On this blog, we are more focus on CCNA or Cisco Certified Network Associate but not limited to other I.T things as well. I will share valuable articles and information that can help you in your I.T career journey especially for fellow Pinoy beginners.
Why should we aim for CCNA or other I.T certification? Is that really needed to be hired or to earn higher salary?
If you’re an I.T person I’m assuming that you are already aware of the certifications what I’m talking about. Not just CCNA. Nowadays, you can’t just go in the battle field of I.T workplace without being loaded of experience and skills + this title called certified xxxxxxxx.
Now some may react, because they may know people who are not certified but had their success and on the top of their I.T career. That is correct. I knew some people too. But probably that’s before and it would be an advantage NOW if you have the skills and experience and you’re carrying any of these certification. Especially at this point in time where I.T people are also getting over populated. We can’t deny that we need to equip ourselves with these battle gears before going into the war.
If you tried to apply to big institution or company right now, you can see that certifications are included on the requirements they have. You need to have this and that etc. If you check jobstreet and other jobs portal online, certification on certain field are also included on the list of requirements.
Believe me, it would really give you an advantage if you got these titles. You will be prioritize on top of other applicants.
I remember before when I am still not CCNA, it’s hard to get hired for the job I want or If there was an offer, salary was too low to grab the post. But after taking and passing CCNA exam and applying jobs again, percentage of interviews sky rocketed. Job offers coming left and right. Salary offer became higher. There was a time when I have multiple scheduled interviews on the same day.
And to cut the long story short, I found a new job where I can use these skills and gain new experience plus my salary doubled from my previous job. Thanks to God! Read my CCNA and I.T career journey here.
If you just starting out to your I.T career especially for fresh graduates, my advise is to focus on the skills and experience you’ll get on the job or role not on the salary. Accept the those job that will give you practical and hands on knowledge about the I.T field you want. Salary might be a bonus points but you must seek knowledge and experience first.
You need to horn your skills and gain enough exposure and experience before you can land to a good high paying position. If you’re lucky enough, your company might provide FREE training and certifications on the field related to your job role. That could save you a lot of money.
If not, you need to invest in yourselves. Invest time, effort and money to learn more. Take certifications along the way. That will boost your career and qualifications. That could cost money and time investments and a lot of sacrifice upfront but the rewards after are awesome. It will pay more in terms of blessings and money. Not only for salary but you will also earn respect and appreciation from yourself and from other I.T people.
That’s all for now. God bless our career!