About the Badge
Developing good interpersonal and “soft skills” will improve your ability to work with others, achieve tasks more efficiently, and feel happier in whichever organization you work in. The courses that make up this badge have traditionally been highly sought after but rarely taught. Often, the expectation is that employees should instinctively know how to manage time, information, and themselves — but these skills can be taught, and learned.
That’s where our Strengthening Your Core badge can help:
- Our course on Marketing Yourself runs through the best ways to stand out from the crowd, including interviewing techniques and how to present yourself.
- Our course on Time Management covers the best techniques for managing time on projects as well as individual tasks; how to prioritize tasks when there are multiple deadlines; and what to do if you don’t think you have enough time to achieve something that has been requested.
- Our course on Mastering Media helps students learn how apply good information-gathering practices so they can be confident that what they are communicating is always accurate and able to withstand scrutiny.
Time and Equipment Requirements
Each of the three courses that comprise the Strengthening Your Core badge is 4 weeks long. That means you can complete the entire badge in only 12 weeks! Each week during a course, you will have two 1-hour sessions of live instruction, and then 1-2 hours of homework.
That means a total time commitment of no more than 12-16 hours per course. This length of time allows students to fully explore the course topic and develop strong foundational skills without having to commit to a lengthy training program.
Plus, you won’t need any fancy equipment to participate. As long as you have a computer and an Internet connection, you can be a Signum Path student.
Our program uses GoToWebinar conferencing software for live class sessions. Through the GTW interface, you can ask questions and submit comments to your instructor. The instructor can also allow audio for individual comments or group discussions, depending on the needs of the course. Video sharing is also available for demonstrations, presenting assignments, and other interactive elements.
The courses in the Strengthening Your Core badge will also use a Google Classroom that you will access through a Signum-provided email address. In that classroom space, you can view and submit assignments, check the course schedule, and discuss ideas with your instructor and fellow participants.
- Marketing Yourself: $225 for individuals / $495 for companies
- Time Management: $225 for individuals / $495 for companies
- Mastering Media: $225 for individuals / $495 for companies
The professors are knowledgeable and great to work with.George W., July 2020