When considering training and certification as part of a well-planned (or not) career path, we often consider a narrow scope. Training and certification is a means to an end — how we get to the next job, promotion, etc. The fact is that there are other benefits out there:
- Differentiating. This is more than just comparing actual
skill sets. Certification demonstrates your overall commitment to ongoing
education, which is imperative for all IT professionals.
- Networking. Training
and certification opens you up to new communities giving you networking
opportunities outside your general community. This is particularly important
when adding to your skill set or working towards a career change.
building. Planning, working for and achieving a set goal is a confidence
builder no matter what you are working on or for. However, IT certification
gives you added confidence in your career and draws you one critical step
closer to that next goal.
building. Branching out into new areas through training and certification are
excellent ways to build your skill set, giving you extra tools and skills to
Even if you haven’t had a chance to show off the new skill set, the actual
training and certification opens you up to new ways of thinking and problem
solving, as well as exposure to new ideas and concepts.
and leadership. Cumulative to the benefits above is the ability to effectively
mentor and lead others by sharing, extrapolating and relating your experience
to your team members. Additionally, the discipline used in training and
certification places you in a better position to evaluate the skills of others.
If you can honestly appraise your own skills and identify your areas of
weakness, you will generally gain a broader understanding of the skills,
talents, and weaknesses of others.
- Fostering change. Otherwise known as “getting your feet wet”. Training and certification is an acknowledged path to changing specialties. If you’re in networking and really want to move to cloud, the skill building and proof of competence that comes from formal training and certification is key.