These are some questions that probably invade us every day for those who work mainly in IT.
- Does it seem useful to take a IT certification?
- Do you think I can change my career with a certification?
- What is the purpose of taking a certification?
- Should I think about taking one and which one?
Every day I talk about it or see people who are completely detached from this topic. Very often, companies do not invest in their employees, there are not enough resources or unclear company policies. For a person, the cost and sacrifice are enormous to deal with something that requires a lot of effort even outside work to reach the goal. At least a company provides time during working hours …
Let’s go back to the questions, taking a certification remains very useful for those who always want to keep up to date and show something more. From my point of view it remains very useful, I noticed a clear improvement in my knowledge by putting all my strength on something that afterwards has to be examined by an external center that rather take courses and finish them in the middle (incomplete) along the way. For me it is really useful to have a goal, schedule an exam within a few months of notice. Placing all my effort on something that goes beyond a simple course.
I don’t think that the IT certification alone can change your career. Experience remains the first place for recruiters and all those who are looking for technical roles. But it could be a doorway, for those who have no experience of being found by recruiters for junior positions, a cool door at least get to the interview and show your skills.
Taking a certification remains a value that shows everyone else that your skills have been certified externally.In some cases you could even push your company to invest in this, today for many it remains the accessible way because after they reimburse you after taking the certificate.
There are too many certifications on the market ranging from security expert, network, forensic analysis. Incident management, Cisco to management positions.
My advice remains to distinguish also on which market we are going to, Europe is different from the USA. We do research at local job sites and see at least what the requests are for the positions involved. Many vendors have strength in Countries while in others less.
For me best 7 Certifications 2019 for entry level people:
- Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
- Apple Certified Associate (ACA) …
- CompTIA A+ Technician. …
- Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) …
- Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) …
- Linux Essentials Professional Development Certification (PDC)
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