Will certification get me a good job?
The job question is one of the main issues in learning and certification. Certification candidates are curious. Some ask, some don’t. But many invest in education with the job centred mindset. There seems to be an assumption that certifications will automatically translate to jobs. This question really is about the benefits of certification regarding job opportunities. What is the connection between certification and jobs? Will certification bring in jobs?
The simple, sometimes uncomfortable, but truthful answer is that there are no guarantees. There is tremendous value in certification but don’t be deceived. You don’t need to fall for deception.
Certification is important and valuable to employers and clients. However, it doesn’t mean that having a valued certification guarantees jobs. But it does mean that NOT having such a certification will result in NOT getting some jobs. Far too many people are choosing certification for the wrong reasons. Certification is a valued tool that confers advantage especially for work based knowledge and skills development. While it will open some doors, certification does not guarantee anything. Get your expectations right. Unrealistic expectations lead to frustration and dissatisfaction.
Let’s be realistic.
Appreciate what certification has to offer. Jobs are important. And the right education should improve your job prospects. But is value in certification limited to jobs and work? Certification as a job creator has its limits. Certifications matter, but in the job market, certification is only one element used in evaluating a candidate.
How does the certification contribute to value for the job opening? Achieving the certification is one thing, the other question is: what value are you bringing to the table? You simply must create value. Jobs and opportunities respond to value.
Just like other educational qualifications, IT certification is only one part of the package you need in the job search. Have you considered your ability to contribute in addition to professionalism and ethics? Certification means nothing in the absence of professional ethics. Can you be trusted? Certification often does not assess your behaviour and character. But in the real world of jobs and career growth, your integrity and sense of professionalism are major factors used in assessing you.
More than the ability to pass exams
Jobs are important in your career. But IT jobs and careers require more than the ability to pass certification exams. Cramming to pass exams – “paper” certification – is a waste of time and money. You must be able to deliver proficiently in a technical sense. The certification is more than a paper – it validates your ability to solve real world, technical problems and provide solutions.
High quality, work oriented technical expertise is the real value of certification. You passed the Windows Server 2008 exam but can you install and troubleshoot Windows Server 2008 for clients or is it just about the paper?
Will certification get you a job? What are you bringing to the table? Industry has immense need for problem solvers not people who are “experts” in passing exams.
Your contribution is more important than your qualification.