Looking towards getting certified? It’s a good decision provided it connects with your self development plan. Constant improvement is so important for this fast changing industry. But Jidaw advises that you always think beyond certification. Certifications can be attractive, especially when the branding is excellent and it comes with the name/backing of a reputable, known name in the IT industry.
But always keep your two feet on the ground. Certification is the tool, not the end point. Certification is not the aim of certification. Certification is important but learn to see beyond certification. Jidaw cautions – keep perspective. It’s part of the journey, not the destination. Certification is not really your ultimate goal. Unfortunately some of us get so excited by the journey that we lose sight of the destination. Certification is a support, a tool, that helps but it is not the main issue in your career development.
Use certification if it will help in your journey, but understand that like any tool it has its limits. At Jidaw we stress that there are certain things certifications can do for you and there certain things only you can do for yourself. Knowing the difference will determine whether you will make progress.
For example, the power of choice is yours alone. You and only you have the power. The power to make right or wrong choices in certification decision making is yours alone. It is not just about the certification, and the certification is not an end in itself. Jidaw asks: What will you say about the “paper certified” networking professionals who can’t network themselves out of plastic bag? Or the certified Java programmer with poor relationship skills?
Furthermore, the choice of training school, exam preparation methods, or even whether to invest in the certification or not, which all impact on your future career development, is completely yours. Passing the exam is often overrated. You have the power to limit or unchain yourself. Certification with a career focus always helps. And at all times keep your feet on the ground.
At Jidaw, we stress that your career focus shouldn’t be limited to certification. Neither is it about “pie in the sky” mentality that ignores the realities of practical solutions to IT career issues and problems. Besides you are worth more than a piece of paper. Jidaw’s opinion: Use certification if it will help. Your ability to do your job well, creative thinking, responsible professional behaviour, dedication, focus, motivation, experience, problem solving and the keep-on-learning attitude are the bottom line issues that matter. Think beyond certification.
HAVE YOUR SAY: How does certification fit into your career plans? Is certification overrated, or is it used appropriately? What are your certification experiences? Please share your comments, thoughts and opinions.
Innovation and Development Advisor, ICT at Jidaw
ICT Development Advisory Support and Consulting