Earn an E-Certificate for Free: Welcome to DigiSkills
July 22 2021 · 4 min read
Instead of trying to witness your nerdy friend wasting a mini second, you must wait for a miracle to happen. When you are planning trips to kill your boredom on vacations, they are enrolling in online courses to get E-certificates for their CVs. And if by any chance getting E-certificate bribes you into enrolling at Coursera or edX, it might fall as a disappointment upon you. Because they do not offer full courses and certificates for free. And you might not be willing to pay for an E-Certificate. But before turning your back on online courses check out DigiSkills.
What is DigiSkills?
A virtual university sounds fun, right? You do not have to wake up to the buzzing of an alarm and drag your butt face to the campus. DigiSkills is the first virtual university of Pakistan introduced by the government. The head of this program is the ministry of IT and telecom with the collaboration of Ignite National Technology Fund. It is an online training program that aims to hammer new skills in youth. These skills are a set of courses that are highly demanded in the freelance market. The specialty of the program, which imposes restrictions on it at the same time is that it is designed especially for Pakistani youth. The lectures are delivered in a mixed plate of Urdu and English.
One who understands Urdu and English should enroll in this course because it is for free. And who does not like free buffets? It not only offers an e-course but also grants an E-certificate signed by the government. The certificate is of a certain value and can be used on your profiles like Fiverr.
Courses offered on DigiSkills.
DigiSkills gives you the privilege to earn a new skill or polish an existing one. After taking any course on this platform you would be able to say that you are an excellent content writer or a graphic designer. Moreover, you would have enough knowledge of your skill that you can even sell it. It currently offers 10 active courses, which are as follow:
- E-Commerce Management
- Digital Marketing
- Digital Literacy
- Quick Books
- Auto CAD
- Word Press
- Graphic Design
- Creative Writing
- SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
Accessing the DigiSkills Program
DigiSkills is an online course thus all you need is an internet connection and a laptop. It also has its mobile app so you can take your classes on an android phone. One needs to sign up on DigiSkills through google and then wait for the respective batch to begin. Once the batch begins, candidates are notified through email or a mobile message. Currently, batch-10 is in process.
When enrollment starts it is done on a first come first serve basis. Anybody with any level of qualification can enroll in a maximum of two courses in a batch. The only requirement is that candidates should understand Urdu and the English language.
After a month of being enrolled candidates are notified before the batch begins. Lectures to the curses are recorded by experts of each field and uploaded on DigiSkill’s LMS every week. One is not bound to attend the lectures at any specific time. One can watch the lectures whenever they want within the weeks’ time. It is better to complete the 5-10 minutes lecture videos in respective weeks because graded assignments and quizzes are uploaded at the end of the week. The course material is accessible at any time throughout the course duration. The discussions are only open in the respective week and any question you ask will be immediately answered by the team.
Once you are done with your course/s in your batch you can enroll again with a new batch for new courses. You still would be able to access videos and hands-on exercises from your previous course. However, books and links will not be available.
How does DigiSkills help in freelancing?
Pakistan holds the 4th position globally in freelancing. It is trying to engage more youth in this field. DigiSkills is an initiative to make youth financially independent by guiding them about how the digital market works and what is in demand.
DigiSkills offers an individual course in freelancing as well as you will be guided about job opportunities in freelance markets. However, DigiSkills itself does not provide jobs to the candidates. It will enlighten you about Fiverr, UpWork, Guru.com, Freelancer.com, PeoplePerHour.com, and many other freelance places where you can sell your skill.
The course in freelancing will give an insight into each freelance market individually. And guides you about setting up your profile, biding, writing a gig, and earning. Everything that you would need to know to become a seller and financially independent is available here.
DigiSkills is a platform worth enrolling in. It aims to make youth financially independent and teaches them to utilize their skills. It specializes you in your respective skill or you can learn a new one. All you need to do is enroll in a course and take your course seriously. If you put enough effort and score 50% marks you will get an E-certificate for free.