Friday, 14 June 2013

Why you need to get certified


So you’re already working in a company, and you’re already in a good position… Why bother getting certified and spend all of that time out the office? Especially if you already have a college degree and have been working for a number of years for that one employer?

In a recent survey by ManageElite, it was found that the top 11 pain points when it comes to training (in order of painfulness) are:

 1.      Lack of time to conduct training

 2.      Scheduling employees for training

 3.      Training doesn't stick

 4.      Cost/budget

 5.      Trainees don't listen or pay attention

 6.      Getting manager buy-in

 7.      Upper management buy-in and support

 8.      Finding training that fits our situation

 9.      Keeping training material current

 10.     Quality of training materials

 11.     No time to research, prepare materials

But before you come to any conclusions about getting certified, here are a few points you should consider:

Market yourself by getting certified!
CISA certification ISACAYou may think you don’t need to be marketable because you’re not planning on taking a new job anytime soon. But that should make you want to prove even more that you’re at the top of your game. You must show your value to the business. Certifications help prove that that your skills are still relevant and they are a particularly unbiased indicator of your skills.

Certifications show your value!
Having the latest certifications shows that your skills are up to date and could get you in line for a promotion or for the next role. It also shows your employer that you’re a valuable member of the team and that you’re willing to learn new things. You’ll be able to make a stronger argument for the next version of a technology you want to introduce into your company.

Stay up-to-date!
Going back to an earlier point; you might have your BA, BS, MBA, etc… but just how long ago was that? Certifications are proof that you’re keeping your skills and knowledge current and up to date. You’re passing the industry’s measurement of knowledge based on their skill assessments. Nothing will make you stand out to management like taking on additional education and getting business relevant certifications, especially when they’re not required and you’re setting a new bar for the organisation.

Get hired!
In CompTIA’s Employer Perceptions of IT Training and Certification report in 2011, they found that 86% of hiring managers indicate IT certifications are a high priority during the candidate evaluation process. The report also found that eight in ten HR executives verify certifications among job candidates.  In the 2012 Microsoft Certification Program Satisfaction Study, it was found that 91% of hiring managers consider certification as part of their hiring criteria.

About the Author:
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry.