Revolutionizing The Way We Get Hired


We’ve previously written about the Internet of Things (IoT) and Pearson’s participation in the newly-formed IoT Talent Consortium (IoTTC). Today, we dig deeper into how Pearson is helping the Consortium close the IoT skills gap through digital badging solutions.


Most of us are familiar with fitness trackers like the FitBit, voice recognition assistants like Alexa, and automated home thermostats like Nest. But what you may not realize is all these items are part of the Internet of Things (IoT). That is, the connection of everyday items via the Internet.

As these devices become more and more common in our daily lives—Cisco predicts there will be 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020—the need for skilled workers to fully meet the potential of the IoT will grow as well.

That’s where Pearson and Acclaim enter the picture.

Built-In Validation

“Digital badges have the potential to change the way employers find candidates to fill open jobs,” says, Jarin Schmidt, online learning expert and Director of Acclaim Services at Pearson.

Someday soon, he says, hiring managers may be able to enter the concrete skills required for a certain job into a search engine, and get back a list of job seekers who have been verified to have those exact skills by credible sources.

“Instead of me saying I am skilled in the Microsoft Office Suite, it will be Microsoft saying I am,” Jarin says.

“The verification that a candidate is well-suited for a job is baked into the process—it’s a win-win for the employer and the employee.”

Closing The IoT Skills Gap

“There is a gap between the number of job roles needed to realize the potential of IoT and the number of workers in the market with the skills needed to fill those roles,” Jarin says.

“It’s getting bigger by the day.”

Acclaim, Pearson’s digital badging platform, is helping to address this issue. By mapping the skills needed for IoT careers to jobseekers in the market, companies can better identify potential employees.

Jarin helped design and build the platform, and now helps to manage it.

“A digital badge is an online representation of a skill or achievement someone has earned online or in person,” he explains.

All badges issued by Acclaim are compliant with the Open Badge standard.

Open Badges take the concept of digital badges a step further, because they are verified by a network of credible academic institutions, professional associations, and organizations,” Jarin says.

Students who earn digital badges are able to share them online via their LinkedIn and Facebook profiles, or email signatures.

“Displaying your badges on your online profiles is a great way to give potential employers a full picture of your skillset and promote your personal brand,” Jarin says.


“Displaying your badges on your online profiles is a great way
to give potential employers a full picture of your skillset
and promote your personal brand,” Jarin says.


Earning Digital Badges Via The IoTTC

Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, Vice President for the multinational technology corporation Cisco, consults with colleagues and customers about IoT issues on a daily basis.

She also heads up the Internet of Things Talent Consortium (IoTTC), a community of executives from corporations, academia, startups, and learning organizations with the common goal of developing IoT talent.

Recognizing the broad need its member companies have for evaluating talent more effectively in the evolving IoT economy, Jeanne contacted Pearson for help with digital badging, Jarin says.

“We have deep expertise in the area, so it made sense for us to work together.”

With Pearson’s help, the IoTTC had curated more than 50 online badges and certifications that are compliant with the Open Badging standard.

On the back end, badges are issued via Pearson’s Acclaim platform.

The hope, Jarin says, is that Pearson and IoTTC work together to make more badges available to learners over time, bridging the gap between the number of IoT workers needed and those with the right skills.


The hope is that Pearson and IoTTC work together
to make more and more badges available to learners over time.


“It’s exciting work, innovating how employees connect and interact with employers in the IoT economy,” he says.

“We like to say we’re turning learning into earning.”