Credentials: Should I or Shouldn’t I?

Think about how much things have changed in your work lifetime. Maybe you are old enough to remember when companies first got email! Before that, we opened snail mail.

I also remember getting Lotus Notes where we could store and share documents with one another! Wow! I also had a beeper and then a Blackberry before using my own cell phone for work!

Consider how quickly things change and then think about your own development and how you can remain competitive in a talent filled world!

Technology is said to have the shelf life of a banana! LOL But seriously, a LinkedIn survey said, “The average shelf life of skills is less than five years.” (pg. 16)

One way to differentiate yourself among all of the talent in your field is to earn a credential or a designation. If you need to find out which one/s are available in your field, look here:

According to Wikipedia: “Organizations in the United States involved in setting standards for certification include the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). Many certification organizations are members of the Association of Test Publishers (ATP).”

Research from The Association of Talent Development also shows that pursuing a voluntary certification shows others you are committed to staying up to date in your profession. When you are talking with those outside of our field, you can speak knowledgeably about solutions. Your confidence will help you shine.

This is one way to set yourself apart and demonstrate your expertise!

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