One question I get a lot is around the topic of professional certifications. People want to know if they’re worth it. After all, professional certifications cost hundreds—if not thousands—of dollars. And most require a significant investment of time and energy on top of it. So, do professional certifications actually have a measurable career payoff?
The simple answer is this: I am a firm believer in the importance of lifelong learning. In most cases, I feel that certifications are indeed a very good thing. But it’s important to understand what you’re getting into and to avoid setting yourself up for disappointments with unrealistic expectations. The payoffs are not always immediate and they’re often difficult to attribute directly to any one particular certification.
So why bother? Here are my thoughts. [Read more…] about Are Professional Certifications Worth It?