More and more education providers are turning towards online learning management systems to increase their student outreach. WordPress website owners use plugins such as LearnDash which serve effectively in meeting their eLearning requirements. Such plugins allow users to buy courses from your website and enroll to these courses as students. Students can then take these courses while being located in any part of the world.
An interesting and valuable functionality that can be incorporated into such a LMS would be to allow the website owner to integrate a job portal into the system. Are you wondering how this will fit in? Well, the students enrolled for various courses can be allowed to apply for certain jobs once they have finished a course. So, for example if student A takes a course in the PHP technology he can apply for jobs that have that course as a prerequisite.
How does Job Portal Work with your LMS?
Your LMS will essentially function to allow the website admin to upload courses to the system. Students can buy a particular course to be enrolled for it and get access to the course material. With the integration of a job portal to this system the website can now have users who will be categorized as employers. Employers will be provided with an option to add job requirements to the site. These employers can define courses for a job listing, the completion of which will be a mandate in order to apply for the job. The students can now apply for jobs on the website after completing the courses that are a mandate for that particular job opening.
Admin, students and employers will be the three key users in this system and the way these three users will interact with the system will vary from user to user. Below is a detailed description of the users’ interaction with the system.
Job Portal Integration with LMS: Admin View
1. Add course
- A website admin will add courses to a Learning Management System.
2. Import Course
- These courses will then be imported as products into an eCommerce shop such as WooCommerce. Now, the admin will have to add the course details such as description, price etc on the product page.
- Students can enroll for these courses by purchasing the courses from the shop page of the website. The course content will be made available to a student only after enrollment to a particular course.
3. Add a Job Listing Plugin
- The admin will also have to incorporate a job listings plugin such as WP Job Manager or WPJobBoard into the website to manage the employers who will be adding a job requirement on the website. The admin will have to appropriately configure the job listing plugin to define the job types, the membership types etc.
Job Portal Integration with LMS: Employer View
1. Add a Job
- Employers will be provided with an option to add a job listing to your website by subscribing to it. The employer will be charged a certain subscription fee to subscribe to the website.
2. Add Prerequisites for Jobs
- Employers can specify the prerequisite courses that the student should have completed to apply for a particular position. So, for example if employers wants to publish a requirement for a PHP developer on your site they can specify various courses such as PHP developer basic or PHP developer advanced as a prerequisite to apply for this job. The courses specified as a prerequisite should be available in the list of courses available on your website.
3. View Students
- The employer should also be able to view the list of students who have completed a particular course. For example, if an employer is interested in obtaining the information of all students who have completed the PHP development basic course he should be provided with an option to search the same. Once an employer has obtained this list of students there should be a provision for the employer to contact the students for a particular job requirement.
Job Portal Integration with LMS: Student View
1. View Courses
- A registered student should be able to view all the courses available on your Learning Management System
2. Enroll for Courses
- A student should be able to enroll for a course by purchasing the course from your shop page by either signing in or signing up. Once a student has purchased a course the course content should be made available to the student to begin the course.
3. View & Apply for Jobs
- Students should be able to view all the jobs that have been listed on the website.
- Students should also be able to view the prerequisites to apply for any job that has been listed.
- Students will be able to apply for a job only if the courses which are a prerequisite for that job requirement have been completed by the student.
- So, let us assume there is a PHP developer job requirement posted on the website. This requirement has a prerequisite that every applicant should have completed the PHP development basic course. Now, every registered student should be allowed to see this job requirement and the prerequisites for the job. However, a student should be able to apply for the job only after completing the the courses which are a prerequisite for this website.
Thus, you can allow students enrolled to courses on your website to apply for jobs after completing the courses required to qualify for the jobs. Such a system would prove beneficial as it would serve as a platform for employers to search for and find the right talent. Additionally, it will be a convenient forum to map qualified students to the most appropriate jobs. As for the website owner all this translates into increased traffic. Thus, it is a win-win situation for all users concerned.