The Information Technology (IT) industry always has strong demand for skilled individuals. There are however significant knowledge and skill gaps. At Jidaw we recognize that to close the divides, IT certification has emerged as a popular and powerful career tool.
It certainly attracts a lot of interest. However, and this is a BIG However, the certification brand comes with its baggage of noise, myths and fads. Sometimes hunger and passion makes it easy to get carried away. But maintain perspective. Stay on solid ground. It isn’t unusual that newcomers, young professionals and experienced professionals all need to know what certification offers. In fact Jidaw notes that the desire to exploit certification can be massive. Really what do you expect? It shouldn’t be too strange, especially when motivating factors include better income opportunities, career development and improved job prospects.
But pause and think. Do we really understand the driving forces behind certification? It is about your future. You must go beyond hype. Get deep. Despite all the attention and popularity, sizable numbers of students, newcomers and IT professionals are unaware of the opportunities in IT certification; and even when a certification seems attractive, individuals lack the right direction and focus. And so the queries keep streaming in. through training services Jidaw offers and our online career resources, many continually ask questions. Jidaw asks: Does certification open doors? How does the certification work? No matter how popular, is the certification appropriate for your field of interest? What matters more to you – “get there fast” or career purpose?
Jidaw recommends career counseling and mentoring initiatives (formal or informal) that promote interaction and share knowledge in this important area to intending certification candidates. Efforts that make sense are those that help prospective candidates to answer pressing certification cum career questions while providing information and guidance.
Certification is about relevance in your industry and career field. But assumptions won’t do. Certification can be big and make impact when it comes with direction. Drive beyond gimmicks and window dressing. Jidaw cautions: Ignore the noise and ask the right questions.
It should be clear that sitting for a certification can never be enough. Where is the meaning in your certification efforts? Make career guidance a priority. And from time to time, in subsequent posts, Jidaw will look at answers to some of the most frequently asked questions on IT certification. Hopefully, responses from this blog and tips from career counseling and mentoring avenues will provide candidates with sound understanding of what certification can do and what we must do for ourselves. Certification is a journey, not instant coffee.
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Innovation and Development Advisor, ICT at Jidaw
ICT Development Advisory Support and Consulting