INFORMATION TECHNOLOY is a highly dynamic and ever-changing field. Because the IT-industry evolves Dynamically, new types or sets of certifications continue to crop up.
Because of the sheer number of certifications, certification paths,specializations and providers out there.It is easy for someone new to IT to be confused about where to start. Even people who are certified might be unsure of the next steps.
Let JETSMART walk you through the basics of certification, including how to carve out your own certification path and a few tips on how to ace certification exams.
There are myriads of reasons why you should seek out certification in a number of IT-related programs, software or skills, but three reasons are key:
- Personal Development
IT certifications are testaments to your skills and proficiency in a certain area. For example, becoming a VMware Certified Professional tells hiring managers, companies and clients that you have the experience and skills needed to effectively create, design, manage and maintain a cloud environment.
This is the biggest reason why IT professionals pursue IT certifications. It helps validate your skills and expertise in your current job.
There are certain certifications that are appropriate for wherever you are at in your career. For example, it may help new graduates land entry-level positions if they pursue basic certifications such as CompTIA A+, Microsoft Certified Professional, Certified Internet Webmaster Associate, Sun Certified Java Programmer and Cisco’s CCNA.
These certifications validate the skills they learned in school and can help make up for not having the right work experience for the job.
In fact, no matter where you are in your IT career, certifications will almost always give you an edge over non-certified IT professionals.
Certifications do more than just validate your skills and experience. It also shows potential employers that you are committed to the IT field by spending the money and time to obtain your certifications.
IT certifications also make career advancement more likely. The plain truth is that, in general, IT certifications can help you get a pay raise or a promotion.
Lastly certifications are a must in certain sectors within IT. Consultants and people who are self-employed would be wise to obtain certifications so more clients will trust them. Additionally, most government IT positions require certain certifications for you to be eligible for hiring.
Personal and Professional Development:
IT is a very dynamic field and new technologies are introduced every single day. Certifications are important to ensure that you are on top of these developments and that your skills are updated.
Certification training can help you cover new areas while also reinforcing the skills you already have. Think of it as a refresher course that can help you identify and overcome your problem areas.
Certification can also help you to network with other IT professionals. Your next job, project or endorsement could very well come from someone you met at a study group or technical conference related to a certain certification exam. Certification can help you meet IT professionals who have similar interests and specialties as you.
Heading down a certification path will also give you access to resources that would not be available otherwise. This includes access to online forums, training materials and other learning resources that are provided by certification providers such as Microsoft and Cisco.
There’s also something to be said about the personal satisfaction that comes with acing an exam that validates your expertise. Go ahead, put your certificate on your wall or add those letters after your name!