Wonderlic Initiative Helps Graduates from Allied Health Programs Showcase Their Skills to Employers

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Wonderlic’s recent Career Education Talent Showcase demonstrated the benefits of competency-based assessments and digital credentials to help graduates stand out to employers.

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One of our students was invited to five interviews because of her badge-filled resume. The employers gave her feedback that they want to see more of these on other applicants’ resumes.

Recently, Wonderlic conducted a Career Education Talent Showcase, which gave students and recent graduates from Allied Health programs the opportunity to complete competency-based assessments and earn digital badges.

“It was an initiative to ensure that employers could recognize who are best prepared to succeed in the fast-paced, challenging healthcare work environment,” said Charlie Wonderlic, CEO, Wonderlic, Inc.

Hundreds of postsecondary students volunteered to take Wonderlic's series of interactive, competency-based assessments for their specific Allied Health Program and earned digital badges. The Career Education Talent Showcase featured:

  • 310 students
  • 8 institutions
  • 2,375 digital badges
  • 4 Allied Health Programs - Medical Assistant, Medical Billing and Coding, Medical Office Assistant, and Phlebotomist

Students who responded to Wonderlic's Talent Showcase Survey reported feeling more confident about their skills after taking the competency-based assessments and being excited about earning and sharing digital badges. In addition, 89% of the students reported that the competency-based assessments reflected what they expect to see on the job.

Here's what some students had to say:

  • “It was great, easy to understand, and exciting to see the skills I’ve learned put to the test.” - Cydney G.
  • “I feel it will definitely be an advantage to be able to document for prospective employers my abilities and specific skills.” - Renae G.

Furthermore, students found that digital badges helped them stand out to employers and land a job. Click here to see digital badges in action on a student’s resume.

According to Alexandria Ferrara, Career Services Advisor, at Pima Medical Institute in Mesa, AZ, “One of our students was invited to five interviews because of her badge-filled resume. The employers gave her feedback that they want to see more of these on other applicants’ resumes.”

According to Nychelle Steen, a recent graduate from Pima's Medical Assistant Program, “The badges gave me the opportunity to really cover my skills.” Steen also said, “I never walked away from an interview feeling like I forgot to mention something regarding my skill set.”

Nychelle added, “During the interviews, I found the employers had many questions about the badges, the more we spoke about them the more impressed they were.”

Since graduation, Nychelle was hired as a medical assistant at a private practice in Mesa.

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