IBM to IT Professionals: Don't Be a Hard Case
A frequent criticism that probably rings in the ears of today's younger generations is that you should never be soft. For decades, being "soft" has been equated with weakness, namby-pamby-ness, and overall failure. If you're soft then you're a pushover, a stooge, a never-first-place go-along-er and follower. Over the past handful of years, however, being "soft" has suddenly become a priority, especially at work (of all places). So-called "soft skills" are the new must-have workplace accessory, and the good folks at IBM want to help soften you up. A brand new post to the IBM Training and Skills Blog cites research by Harvard, Stanford, and the Carnegie Foundation to support its assertion that upping your soft skills game will help you take your IT career to the next level. To that end, IBM is offering a new course, "People and Soft Skills for Professional and Personal Success," via online education platform Coursera. If you feel like your tech skills are on point, but that something might still be missing, then this new course could unlock a key evolutionary phase of your career.
Get Started in Cybersecurity with Career 'Hacks' from (ISC)²
Colloquial use of the word "hack" to describe any kind of shortcut — from the mundane to the miraculous — that helps you get closer to achieving almost anything at all in life has definitely gone from sounding cool to sounding trite to sounding like all of the blood boiling in your veins simultaneously. It's probably more acceptable and apropos for a cybersecurity professional association to use "hack" that way, however, than for almost anyone else. So we're gritting our teeth this week and directing some traffic to a new post to the official blog of cybersecurity professional association (ISC)². We'll allow it from you guys, at least this one time. The hacks being highlighted are intended to help aspiring cybersecurity professionals get a foot in the door. For example, career hack No. 2 in the list of three such quick fixes is to get a certification: "Cybersecurity experts agree, there’s no better way for entry-level professionals to demonstrate their commitment to a career than certification." Straight from the horse's mouth, people: Get certified!
Get Started in IT (and Cybersecurity) Part 2: Certification FTW!
Also trumpeting the career impact and overall benefits of certification this week is the official blog squad behind the ISACA Now Blog of cybersecurity and IT governance professional association ISACA. Typically, posts to the ISACA Now Blog are authored by guest contributors (and are sometimes excerpted from longer articles published elsewhere), but posts under the faceless byline "ISACA Now" do pop through on occasion. There's a good one this week that underlines the importance of synergistically combining a college degree and an IT certification to turbocharge your IT career. GoCertify's own Ed Tittel frequently soapboxes about value on both sides of the degree vs. IT certification debate, and it's nice to see another voice point out that you can benefit from both, and that pursuing either avenue does not exclude also pursuing the other.
Blue Prism Certification Can Help You Get Aboard the RPA Train
RPA, or robotic process automation, is a hot buzzword (buzzphrase?) in the IT realm. One of the leading companies in the RPA-sphere is U.K.-based software firm Blue Prism — which was apparently recently acquired by U.S. firm SS&C Technologies. Whoever is holding the bag at the highest level, Blue Prism has a certification program to help you break into RPA and move up the ladder. We know all of this because the Blue Prism Certified Developer credential was recently featured in the Deep Focus series over at CertMag.com, the official website of Certification Magazine. If RPA is of interest to your career, but Blue Prism has not previously appeared on your radar, then click on over and check this article out.
That's all for this edition of Certification Watch. Please keep your certification news and tips coming to the GoCertify News Editor.