Checking In with Microsoft's Exam Readiness Resources
Taking and passing a certification exam is the capstone of the IT certification process. It's important to get things right, in other words, when exam preparation is on the table. Nobody wants to stumble and fall right before crossing the finish line. Earlier this year in May, Microsoft Learn, the certification and training arm of software titan Microsoft, announced that it would be rolling out some exam readiness resources to help certification candidates successfully leap the final certification hurdle. The Microsoft Learn team has now released a host of exam prep videos to help certification candidates zero in on key exam topics. The videos are the first step to populating Microsoft Learn's new Exam Readiness Zone, which will soon feature additional exam readiness resources. Planned to be included in the near future are enhanced study guides for each Microsoft Exam and a free exam sandbox that is more or less exactly what it sounds like: a replica exam environment that lets certification candidates play around and familiarize themselves with Microsoft Learn's actual online certification exam tool. This is all great news for anyone who has a Microsoft certification exam in their future. Be sure to keep track of new features as they are released.
From Mechanical Engineer to Cloud Computing Consultant: A Certification Journey
It's always cool to get direct insight into the paths taken and processes employed by various individual IT professionals to achieve certification. Certification benefits careers in numerous ways and no two individuals go down exactly the same road en route to taking and passing a certification exam. Over at the AWS Traning and Certification Blog, there's a new post that details the experience of Igor Soroka, a mechanical engineer in Finland who used Amazon Web Services (AWS) certifications to launch an entirely different career. Staring in 2020, Soroka walked away from a career working on aircraft engines to become a cloud computing consultant. The secret sauce that fueled his lane change was plowing through the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate credential in 2019. He eventually followed that up by adding five additional AWS certifications to his CV. Anyone with a professional interest in certification will likely enjoy taking a moment to digest his journey.
IBM Wants to Take You On a Cloud Certification Adventure
Speaking of certification journeys, some of those journeys can get pretty adventurous. As a matter of fact, a recent post to the IBM Training and Skills Blog of computing megalith IBM makes that exact connection. Blogger Natalie Brooks Powell encourages anyone preparing to get certified to also prepare for all contingencies. As Powell puts it, "I appreciate getting outdoors and exploring new trails that lead to a spectacular vista or waterfall. ... Before stepping onto any trail, however, I have a plan and map. (And plenty of water.)" The point is that you shouldn't just go out and get certified willy-nilly. It's good advice for your next IBM certification journey, and really for any certification journey. For some more specific details regarding how and what to plan, click on over to the post and give it a read.
Who Cheat on Certification Exams, and Why Do They Do It?
If it's true that cheaters never prosper — yes, yes, we know there's ample evidence to suggest that the opposite is frequently the case — then why do people cheat? More specifically, why do certified IT professionals cheat when attempting to pass a certification exam? The team over at Certification Magazine has been investigating cheating on certification exams for the past few years via CertMag's annual Salary Survey. The latest report of findings about certification cheaters bubbled to the surface at the beginning of June, and it's always worth taking a moment to see what pops through. For example, among participants in the 2022 Salary Survey, there was much more admission of cheating than ever before: Nearly 20 percent of respondents said they have cheated at least once to pass a certification exam. For many, the rationale that justified their cheating may have a familiar ring to it: A notable 9 percent of all survey respondents said that a) they have cheated to pass an exam, and b) it was because they needed to recertify and didn't have time to study.