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IT Certification FAQ

Which IT Certification Is Best For Me?

You could just pick a certification based on a gut feeling, but if you want to be certain of the best match, it's going to take a bit of homework. First, you will have to identify just what it is you are trying to accomplish, which can be more difficult than it sounds. It's like deciding what to major in at college, but at least this time you will have the advantages of perspective and experience, which will allow you to visualize the options more clearly.

Second, once you have managed that, you will have to pin down the details of your current skills and experience and see where the bridge needs to be built, or maybe just the foundations strengthened, to get where youd like to be. These two steps come easily to some people, but take quite a bit of thought for others. Completing them will put you halfway there.

Next comes the research part. Because there are more than 200 certifications to choose from, and more are being added all the time, you will want to browse through the options until you identify the ones that might suit your purposes. don't stop when you uncover the first possible program because there may be several that make the first cut. Then you will want to find out as much as you can about the certifications on your tentative list before settling on one.

Again, this process will cost you some time and effort, but putting in the work up front will be time and effort well spent if it lands you in the right certification program.

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