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The Industry is Changing, The Industry is Changing!

Paul Rever might have announced that warning today, making everyone run to the nearest college or university with laptop in hand.

A constant mantra from tech giants over the last few decades is “the industry is changing—make sure your skills keep pace”. And they have always been right, and I could say the cliché as well, but the thing that is changing isn’t that things are changing; it’s that things are changing faster and faster.

This provides an excellent opportunity for those who like to keep up with the pace, leaving the slower adapters behind. However, another thing that happens with so much change is more technologies are introduced, expanding the breadth of what we need to keep pace with. This is a different kind of opportunity that allows us to specialize in one area or expertise, kind of like a doctor who becomes a specialist. No-one (well, not everyone) can possibly know everything there is to know about all aspects of the computer world, so we specialize instead. My specialty is MS Office—I love showing office workers how to maximize their time with its features. That means I need to constantly keep up-to-date with that product, its competitors, and what is coming up in the future. That is plenty enough for me, along with my communications teaching, hobbies, and raising two teens alone. Oh, and this blog as well. Perhaps I can change into a blogaholic. That would be good, right?

So, with change in mind, here is a guest blog from Microsoft’s Veronica Sopher, number 2 in a series about MCTs and certification. This one is change, certifications, and compressed software build cycles. Enjoy!

 

March 16, 2012

The Industry is Changing—Make Sure Your Skills Keep Pace

The tech industry has changed a lot of over the last 20 years, and we’ve continually updated Microsoft Certifications to keep pace with it. In previous post, we discussed how we’ve kept the certifications relevant to changing technologies. So how do Microsoft Certifications help you to keep your skills relevant in today’s rapidly changing tech landscape?

You’ve probably noticed that IT Technology cycles continue to compress. The advantages of Microsoft’s private cloud solution mean that it is easier and quicker than ever to develop and deploy new applications in a private cloud datacenter. And the software companies you depend on for your tools and environment—like Microsoft—have compressed their cycles, too. That means new more change, more often, as your work environment updates with new software and technologies.

Microsoft Certification continually updates too, to help you keep your skills up to date in this changing environment. We’re keeping Microsoft Certifications current with more streamlined, solutions-based certification paths covering the latest trends in the industry. For example, in addition to our upcoming Private Cloud certification, a Windows 8 Certification is coming soon.

And having a Microsoft Certification sends a clear message to employers that you have proven skills in the latest technologies. For instance, a 2011 CompTIA study found that IT professionals gain an average 9% salary increase immediately after receiving certification, and 29% over the long term, versus peers who are not certified (channelinsider.com, 2011-10-19). And in a in a 2010 survey of hiring managers, 91% said they consider employee certification as a criterion for hiring (Microsoft Learning, 2010).

We’re keeping Microsoft Certification current so you can keep your skills—and your career—current. You can get prepared now for Windows 8 Certification by upgrading your certification to MCITP: Enterprise desktop 7 .

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