Updated: Aug 4
One of the questions I get asked most often is: Should I get a professional certification? As with most questions of this nature, the answer is, “It depends!” If you are thinking about pursuing an industry credential, it’s important to be clear about your reasons for doing so. What is your main motivation for considering it? Do you want to:
1. Gain New Skills and Knowledge:
If you are trying to build your knowledge in a specific area or stay up-to-date on technology, you may want to focus on a workshop or course that addresses the specific need. For example, if you need to learn more about using an e-learning platform, there are probably online courses you can take to get sufficient training. Remember that you need to use that knowledge if you’re going to cement your learning, so be sure to have a plan to put your newfound knowledge to work on the job.
2. Develop yourself and your business in a particular field
Certification courses are holding a key role in various specialized fields of information technology. Several reasons are available that may help you commence for yourself to get certified. One of them is the development of yourself and your business in the specialized field of technology. These certifications are very helpful in developing your own technical abilities and are great means of offering greater customer support. Learning skills along with valid certification are great means of development in you. If you get certified this year, it means that you can get an effective way of development in learning and your businesses as well. You can simply grow your small business to a next level and also enhance your technical skills as well.
3. Present your certifications for justifying your costs
Yes, these certifications are actually required as an approval that you have skills to deal with your customers. Without validation, any employer is not going to employ you. They won’t even consider your skills but when you hold valid certifications you stand 99% chance to get selected. It has been seen that the people working technically hold valid certifications in specialized fields. This develops up confidence level among them and offers them deal with their costs. If you are well certified in an appropriate field you can show up your skills to your customers. One who has managed to earn up a valid certification is going to reach very high in the technical world. It is actually a matter of approval where you may get the opportunity to prove yourself on your costs.
4. Gain Credibility:
If you are early on in your career and want to establish yourself, getting a certification can provide a stamp of approval from an objective organization. Another situation where an industry credential can help you gain credibility is when you have a college degree in an unrelated field or if you don’t have a college degree. A certification is proof that you know what you’re doing. It provides external validation that you have the skills needed to succeed.
5. Increase Your Chances for a Promotion or Advancement:
In this case, it helps to review job postings for the type of positions to which you aspire. Find some examples of your perfect future job. Do they require or prefer a master’s degree or specific certifications? If you’re hoping to take on a new role in your current organization, what types of credentials do people in those positions have? Check out their LinkedIn profiles, or buy them coffee and ask them what they think is needed to advance in your organization. If you are ready for the next step, getting a certification can provide visibility and help you stand out among your peers.
6. Personal Satisfaction and Professional Development:
In the talent development world, we often hear the lament, “I’m so busy helping everyone else develop themselves that I don’t have time to develop myself!” One of the most common reasons individuals pursue a certification is to validate their knowledge and increase their confidence at work. If you are feeling a bit stale, setting a goal to achieve an industry certification can be just what you need to get your juices flowing. In addition, achieving a certification can give you greater confidence that you are a subject matter expert. Many ATD credential holders say that they valued the process of certification and the ability to connect with other professionals in the field.