Certifications. One word too big to express the plethora of implications and applications attached to it in today’s dynamic business conditions. If we were to jump in a time machine and go back a few decades, the word Certification would be redundant in many streams of business. A word that was traditionally associated with doctors, engineers and other professionals is today the postage stamp for the post card of your career, irrespective of the stream of business you are engaged in.
Certifications are an inexpensive definitive proof of your expertise and skills being current and up to the industry standards. You're passing the industry's measurement of your knowledge based on their skill assessments test of the designation you are being certified for.
Think of certifications as an SAT subject test or perhaps an acknowledgement of your active participation in co-curricular activities. While applying for colleges you need more than just grade based merit. You need letter of recommendations, co-curricular participation, thriving essays, etc. Transmuting the same in the business sense would involve certifications. Your employers know you have experience, they know you know the basics and to some extent you might even be on the advanced level of the game. But to validate your understanding, skills, grit, and arduousness in the stream, you need the badge of certification in your resume. To enrich your resume and give it the extra embellishing it needs to stand out from your peers, you need to get certified today. Now if possible.
But don’t just take our word for it. Consider these case studies before hopping in the parade:
Microsoft Certification Program Satisfaction Study 2012
Research conducted by PayScale.com
If the facts and figures fail to sway your ardent resolve upon certifications then the following checklist might help you decide better. Ask yourself:
As we are taught in Management 101, continually evolve, get the first mover advantage, identify early warning and threat signals, and stay updated and alert. Well, it’s time to implement those lectures in real life. So get certified to get paid well.