Recently I’ve heard many people talking about certification and whether it’s worth the effort or not. What not everyone realizes is that certification can be a lot of work. It’s not just about passing an exam or just about studying… and I’ve said this before, to really go down this path – it’s a lifestyle.
Certainly it might not be this way if you’ll just pursue the entry level certs, but if you’re looking to achieve mastery, then many aspects of your life may need to change. Setting time aside to study and how you integrate study time into your personal life are two key areas.
I find that many people go into an endeavor with good intentions of achieving their goals, whether it be going to the gym, going on diet, quit smoking, etc., but often the desired results is not the outcome. Many factors come into play, some of which can be avoided.
From a value perspective is Cisco Career Certification right for you? I would say yes, especially when applied towards your area of passion or when relevant to your position (or one applying to). I’ve mentioned this many times over the past 5 years. Lifestyle-wise if it is right for you depends on how much you’re willing to commit. I’ve paid for the certification of many of my employees over the years. Some took to the time to take it serious, while others gave excuses why they couldn’t find the time… family, conflicts, emergencies or other commitments. While it may not be easy, it’s important to make arrangements to get the time you’ll need to prepare.
Be sure you’re able to commit to time needed. How much time have you set aside? How did you balance your other commitments to achieve your certification goals? How has certification changed your lifestyle? Share your experiences as I’m always eager to hear.