As a training provider, a question we often asked at Jidaw is: What is the cost of getting certified? Cost is always an issue. But is getting certified just about paying the training and exam fees? Give me break! What really is the cost of certification?
Prospective trainees call to enquire about CCNA, A+ or other certification programs and the “how much” question continually takes centre stage. Cost means money? Not quite. Very often we believe training and certification is just about the money we can throw at the assignment. Yes, Jidaw will admit that you will need money for training, books, training CDs and the certification exams; money is a real need. It is reality. But the cost goes beyond money.
What is the real cost of getting certified? By limiting cost to money we undervalue the real costs involved. The price of achieving success with certification is more than money. If you want to embark on certification, start with the realization that certification you will need to invest more than the training fee and cost of preparation materials.
Jidaw asks: What is the use of money without commitment?
IF YOU CAN’T MAKE THE EFFORT PUT YOUR MONEY IN YOUR POCKET. Many of those who drop out of certification courses do so not because of money, but because the commitment is simply not there. Certification can be an uphill struggle in the absence of dedication. Commitment means making the effort to attend training sessions, to participate during training in addition to practicing and studying on your own.
During our IT career presentations and seminars we ask participants – can you make the time? Why did you pay for training only to make “I don’t have time” your ring tone? Lack of commitment reflects in the search for scapegoats. STOP PLAYING THE BLAME GAME! Is it the fault of the instructor that you skip practicing outside the classroom? The instructor and training only assist as guides, gatekeepers, you are the owner of the house. Who should property security and stability more seriously – the gatekeeper or the owner of the house?
Commitment may require discomfort
Have you considered your family, work and other commitments? Sure it may be uncomfortable. But please uncomfortable is not the same as impossible. Can you make the sacrifice? If we truly want to grow we must be ready to get outside our comfortable and familiar places. The cost of certification is Effort, Time, Money and Commitment. Creative thinking is also important especially since resources such as money and time are limited. Interest is good but PLEASE AND THIS IS A BIG PLEASE, nobody can learn for you.
Let your mind be in the right place. You cannot limit certification cost and success to the training fees you pay to any training school. Be self-motivated – put real enthusiasm into effort and you will start making an impact. According to Thomas Edison, success is “99% perspiration and 1% inspiration”.
Pay the Price, Move Forward
Your choices can cost you dearly. At Jidaw we insist that you are simply throwing money or other resources away if you aren’t investing based on substance. Are you choosing inferior solutions because they are cheap? Is your choice of training certification provider based on marketing promotion, popularity or your training need? WHO YOU TRAIN WITH IS OFTEN AS IMPORTANT AS WHAT YOU TRAIN ON.
Again, it’s about your mindset. Do you want results, or are simply going with the flow? Your priority should not be on trappings or distractions, but on training and or certification that enables you to achieve your career objectives.
How ready are you to pay the price?
I wish you the best as you develop your IT Career!