Certifications Are New-Age Tech Professionals’ Best Bet

Aug 21, 2019

Certifications are the new-age rush. Individuals and aspirants alike are scurrying to dig into the best ones out there in the market. Heavy demand surge is pushing the applicant wait lines to their extremities and, in the flurry to get ahead in the tech race, organizations and individuals are ever-widening their chances of landing on inauthentic institutions’ shoddy program traps. This article can guide you away from such a wreck. But first, let’s understand the core drivers of this certifications explosion.

The Silhouette of the Global Certification Boom:

In 2008, only 9% of sponsors opted for their employees’ certification. This pie has grown to an impressive 48% now. 89% of IT professionals are certified and 64% are either in the process of getting certified or plan to apply for certification soon. 95% of IT-decision makers concede that certified team members are more profitable. 54% said that the benefit from certified professionals exceeds USD 10,000 annually. 27% of these boast their profits spiked up by USD 20,000 annually. These benefits trickle down fast. In the US and Canada, certified IT professionals earn 22% more than their peers. In a survey conducted by The National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) and the Citizen Advocacy Centre, 91% of respondents said they relied heavily on the healthcare provider’s certification from an authorized body. These providers visibly stand apart from their peers. Same applies for other independent consultants in crucial fields.

View from the Employer Vantage Point:

American Board of Nursing Specialties, in their value of certifications survey, say certifications:

Enhances professional credibility 95.4%
Enhances feeling of personal accomplishment 98.0%
Enhances personal confidence in clinical abilities 88.2%
Validates specialized knowledge 97.9%
Indicates attainment of a practice standard 94.4%
Provides evidence of accountability 87.4%

International Data Corporation, in its research study Benefits and Productivity Gains Realised Through IT Certification, says certified professionals can handle 40% more calls, organizations that promote certifications see 49% less downtime and can reclaim their certification fee with 9 months in terms of increased efficiency and profits.

Proofs of certifications’ success are extensive but our favorite is employee engagement. The new-age workforce aka Millennials and Gen-Zs seek more than pay packages and promotions. Certifications tap in their need to excel in their careers by beefing their career graph up with new knowledge and skills opportunities.

Here are other prominent benefits:

  • Greater employee exposure and pull-up to the stratum of global skill stratosphere.
  • Greater trust in the employees’ expertise.
  • Greater employee engagement and retention.
  • Demonstration of employers’ investment in employees’ development.
  • Improved customer trust.
  • A comparative ground of set standards for competing organizations to compare with.

Could these be the reasons for leading tech giants to weave certifications in their L&D processes? Possibly so. Because their list is unending with names like Microsoft, HP, Merrill Lynch, Salesforce, Infosys increasingly adding to it.

Glimpse from Employee Milepost:

This is official. Certified candidates perform better and employers know it. They now look for a combo of a 4-year degree and professional certifications. Benefits of certifications sprawl far and wide. But here are the most apparent ones:

  • Knowledge up-gradation: Established certifications like PMP, CBAP, CBE and SBDE demand rigorous study. They help their applicants dig gaps in their knowledge and practice.
  • Stronger employment footing: A study of more than 1300 IT professionals revealed that almost 75% of them went ahead with it to improve their position among peers and to gain the confidence to work on more difficult tasks.
  • Continuous development. Certifications are excellent proof of the applicant’s commitment to excel in her field.
  • Perfect display of competence: While disruptive technologies keep revamping the job ecosphere, proof of competence can make candidates stand apart from the crowd and will also give her confidence in her skill’s relevancy.

Before You Bet your Boots!

But is any certification, good enough certification? The answer is No. A non-affiliated, inauthentic certification can backfire as wasted time, money and opportunity. The credibility of the certification body is paramount. Answer these 10 questions before making your choice:

  • 1.   Is it affordable?
  • 2.  Is it credible?
  • 3.  Is it recognized and reputed?
  • 4.  Is it aligned to industry demand?
  • 5.  Is it fair?
  • 6.  What value it will add to your current profile?
  • 7.  Is it accredited?
  • 8.  Is it specialized?
  • 9.  Is it flexible?
  • 10. Is the training language compatible?

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