How Do Certifications Help?

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I walked into a senior lawyer’s office in a multinational and was greeted by certificates and trophies gracing the walls. He was the in-house counsel for an important organization and constantly adding certifications and degrees. It wasn’t an addiction but constant learning. He felt the need for these, as he did not have a law degree from a top notch university. And he had to struggle during his initial years. To reach a certain level, he kept working and studying, adding many more to reach his objective and find a career which took him to new heights.

While getting my dental treatment, I asked my dentist how she kept in touch with the latest equipments and changes in healthcare technology. She informed me that she would attend regular seminars. And the hospital where she worked sent them on regular upgradation courses, in fact it was important to keep abreast and they would do regular courses annually.

In this long career, initially for the first 10 years, I would always find things to add on to my skills. I started with reporting, learnt editing, and then went onto to do a graphic illustration and design course to enhance my publishing skills. Then I worked on creative writing and moved to different subjects to understand where I could find my niche as a writer and journalist. And the quest has not ended.

But The Big Question Is How Much Do Certifications Help?

Experts say that certifications help measure a person’s knowledge in a specific practice area. In narrow areas and certain subjects, certifications become important. This becomes important in the case of banks and government jobs. Here there are regular exams for promotions and upgradations of work area.

In the private sector, it is important to choose your educational and certification programme carefully. If you know someone who has gone through it, then study the course material and test objectives before you take the plunge.

For those, who look to enhance and rise, choose the right institute to get the certification. As you keep enhancing, you will also need to demonstrate accomplishments, right attitude, discipline, competence and a wide range of interpersonal, non-technical skills, mere degrees will not help.

Associated with the National Board of MSME and FICCI Skill Development Forum, T. Muralidharan, Chairman, TMI Group – Talent Managers for Indians, Worldwide​ sums it up well, “Certifications and workshops add value if you are seriously engaged in learning. Most of the people are acquiring certifications without learning and that is a waste of time. If the person genuinely wants to learn, then certification is a way of getting the employer to discuss about that. You draw attention to the fact that you know the skill. But if you are asked to demonstrate your knowledge and if you do not know anything, it will backfire. So one should focus on learning as well. It is not about certification or workshop, it is how you are focused on learning rather than certification alone.”

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