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  • Writer's picturePanshul Khurana

Are Certifications worth it ?

Updated: Jul 20, 2022

Friday, June 12, 2020

We've come a long way in technology and there is no turning back ever! With the constantly evolving world, it is really important to work on yourself by either getting equipped with a new skill every other day / week / month or work upon your present skills. Also, in the enterprise world it is kind of a "tradition" to showcase something that you've learned or at least hold some proof that shows your ability in doing certain things. What we are going to talk about today, is a question that would divide readers of this blog into 2 groups and that is completely fine. I don't think there is a definite answer to this question and more than an answer, I would like to call this an "Opinion". If you want to skip reading this and would just like to give your opinion and get done with it! Please scroll down to the poll added below, to cast your vote! So, are they really worth it !!? Let's start by discussing basics - What certification really means ? No, this is not about the "Definition"! But what does it really mean ? (Comment down below, the first thing that comes to your mind when you read this question!) It could be any of the following :

  • A way to learn something new ?

  • Proof of your achievement !

  • Medium of flaunting your success ?

  • Getting a new job ?

  • Testing yourself time and again to measure what you've learned!

The choice of the answer here could be based upon a situation. For example, you might want to get a new job or a company might give a higher raise, if you're certified! But if your answer is the last one, then i think! you really understand what a certification really means. What value does certification hold in the enterprise world? The answer varies across different organizations and I believe that the world is moving towards a skill based employment. But most of the organizations would still prefer a certified candidate. The reasons could be any of the following :

  • It takes some amount of effort / hard work to get through these certifications.

  • Some certifications test your knowledge based upon the application of your learning.

  • You've invested in your self growth and used your time to level up your skills.

  • The organization would want to maintain a standard of having at least 40% of its employees as "certified".

Go ahead and ask your HR about the intention behind preferring to hire a certified candidate. It is good to know!! Is it really worth it ? if not, how would you define it's worth or what could be the alternative ? Ask yourself! Or if you have already given a thought about it share it in the comment section below. But according to me, they are a medium to learn something new and test your skills time and again. Everything in this world is useful, if you think of it, in that way! Talking about the alternatives, there are numerous other ways if you don't want to invest your time in completing a certification

  • Build something all by yourself

  • Read official documentations

  • Work on a research paper

  • Create, break and rebuild yourself.

  • Read about a concept and think and analyse it from different stand points.

I recently completed three certifications that I shared in my previous blog : Thoughts about acquia certified frontend specialist and my only purpose of doing them was to gain the complete knowledge about all the domains of software development! I don't get a good feeling from the word "Full Stack Developer!" rather it is good to be called just a "Developer" I am now moving towards learning more about devOps, to get some hands on experience with deploying sites as well. I'm not aiming for a certification in DevOps, reason :

  • This is a bigger domain that has sub domains associated with it, my aim is just to get some hands-on experience and Deep dive is not what I'm aiming for, right now!

And I will be using all my learnings to develop and deploy a site all by myself. Also, certifications forced me to go through official documentations which, in my opinion, is a great way to learn more about a product! What is your opinion ? In the end, what matters to me, is your opinion about the same. This will help me know -

  • That you've really read my blog and paid attention to each and every point I've shared. :)

  • Would like to get some more insights, so that I can measure the amount of people who support the idea of taking/not taking a certification.

You can leave your opinion in the comment section below or choose an option from the poll added below. Thanks ! Keep Reading, Keep Growing.

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