Certification - August 2009 - (Page 14)
CErTIfICATIon 14 … I’m ed t? ifi ha rt W Ce w no features I’m Certified… now What? The Internet: Helpful ombudsman or Creepy Big Brother? Trend Spotting: Life as a Self-Employed Consultant You bought the books, you studied hard, you passed the exam and you earned the credential. now how do you make sure you’re maximizing your investment? Marketing yourself after certification is nearly as crucial as attaining the credential itself, so here’s how to do it right. LYnn LAWTon A marathon runner often trains for years to build the skills and endurance necessary to make it to the finish line. Once he’s achieved his goal, caught his breath, had some water and treated sore muscles, it’s time for him to focus on his next steps. How will he make the most of his accomplishment? Should he start right back up training for another event or use the skills learned to pursue new activities? Preparing for and attaining an advanced professional certification is the mental equivalent of training for a marathon. They may not be logging miles on a jogging path, but IT professionals pursuing certifications certainly put in hours of mental training when learning the information, understanding the guidelines for optimal test-taking performance and applying their expertise at work each day. However, similar to the marathon runner, once an IT professional achieves his goal, he is faced with the question: “Now what?” departments ACADEMIC ConnECTIon InTErfACE InSIDE CErTIfICATIon columns TECH CArEErS DEAr TECHIE TroUBLESHooTInG Look AHEAD EnDTAG resources EDITor’S LETTEr DATA STrEAM VIrTUAL VILLAGE WHAT WE LIkE AD InDEX
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