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2018 Is Coming: What Are Your Certification Plans?

2018 thinking about money4) Think About Funding Your Career Upkeep and Enhancement Activities


The old saying goes “You get what you pay for.” What costs must you bear for 2018 to keep your certs up? These could include costs for training or continuing education, testing, or study/prep materials. You’ll want to put at least a couple of budgets together to guide both your saving and spending behavior for 2018.


One of those budgets should be bare-bones — that is, the cheapest option for each of the costs you must shoulder in 2018. The other should be one that includes all that stuff, plus the things you’ve identified as either important or otherwise worthy of pursuit in 2018.


Inevitably, you’ll end up splitting the difference, but it’s nice to know what you have to have in 2018, money-wise, and what you could spend on career and certification upkeep and enhancement if the money’s available to you.


While you’re at it, ask your boss or your HR department about what kinds of support they could provide in 2018, by way of training and certification funding. The easiest money to spend on such things is always money contributed by other people, so use it if you can.


5) Look for Community, Synergy, and Fun


Don’t forget that you’re not alone in your quest for career and certification development and maintenance. Make 2018 the year that you join a new user group or opt into an active online community with energy and commitment. You can gain insight and benefit from combining multiple viewpoints and perspectives in such group activities.


Take advantage of what other people know and have done, and share your own learning and experiences with others, too. It’s a great way to network professionally, as well as to develop long-term personal and professional relationships to help you keep learning and growing for years to come.


The main thing about all these activities is to think and plan ahead so that you can develop some goals for 2018, and then start knocking them off systematically as the New Year progresses.


If you start thinking things over now and getting ready for what’s to come, then you’ll be that much closer to achieving your career and certification goals. Remember to have some fun along the way, too.



ed-tittel120Ed Tittel is a 30-plus-year computer industry veteran who's worked as a software developer, technical marketer, consultant, author, and researcher. Author of many books and articles, Ed blogs on certification topics for Tom’s IT Pro, and on Windows desktop OS topics for TechTarget. Check out his website at