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IT Certification's Top 10 Benefits

IT certification and training can help you advance in your career, strengthen your IT skills, and provide your employer with a more qualified and dedicated staff.
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Why should you earn an IT certification (or certifications)? What is the value of an IT certification to you and to your employer? An IT certification is a quick and readily recognized benchmark mapped to a specific skill set based on standardized testing. A certification demonstrates your dedication, motivation and technical knowledge on a specific platform. Once you earn an IT certification, you join a select group of individuals -- a peer group with demonstrated skills. Having a certification shows that you not only possess comprehensive knowledge of that technology but you also care enough about your own career to spend the time and money to get certified. Remember: You are your own best career manager!

 

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MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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9/16/2014 | 11:13:50 PM
Interop session
There's a session with a really intriguing title scheduled for the upcoming Interop New York: "Learn SDN vs. Traditional Certifications: What's Better for Your Career?" A panel of experts will debate whether the CCIE is still relevant if SDN is the future. Panelists include Ethan Banks & Colin McNamara.

 

 
AbeG
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AbeG,
User Rank: Ninja
9/16/2014 | 9:38:04 PM
Re: new technologies
Personally, I think that vendors should offer some if not all of their vendor-certifications for free. 

I've spent a lot of time and money becoming Microsoft certified and as a result I provide free advertising for Microsoft on a regular basis.  There might be 20 different applications that can accomplish a given task.  However, when people ask me for help on how to do something, I often show them the Microsoft way.
AbeG
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AbeG,
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9/16/2014 | 9:30:10 PM
Re: competitive edge
As far as number #4 goes, do you mean networking via online forums?  I have a few tech certifications and have not come across any networking opportunities or feel that I have access to any exclusive clubs. 

Technet is open for anyone to use.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Author
8/30/2014 | 10:08:19 PM
Re: competitive edge
@Marcia: Certification on the ol' resume in and of itself is just one arrow in the job-hunt quiver -- and not even the most important one.

But then, #4 is super important -- networking, networking, networking!  Getting certified presents networking opportunities, and so much of the world is not what you know, but who you know.

In this sense, certification can help provide you with multiple arrows for your quiver!
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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8/30/2014 | 10:05:30 PM
Re: new technologies
@Marcia: To play devil's advocate, it would seem that the vendor-specific certifications might be best.

Why?  Even if the employer/client doesn't use the particular vendor's tools for which you are certified, you're still demonstrating experience and proficiency in the overall concepts.

And, of course, if they douse that particular vendor -- you're GOLDEN.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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8/30/2014 | 10:02:51 PM
RE: The bottom line is you must invest in yourself
Honestly, this is one I hadn't considered much, but it's a very important point.  It's not so much that you have the right certification; rather, that you have a recent certification or two to show that you're still learning, you're still investing in your training and education for a relatively low cost.

@Fish14: Congratulations on your current and upcoming certifications!  Very impressive!  :)
Fish14
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Fish14,
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8/25/2014 | 4:18:57 PM
RE: The bottom line is you must invest in yourself
"Earning a certification demonstrates that you are determined to enhance your skill set and knowledge -- which benefits you and your employer. The bottom line is you must invest in yourself."

 

I honestly couldn't agree with this more!  I think this is so true regardless of what age you are or where you are in your career.  It speaks volumes at whatever age range you are in or for whatever "advanced" certifications you already have.  For example, I have what some would call advanced certifications, and yet a couple years ago I went for the Wireshark Certification and this year I'll be going for increasing my wireless knowledge -- CWTS and CWNA. 
MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
User Rank: Strategist
8/21/2014 | 5:19:02 PM
Re: new technologies
I agree Jerome, a vendor neutral SDN certification would be good. With SDN still emerging, it's impossible to know what platforms will succeed, making a vendor-centric certification perhaps kind of risky for someone new to networking. For an experienced networking pro, vendor-centric SDN certification makes more sense.
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aditshar1,
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8/21/2014 | 1:51:40 PM
Re: competitive edge
I guess one of the very tough challenge coming these days is Job Retention, companies have taken manpower layout process as practise, and yes keeping yourself up to market standards can help a lot.
Jerome Amon
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Jerome Amon,
User Rank: Ninja
8/20/2014 | 6:15:25 PM
Re: new technologies
@ Marcia, these new areas will impact, now we can take certification on this wonderful IT domain i mean SDN, some vendors already propose certif on their platform -- for example : https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/docs/DOC-22087

and i beleive every vendor will propose certif on its platform -- so what i expect to see is one neutral vendor certif into SDN. It will be better for now, because this new approach is not yet too much clear (that's my point of view)
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