Our industry moves fast! There was a time when if you learned a system you e set for a long time. Now Microsoft is releasing operating systems every three years (client AND server), and the management tools are constantly evolving. A carpenter who takes a year off work may be out of practice, but will remember his way pretty quick. An IT Pro who is out of the loop for that long has a steep learning curve to step to… just to get back to where he was. Automation with PowerShell and System Center Orchestrator is increasing the ratio of servers to administrators, and that means that people who once thought they had a secure position may be fighting for their jobs, or even find themselves looking for a new one in a market where there are hundreds of others in the same boat, fighting for the same jobs.
In a world of ones and zeros, how can we stand out from the crowd? What can we do to make ourselves worth more to a IT potential employer than the rest of the pack? Experience is great, but once you are out of work it is hard to build while pounding the pavement. What can we do to increase our value and marketability?
GET CERTIFIED! Certifications demonstrate not only that you have the respect for your profession to learn to do things right, they also give you the chance to show that you are up to speed on the latest technologies… even when the company you were working for wasn’t. Are you an MCSE? Great! But hiring managers now understand the difference between an MCSE on Windows Server 2003 (2000? NT4??) and an MCSE: Private Cloud. If they are looking for someone to lead them into the future they are not looking for someone who only knows the past. That is why we as IT Pros are constantly updating our certs, even at a cost of $150 per shot. It is not usually for our current company, but rather for our next one.
Microsoft Learning is hosting an on-line certified career day on March 12, 2013. The day will begin with a live, interactive panel discussion with IT managers and industry experts who will discuss how the cloud is redefining IT recruitment and the growing need for up-to-date certifications.
The panel will be followed by an exclusive interview with special guest Mark Russinovich, Microsoft Technical Fellow. Next, attend the technology focused sessions with Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012 product group experts.
Attendees of Certified Career Day are eligible to win an Acer tablet with full Windows 8. Event capacity is limited so register now! Click here and you are on your way!