The US Department of Defense requires IT applicants to possess a CompTIA Network Certification. More and more large organizations are recognizing the high value of IT industry certifications. How you align your Learning Plan can be your first strategic step toward the job you dream of.
This will come as no surprise. The more you know, the more you’re worth. In the IT industry that great truth has been growing year-by-year for decades.
There was a time when you could categorize yourself as a “desktop guy”, or a “server guy.” A “storage guy” or a “networking guy” or any of many others.
The economics of the business changed as more firms took on more clients and more responsibilities. The trick to managing costs involved sending out the right “guy” at the right time to each call with the right skills and the right tools.
Some members of some tech teams were “certification hounds” who grabbed every opportunity to take a training course and get a new certification in something they didn’t already have. Soon dispatchers found it much easier to manage the call flow as they gained more flexibility in who they had available with the right skills to be assigned to a wider variety of calls.
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Finding and keeping a job can be a difficult thing. Not only can positions often be scarce in certain fields, but even established employees can find their skill sets suddenly obsolete if they are not paying attention - something that can ultimately lead to permanent dismissal. All of this can be especially true in the IT world, where uncertainty has been bred by the rapid pace at which technology is evolving.
An employee skills gap at many companies is opening the door for people with the proper IT training. Many employers feel that they need more highly trained workers, says talent engagement senior manager Lisa McCarthy in her article for VisionIT.
One of the most important components of a long and successful IT career is professional development and continuous IT training. IT managers that encourage this behavior in their departments will find that it ultimately benefits them, their companies and the entire IT staff.
In a Microsoft-sponsored skills gap study, IDC examined the correlation between the growth of cloud computing and the need for certified, trained, "cloud-ready" professionals to provide support for a rapidly changing technology environment.
Microsoft certifications represent a rich and varied spectrum of job roles and responsibilities. Earning a specific credential provides objective validation of the ability to successfully perform critical IT functions. Microsoft Certification distinguishes individuals with technical expertise and proves their ability to design and build innovative solutions across multiple technologies, both on-premise and in the cloud.
Microsoft's Born to Learn website has released roadmap graphics detailing the pathways to Microsoft Certification.
An important upgrade exam for many Microsoft Certified IT professionals has been published. You've been busy putting your Windows Server knowledge and skills to work. Now it's time to invest in advancing your credentials and prepare for the next step in your career. Today is the day. Make the commitment to update your Windows Server certification to 2012 by booking your seat for the newly published exam 70-417.
- MCITP: Virtualization Adminitrator
- MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator
- MCITP: Lync Server Administrator
- MCITP: SharePoint Administrator
- MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator
Read up on the list of skills measured on the official exam details page.
To learn more, check out our Windows Server 2012 certification path!
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