Blaze your own trail with training and certifications

We've heard a lot about the cybersecurity skills gap in the past decade — and it's getting worse. While estimates of the total hiring shortfall vary a bit, everyone agrees that it's bad, with a deficit of as many as ...

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Employers need cloud computing expertise, but demand is outstripping supply

The last several months have certainly been a roller coaster of change for all professional environments. Even before the widespread disruption caused by COVID-19, however, the occurrence ...

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Technology-focused certifications can help close the cybersecurity skills gap

The cybersecurity skills gap shows no signs of going away. With the workforce being more distributed than ever before as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of workers around the world will ...

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Building the brand and market value of a new certification program

An industry colleague recently reached out for my thoughts on acceptable metrics for a new IT certification program, particularly for a program that was launched just over a year ago. As a bonus question ...

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Six important career skills that IT certification programs are overlooking

Information technology certifications can be broadly divided into two categories: certifications that are primarily knowledge- and task-oriented, and certifications that include content specific to ...

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The next five years of IT certification

What do you see yourself doing five years from now? It's a question commonly asked at job interviews (and on more than a few first dates). The point is to get candidates to peer into the future...

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Building up your ability to communicate effectively is vital to career success

Yeah, I guess I'm old. I've worked in the information technology (IT) industry since 1997, which means I've been at it for more than 20 years. It seems like only yesterday that I was a wet-behind-the-ears ...

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IT certifications and changes in the landscape

With my planned retirement date of June 30 from the California Community College system, it looks like I won't be the only one retiring. On that day, Microsoft will be retiring a whole series of somewhat ...

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Certification is helping educators build tomorrow's tech workforce

More than ever, technology certifications are changing the way that middle schools and high schools are approaching information technology (IT) education and student training. Students are being prepared ...

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The case for enforced restructuring of Big Tech's big offenders

The uneasy relationship between humans and technology is thousands of years old. In recent decades, however, tensions have hit a boiling point, with a number of Big Tech companies under threat of ...

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