer a limited working limited proficiency. Although not a requirement, it would set you above the rest. Anything helps :)
Really? The endorsements that pop up when you go to linkedin--the ones where you're prompted to endorse your friends--are actually looked upon favorably? AskAManager hates them, because there's no quality assurance, it's just whatever others in your network click on. But endorsements and recommendations, that makes sense: they have names and titles attached to those.
I do agree that the proficiency needed depends on the job and the field. The language probably also matters: B1 level of Spanish is probably not going to be terribly interesting because it's so common, but B1 level in Cantonese or Arabic would be. (At least, here in the States.)
A great example of this is thru Lydia.com which is an online course tutorial covering many areas. It's owned by LinkedIn too and once you complete a lecture you can list it as a course and get a certificate with a license # on LinkedIn. This is invaluable. I hope Duo really considers this for us to utilize someday.
Hey guys if you haven't noticed, we can now share out fluency badges to LINKEDIN!!!!!! This is awesome!!!!!!!!! Thanks for your comments and insights and overrall contribution to making this happen. #AwesomeSauce