Education & Training
In today's economy you have to keep current on your skills. Keeping track of your knowledge and learning how to communicate what you know to potential employers and partners are essential skills. In The Facts of Life Book Course and Community you'll get access to resume templates, learn about differences between a curriculum vitae and a resume, and - if it's important to you - learn some simple strategies for keeping your information up to date online via LinkedIn and/or your own web site/online portfolio.
Gathering Education & Training Records
To get started with any of these options though, the first step is to make sure you have as much of your educational history as possible collected. Here are some typical resources people like to have available as a part of their Facts of Life Book.
Transcripts from all educational institutions, including a military transcript if applicable
A list of all educational institutions attended that includes the location of the institution, dates you attended (typically month and year is sufficient), program(s) of study, degrees, certificates, or other credentials earned, your earned grade point average (GPA)
Lists of online training courses you've completed (i.e. LinkedIn Learning, Coursera, etc.)
Exemplars of the work you completed in the education and training program (i.e. major course projects and papers and/or write ups or videos highlighting these)
Awards and recognitions you earned during your education and training, including letters from faculty, advisors, and mentors
Copies of education and learning adjacent related assessment results such as Meyers Briggs and Strengths Finder.
For parents, you have a right to a copy of your child's elementary and secondary school records. The U.S. Federal Law that allows this (Family Educational Right to Privacy Act, or FERPA) is also the same law that indicates that regardless of who is paying for the education, you do not have those same rights for college courses your child is taking, regardless of their age.
In the Facts of Life Course and Community, you'll gain access to carefully curated and evaluated resources including web sites, tools, books, and more to help you gain more knowledge and information in areas that might be particularly important to you. Here on the website, I share just a few of my favorites for each major topic.
If you have a child who has an individualized education plan (IEP), this binder checklist from understood.org is a great tool to help keep all of the information you need organized to help your child navigate their educational journey as successfully as possible.