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Certification Watch (Vol. 20, No. 18)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, Training Industry examines the difference between doing your job and caring about doing your job, ISACA contemplates a magic number, and more.

Why Do IT Employees Just Not Care About their Jobs?


0503 CW Bored at workMost workers in all professions, IT and otherwise, probably grew up hoping to do something they love for a living. And in all professions, IT and otherwise, there are probably plenty of workers who aren't particularly thrilled to have ended up where they are. They do their jobs, but they don't love their jobs. This problematic lack of devotion to workplace duties is the subject of a recent post to the IT Training blog at Training Industry. Blogger Natalie Hackbarth tackles the increasingly problematic diminishment of "technology employee engagement." Hackbarth's post examines three areas in particular that are seens as contributing to an overall lack of interest and engagement among IT workers, and discusses what can be done to reverse the trend in each area. There's probably particularly vital food for thought for IT managers here, but even regular working professionals dissatisfied with their jobs may uncover some worthwhile suggestions and solutions. Or you could just go back to wondering why you were never more serious about practicing the guitar in high school.


Turkish Delight: IT Pro from Turkey Honored by Red Hat


Red Hat has named its Certified Professional of the Year for 2017, and the pick has an international flavor. Orhan Bıyıklıoğlu, who works in the Turkish capital of Istanbul for telecom giant Turkcell, was selected to receive the award, which was presented this week at Red Hat Summit 2017 in Boston. A system administrator, Bıyıklıoğlu holds both the Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) and Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) credentials. He first put his Red Hat expertise to use for Turkcell more than a decade ago when, as a new employee, he led the company's migration to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). Bıyıklıoğlu said about his extensive Red Hat certification experience that, "Red Hat certifications have a strong reputation and respect in the industry because they are performance based. The examinees must actually demonstrate their working knowledge and skills by accomplishing hands-on tasks during the exam, as they do in the workplace." Awarded annually, the Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year designation celebrates a Red Hat Certified Professional who embodies the qualities of ingenuity, expertise and hard work.


Vision Loss No Roadblock to Success for IT Instructor


At age 19, Shana Kassel was diagnosed with a degenerative vision condition that eventually claimed most of her sight. It takes commitment and energy to bounce back from a personal setback of that magniture, but Kassel persevered, helped in large by IT training that paved the path to CompTIA A+ certification. It's an inspiring story, and told in much greater detail in a recent post to the CompTIA IT Career News blog. Kassel, who now works at World Services for the Blind as both a systems administrator and IT instructor, credits A+ certification with helping her discover new purpose and chart a new life course. As she relayed to post author Emily Matzele, Kassel relies on her A+ training to this day. "The knowledge I learned through CompTIA A+ has absolutely applied to real life," she said. "I manage the support ticket system here, and every day, something comes in that I have to troubleshoot. My mind goes back to that A+ book, and I apply that knowledge every day."