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Cool Professional Development Tool Review: Degreed

A few months ago I was at a conference at which Kelly Palmer, Chief Learning Officer at Degreed, delivered the opening keynote speech.

A few weeks later, I was emailing with a colleague and she mentioned how impressed she was with Degreed.

A few weeks after that, I got a call from a Degreed sales rep to gauge my organization’s interest in using their platform on an enterprise level.

It seemed the universe was trying to tell me to take a closer look, so I finally checked it out for myself. I liked it. Here’s why.  

I signed up for an individual account. There’s really not much of a social aspect to it (I’m still trying to figure out what it means to follow someone or to have followers). I can’t see what courses or articles or videos other people are checking out.

The power of the (free!!!) individual Degreed account is that I can simply track everything I read, watch, write or attend for my own personal/professional development. There is a gamified aspect to it as well in that you’re awarded points for any article you read or video you watch or post that you write (I’ll be getting approximately 1.5 points for today’s blog post!!) which is kind of fun (who doesn’t like to earn points… even though they don’t really mean much, especially with the personal account where you can’t see how many points anyone else has).

I think the best part of the personal Degreed account is the way in which the system suggests content for you to consume.

Want to find some new content to hone your craft? It’s there.

Have a new job in which you’re faced with a learning curve and you’re looking for what others in the industry have to say? It’s there.

Prior to using Degreed, I found myself re-visiting the same videos, articles, Slideshare presentations and blogs time and time again. I was desperate to find new content and fresh ideas, but I didn’t know where to look.

Somehow, Degreed finds articles, videos and other resources that are new… or at least new to me (some of the content Degreed has recommended for me is from 2010 or 2013, but it’s all new to me).

Another thing I appreciate about the system is that when you go to archive something you’ve read or watched or listened to, you’re asked to write a brief reflection on what you learned.


On Thursday I’ll share a few of the better resources Degreed has recommended for me on the topics of learning and development as well as storytelling.

Between now and then, why not head over to Degreed, sign up for a free account and see what kind of content it recommends for you? I’d love to hear what you find!


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