Learn about the benefits and value of certification in a career.
- [Narrator] There are many reasons for becoming a certified individual, for attaining certification. One of the primary reasons that I see a common case for individuals getting certified is simply the ability to demonstrate to their potential employers what they know. It's very simple to walk into an interview and tell the employer that you're very knowledgeable in a specific area or that you're very valuable for a specific reason. But certification provides that initial, tangible proof that you have been validated and certified by a third-party organization that says, "Hey, this individual is really qualified "because we've certified them on this product "and this technology." And this is at the core of the value of certification.
Certification gives a workforce, gives an employee, gives an employer, the ability to understand individual skills, and it gives the workforce an edge by taking careers to the next level. Certification works both as a motivator and as a focus goal for individuals to work towards. As an individual, if I want to attain a higher level in my career, I will use that certification as the flagpole that I am running towards in order to attain that higher level of learning and that higher level of career.
Now there are different benefits when you talk about certification. Some of those are for the individual, and some of those are for your career or your employer. Now, as an individual, I have to understand that certification itself gives me the ability to have greater confidence in my job. If I've been validated and certified by this third-party company that has been able to say that I am truly proficient in a given technology, then I can gain additional confidence. I can feel much more confident about my role and confident about the way that I manage products and manage infrastructures or develop applications.
In order to attain that certification, I've had to study. Therefore, the process of certification itself has given me more knowledge. I can create goals for a deeper learning path. As I identify these goals, I create goals for myself in terms of my learning goals to attain my career goals. So the two are tied together. Once individuals get certified, they also inspire others on their team. Coworkers that are able to identify how my career has improved are able to see those improvements as motivators for themselves, and therefore we can act as total motivators within a workforce, within a group of employees through our own individual certification goals.
Now for our careers as well, we can gain from certification. We're able to demonstrate a certain amount of drive and commitment and initiative that allows us to demonstrate that to our employer that our skills are not only technological skills but our skills are also an investment in ourselves. We're able to tangibly demonstrate our mastery of a product. Again, if I'm able to demonstrate that ability to function with the technology as I've been validated by the vendor, by the third party, my employer becomes more confident with me and my ability to manage his infrastructure and his IT investment.
It really does set an individual apart from its peers when it comes to review time as well. When you're being reviewed in comparison with other individuals, you may be working in the same role and have similar responsibilities. However, once you've demonstrated that investment in yourself, in your certification goals, you've demonstrated your commitment to both your employer and to yourself, in terms of gaining additional skills. There is also the benefits of industry recognition. Whether you want to provide more help to other individuals on the internet and assist them with their own problem or help with others in your own community, whether that be the work community or your outside community, you have built that recognition as an industry expert through the certifications that you've attained.
Now there are also benefits that we see for employers, for organizations, in terms of having certified staff on hand. As a certified individual, I will produce more. I will be able to have a higher salary. I'll be able to have more productivity. I'll be able to have a higher level of responsibility within my company. As well, if I've been certified, it has been demonstrated that individuals that are certified are able to deal with more complex environment, complex solution, be able to identify a source of a problem faster, and be able to resolve IT infrastructure problems or software development problems in a more efficient way.
As a certified individual, not only are you able to build your own personal skills, build your career skills as well, and your reputation and your career, but at the end of the day, those investments in yourself and in your career will yield a better version of you, a version of you that is certified, but as being certified is also more productive in your work environment, and therefore, a more efficient employee and a more valuable part of your working environment.
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