CompTIA: Age Is No Barrier to Entry into IT
There's plenty of evidence, from anecdotes to organized research, to suggest that many in IT circles look sideways at people deemed too "old" to be productive in the field. That doesn't meant that there's no place for anyone over 40 in IT employment circles — far from it — but it does mean that it's somewhat rare for career switchers to consider themselves fit to pursue an IT career. So it's always heartening to see an account like the one posted to the official blog of tech industry association CompTIA this week that highlights the experience of one Scott Krager, a former personal trainer who had a career awakening following the global onset of the COVID-19 crisis and began a somewhat complicated transition. Today, Krager is thriving in his new career as an information security analyst, a road he has traveled with no small degree of assistance from CompTIA's venerable cybersecurity certification programs. The blog post doesn't mention Krager's actual age (he's a married a father of three and earned college degrees in two non-IT fields), which by itself is a reminder that youth is highly prized in tech circles. Still, it's encouraging to get firsthand information that verifies that the door to an IT career is never completely closed.
Second Cert, Same as the First
Speaking of second chances, it's not uncommon for IT certification providers to offer free or low-cost exam retakes to certification candidates who can't quite manage to stick the landing on their first attempt. IBM is the latest certification provider, through its IBM Training division, to reach out to exam candidates whose most recent attempt to become certified did not go according to plan. The "Second Chance" promotion pops up in a new post to the IBM Training and Skills Blog that focuses on the IBM Center for Cloud Training (ICCT). If you didn't pass your ICCT exam, then the solution is simple: Treat yourself to a free retake — maybe after getting in some additional review and study time — using the promo code ICCTSecondChance. Boom! Done. That was easy. Additional information about Second Chance is available online.
(ISC)² Accepting Applications for Free Certification Training
It's a good week for news about "free" stuff from IT certification programs. GoCertify's own Ed Tittel recently reported that cybersecurity professional association (ISC)² is among the certification program providers who have partnered with Uncle Sam to attempt to boost participation in the cybersecurity workforce. Now (ISC)² is toeing the line, opening the doors to its newly christened One Million Certified in Cybersecurity program. The goal of the program is right there in its name, and participation is open to individuals who want to take the first step toward a career in cybersecurity by earning the brand new (ISC)² Certified in Cybersecurity credential. The foundational cert was created specifically to recruit participation in professional cybersecurity from newcomers and teaches/validates foundational cybersecurity skills. The One Million Certified in Cybersecurity program is offering free online self-paced training and a subsequent certification exam to anyone who is interested in embarking down a new career path with the (ISC)² Certified in Cybersecurity credential.
Need a Project+ Refresher?
Jumping back to tech industry association CompTIA for a moment, the CompTIA certification team is preparing to launch the latest new version of its IT-focused project management credential, Project+. Over at CertMag.com, the official website of Certification Magazine, certification guru Emmett Dulaney is reviewing Project+ in advance of the launch of the new credential. The latest installment was preceded by a Part 1 in May, and there's more to come, including a precertification "test your knowledge" free quiz. If Project+ certification is in your future, then check out this offering.
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