Hot certifications aren’t always the best certifications for you
Is popular the best? While it’s important to have some knowledge about the interesting and popular certifications, don’t choose a certification because it is hot. The question is not “What is the best certification?” but should be “What is the best certification for me?” What works for you may not work for me.
It’s easy to get lost in the noise. Ignore the bells and whistles. The key to IT career success is not in following the crowd mindlessly but in taking charge of your career based on industry and self knowledge plus your interests. Do you have a Career Plan?
Where are you going? Not where is everybody going? You must have a roadmap. Certification is not a cure-all and is not the only tool for advancing an IT Career. Certification does not always mean growth. It works best with purpose. You need to know how IT careers are built and how to use effective career growth methods. The Free IT Career Seminar was developed by Jidaw to meet this need. Then in choosing certifications where is your passion? What is the point of hot that lacks enthusiasm? You must also have a passion for IT and identify your area of interest. Do an inventory of your current skills and knowledge. What do you need to do to achieve your career goals? Is certification the answer? Is certification what you need or formal education? How do certifications fit into your career plan?
The career journey is full of activities – the expected and the unexpected. Planning is about being proactive in focusing and organizing yourself for purpose and achievement. When you plan, you don’t have to take whatever comes along or play the victim. Are you sure you understand how the certification will add value not just for you but also for your clients, employers and your peers?
Rather than shooting in the dark have a career plan. Instead of jumping into certification, shine light into your situation. Get informed from career counselors, past candidates, IT managers, IT professionals and from industry, to have a more realistic view of the value of the certification programs as well as its likely future prospects, and how it fits into your career strategy.
Planning should be flexible, therefore from time to time review certification and career trends, the industry and job market, technology trends and your needs – immediate and future. Make realistic decisions and take action – planning should never be an excuse for inaction.
So what if it’s a hot certification? Invest only if present opportunities that interest you require the specific certification or it will help in meeting your future goals. Your career focus depends on balancing immediate short term needs with your long-term career goals.
Thinking Hot? Keep your feet on the ground – Think Purpose, Think Future!