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"Certification is not the aim, its the product of learning sometimes"

I saw this comment today on Linked In and wanted to share it with you all.

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What are your reasons for sitting a professional certification? Some of my motivations in the past have been:

  • to tick a box because my employer wanted it or I thought it would look good on my resume
  • to have external validation of the practical knowledge I have and actively use
  • to help validate my learning
  • a gamification "gotta catch em all" feeling

What motivations have you had or do you have right now?

 

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I am thinking about getting a cert or two for a few reasons.

First, for a bit of self-validation.

Second, as a way to "prove" I know what I am talking about when others question my knowledge.

Third, to make it potentially easier to get a new job if the need comes up. In my case most likely scenario is needing to move because my spouse gets a different job.

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All the best for your studies. The announcements form the Atlassian University team this month are timely for you. There are now more free resources for revision and study and we cannot forget the reduced costs!

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Validate and show my knowledge. 

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FUN_MAN_ANDY Community Leader Jan 14, 2020

My knowledge across the board is pretty limited due to low usage... (small division, low volume of projects) so I really want to "help STIMULATE my learning"
The certs are a great way to help ensure I learn more, even if it might not always be relevant!

And then badges will help keep it current. YES!

Certifications for my career would obviously fit into the first one so that I have a checkbox marked off for my resume but the real realistic motivator would be that I need to learn the aspects outside of my current company to be proficient in the program(Salesforce) I use. 

During my time in tech there are IT products and software that fit into two general categories:

  1. Products/software that is consistent across the board. There is very little that the company can custom build using it. Get your certification and apply it anywhere they use it. 
  2. Products/software that is meant to be built upon, and all of that custom content takes time to learn way beyond what certifications teach. Certifications teach the basics but custom content can take ages to learn depending on how complex a company is.

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