Achieving certification is important in the continuing educational development of the individual and is a sign of initiative – it differentiates you from the competition and is recognized by clients and employers. However, we at Jidaw believe that though certifications like other educational programs may confer advantage they do not guarantee anything.
GETTING OPPORTUNITIES ALSO DEPENDS ON YOUR CONTRIBUTION, ATTITUDE, EXPERIENCE AND MARKETING SKILLS. Candidates need to bear this in mind at all times. At Jidaw we insist that certifications are NOT guarantees or “quick-fix”, shortcut career solutions. For insights into certifications and the right career focus attend Jidaw’s IT Career coaching programs. It’s important to understand what certification can do and what do you need to do for yourself.
IT IS YOUR JOB TO DEVELOP YOUR MARKETING SKILLS AND KNOW HOW TO PROSPECT AND POSITION YOURSELF FOR OPPORTUNITY.
ANYBODY PROMISING YOU A JOB FOR ATTENDING CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS SIMPLY WANTS YOUR MONEY. PAY FOR JOBS IF WANT TO GIVE AWAY YOUR MONEY.
Serious about Career Development? Jidaw asks: What are those things you must do for yourself?
- Value Provider – Certification champion, you want opportunity but how wisely do you package yourself, if you come across as a person with a piece of paper and a hunger for cash? Let people see value in you NOT cost! Search opportunities should be used to demonstrate that you are a knowledgeable and productive professional. You cannot get far in IT with tech skills alone. Jidaw asks: Do you know how to deal with customers? How good are your people skills? Certification is not a guarantee because most times in the work environment ethics, attitude, motivation, experience come before education.
- Soft for Results – Develop your soft skills including business, marketing, leadership, presentation and teamwork skills. The key is to market not just your certifications or what you want but your ability to contribute. Obtaining tech skills without developing soft skills is akin to moving “one step forward, two steps backwards”. Jidaw asks: Do you package yourself wisely? Or is it preferable to exhibit more skills than sense? What do you think?
- Personal Networking – Furthermore, certifications work better for you when you develop and involve your personal network. Personal networking provides more opportunities for career growth than all other alternatives (adverts, agencies, etc). Jidaw asks: Do you know that people are your greatest marketing assets? Build don’t burn bridges. Build and maintain your personal network of friends, family, ex-colleagues, colleagues and acquaintances. “Who knows you is often more important than who you know.”
- Ethics – Certification doesn’t teach you ethics. But you can’t get far in IT without Ethics and Professionalism. Don’t get carried away with just having tech and soft skills. Jidaw asks: Can you be trusted? Trust breeds opportunities. Are you flexible, friendly, dependable, reliable, calm, full of positive energy, patient? With or without certification, ethics requires inner strength and courage, as well as a powerful belief in positive principles irrespective of what is happening around you.
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Innovation and Development Advisor, ICT at Jidaw
ICT Development Advisory Support and Consulting