Launching Skillset: A New Way to Develop Your Career

We launched Skillset.com in late 2014 with a fairly simple goal: Make it easier, faster, and more gainful to prepare for professional certifications that advance your career. Since then, we’ve added over 100,000 questions to our proprietary testing engine, and we’ve built out countless individualized skills that allow you to test yourself against them one by one—all for free.

Here at the beginning, we plan to keep adding questions, skills and resources by the truckload, of course. Providing free, up-to-date, intuitive test preparation for certifications is our guiding purpose. But we have to admit—we’re up to more than that.

We want to change the way people think about career advancement, and the way people achieve it. To do that, we need to change the way people think about education in general.

In large part, that’s what this blog is for. Not only to discuss Skillset and what you can use it for, but also to discuss the future of education. We see education as moving from a hurdle one crosses to an endeavor you never stop pursuing. We want it to move from a qualification for a job to being a part of the job. And we want the skills you acquire to stop being static claims on your resume and start being a proven, concrete framework that defines the best and most recent version of you.

Those are big claims, we know. But we aren’t just going to make claims. We’re going to prove them. That’s what we help our users do, and that’s what we believe in.

 

How We Prove Our Value—Just Like Our Users

 

Before you understand where we’re going, it’s important to understand where we’ve been, and where we’re starting.

We’re starting with professional information technology certification because, frankly, it’s what we know best. At this moment, Skillset.com offers tens of thousands of free practice exam questions for certifications like CISSP, PMP, CEH and CHFI. And not only are we offering free practice tests, we’re revolutionizing the way people study for certification exams with our proprietary testing engine.

With our tools, you can take hundreds of varying tests and micro-skills evaluations on your way to exam readiness, and track your progress along the way. Skillset allows you to see how you’ve scored on various skills, how much progress you’ve made toward being ready for your final certification exam, and our unique way of grouping practice tests based on individual skills even lets you see which skills are your strong suits and where you need the most practice.

 

Certifications We’re Launching With

 

At launch, we built powerful testing tools for each of the following well-known professional certifications:

  • PMP Test Prep:
    The Project Management Professional (PMP) is a globally recognized management certification offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI). It is popular among IT professionals as well as several industries beyond strictly information technology, particularly within government and large public or private corporate organizations.
  • CEH Test Prep:
    The Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH) certification is offered by the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Counsel) and is meant to designate professionals who identify security vulnerabilities and other system insecurities on behalf of the system owner. It is a popular certification for IT professionals and much sought-after by employers.
  • CHFI Test Prep:
    The Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) certification is another professional credential offered by the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Counsel). If a CEH certification is meant to test, explore and prevent future cyber crimes, the CHFI certification covers the other side of the story – proving that the certificate holder can effectively investigate cyber crimes after they’ve happened.

 

Skillset offers tens of thousands of free practice questions within each of these individual certifications, grouped even more specifically within hundreds of unique skill categories.

With the tools we’ve built into our system, users can mix and match skills, study for cross-pollinating exams, or create their own unique practice test in seconds—all while tracking their progress, understanding their strong (and weak) points, and more efficiently planning and studying for their certification than ever before.

 

How Skillset is Redefining Education

 

We’re not stopping with IT certifications—or professional certifications at all.

We’ll be adding thousands of new questions, hundreds of new skills, and of course dozens of new certifications and micro-certifications as quickly as we (and our users) can grow them. These will fall both inside and outside of traditional and established professional credentials from accredited certifying bodies.

The reason for this is simple: We believe that education occurs every day, in every job, everywhere. We believe that if you’ve grown your skillset—or if you want to—9 times out of 10 you learned those skills without the benefit of a standardized test or certificate.

Our vision for Skillset, put simply, is that you should be able to prove that growth—not just to yourself, but also to everyone else. Your boss. Your new company. Your peers. How do you prove it now? Most likely, by demonstration. Skillset gives you a venue to demonstrate those skills every day, and come away with evidence to prove it.

And this blog is a big part of that vision. We hope you’ll follow us here (and via our social media accounts) to learn about things far, far beyond IT certifications. We’ll be bringing experts here to talk about the future of education, next-level training systems, how to close skills gaps—not just in the professional world but also at the university level and within the growing need for continuing education in the modern workforce.

 

What You Can Look Forward to From the Skillset Blog:

 

  • Interviews with Leading Minds in Education
    We’ll be bringing together a collection of the world’s foremost experts, most innovative thinkers, and iconoclastic figures to talk about where our workforce is going, how education will look in the 21st century, and what we can all do to stay ahead of the game.
  • Deep-Thinking Analysis From Professional Trainers
    You’ll be able to find next-level advice and perspectives from human resources professionals, corporate trainers, and industry leaders about what it takes to build—and be a part of—a new generation’s workforce that’s built to be nimble and to last.
  • Thought-Provoking Commentary From Business Leaders
    We’ll be relying on people who broke the mold to help us break the credentialing mold. Anyone who’s interested in advancing their career should read far-reaching opinions from industry leaders and outside-the-box thinkers in every field imaginable.

 

Check back here—and register for Skillset—to keep up with us and stay on the cutting edge of career development, education, training resources, and professional certification.

We’ll be there, and on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and this blog.

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