Q. Should I Be Making Time For Qualifications?

Q. Should I Be Making Time For Qualifications?

You might be considering certification and qualification programs for your field, but are worried how they will fit in with your current busy workload and if they are worth your time? Earning extra qualifications shows your employers you have drive and a passion to improve yourself and could put you ahead of other candidates in jobs and promotions. However earning a new qualification takes time, you have to be able manage it into your schedule. So is it worth it? Or should you spend more time on the job at hand or gaining more experience? KennedyPearce answers: Q. Should I Be Making Time For Qualifications?

  1. Potential Pay Rise and Promotion

If you’ve earned yourself an extra qualification you are in a much better position to ask your employers for a pay rise as you are more qualified for the job at hand. In some instances a new qualification could mean a new promotion as you are taking on a different role, along with a pay rise. For example a certification specific to a profession — such as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for accounting professionals, or the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) for IT specialists — increases your marketability, employability and financial ROI.

Other qualifications that are more general and can be applied for a much broader range of professions are also a good idea if you want to get your foot in the door or take on a more senior, managerial role. For example qualifications in project management translate across many fields and industries.

2. Building up your Transferable Skills

General qualifications are not only good for giving you the ‘edge’, they are also good if you are starting out in a career and not sure where your career is going to take you. General qualifications can help make up your Transferable Skills, skills which can be applied to a range of job positions so with the more general qualifications you can take them with you to whatever job you go to, making them very useful.

3. Quick Results

If you are keen to become more qualified then a qualification rather than a degree could be a better option. Many working professionals often choose to earn career qualifications instead of going back to school to earn a degree. As mentioned before qualifications are less of a commitment, much less than a degree, so if you are still unsure where your career is taking you then a qualification is better suited to you. Not to mention a degree is also a big financial investment and a drain on your time. Therefore a qualification is an excellent way for those in the workforce to develop professionally for less time and money. In fact, many qualification programs take less than a year to complete.

 

Remember when choosing a qualification that it is most effective when are paired with on-the-job experience that shows you can apply the concepts in a real-life scenario. So make sure you pick a qualification which you can put to good use!

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