University of Maine System invites you to participate in Education Design Lab’s BadgedToHire initiative. The global economy is changing—do you have the skills employers are looking for?

Resilience Badge from Education Design LabBegin today with the Resilience Badge!

Did your internship get canceled? Is your summer job not happening? Are your volunteer/travel plans squashed? Or are you always looking for ways to set yourself apart from the pack? Then this is for YOU! Take advantage of this summer to build your resume and be resilient.

University of Maine System recognizes that you are confronted with daily changes that impact your life, loved ones, employment, and community. community. In these times, our capacity to be resilient is more important than ever.

Supported by Education Design Lab’s platform called vsbl (pronounced visible), this learning experience is a free, online course to understand and improve your resilience.  Even though it’s a self-paced experience, you won’t be alone. You will be part of a community of UMS learners striving to be resilient. The course will help you practice the four sub-competencies of resilience:

  • Focus on solutions,
  • Exhibit flexibility,
  • Learn from experience, and
  • Demonstrate self-awareness

Upon successful completion, you will receive an industry-recognized digital badge, a micro-credential which you can add to your resume or share on any personal or professional social media platform.

The University of Maine System is happy to collaborate with Education Design Lab’s BadgedToHire initiative in the offering of this unique opportunity!


The Lab has worked with over a dozen universities and a diverse range of employers to develop a suite of 8 digital badges employers are looking for.

Collaboration Badge from Education Design LabCollaboration

Creative Problem-Solving Badge from Education Design LabCreative Problem Solving

Critical Thinking Badge from Education Design LabCritical Thinking

Empathy Badge from Education Design LabEmpathy

Initiative Badge from Education Design LabInitiative

Intercultural Fluency Badge from Education Design LabIntercultural Fluency

Oral Communication Badge from Education Design LabOral Communication

Resilience Badge from Education Design LabResilience

Begin today with the Resilience Badge! Register here.

Note: Our next badge will be Initiative. Want to get a head start? Email for more information!

  1. Learn, Practice, Reflect
    You will have opportunities throughout to learn, practice, and reflect on the skills in the context of your course or co-curricular program.
  2. Demonstrate Your Skills
    After going through the prescribed modules and practicing you’ll have the opportunity to prove it in a workplace challenge.
  3. Claim + Share your Badge
    Once your facilitator confirms you’ve demonstrated the skill, they’ll award you the badge that you can share on your resume and Linkedin.

Each badge takes approximately 10-15 hours to complete, is self-paced, available online, and free for all University of Maine System students. Begin today with the Resilience Badge! Register here.

There are many advantages for learners who have earned 21st Century Skills Badges.

  1. Stand Out
    Set yourself apart from other job applicants
  2. Visible to Employers
    Those who add badges on their LinkedIn profile get 6x the views
  3. Communicate Your Skills
    You gain a better narrative about your skills to use in interviews
  4. Verified Record of Your Skills
    Build an electronic record beyond your resume and transcript
  5. Constant Improvement
    Students learn about their skill gaps through 360 assessment and peer feedback

checkbox iconEmployer partners will look at your resume. Some of the participating employers include: Bangor Savings Bank, Northern Light Health, and Bath Iron Works.

Badge earners will be invited to a virtual career fair, exclusive to students with these micro-credentials where you’ll have access to even more employers looking for students like you with these micro-credentials.

“[the digital badge helps] hiring managers with identifying the skills that these students have rather than having to sift through resumes. The digital badge easily identifies and separates them from other potential applicants.” – Joanna Morrison, Northern Light Health

For questions about badges, micro-credentials, the Education Design Lab, and navigating the platforms and the online modules please email:

To connect with UMS Career Services please contact the center on your campus: