The Best Certification Learning Is Scenario-Based Certification Learning
Certification exams are famously more than a little bit similar to the exams that you used to take in junior high school, high school, and probably even in college. (If, you know, you went to college. Did you go to college? Your mom went to college.) Exam candidates often face multiple-choice questions and must pick A, B, C, or D (with the occasional E or F answer options thrown in). The times, they are a changin', however, and both certification exams and certification training are becoming increasingly more geared toward scenario-based learning and testing. This is what happens when the learner or test taker is asked to review the parameters of a real-life scenario and then either describe how to respond to it, or go through a series of simulated steps to address the problem. If you've ever wanted to get a clear picture of scenario-based questions, then Amazon Web Services is here for you. A new post to the AWS Training and Certification Blog addresses the topic by sharing examples of scenario-based training from AWS certification learning materials. Click on over and engage with the future of learning and testing.
IBM Wants You to Get Cloud Computing Certified
Cloud computing is seeping into all aspects of IT these days. If you're looking for an IT discipline with a bright future and plenty of employment opportunities, then cloud computing is an excellent avenue to go down. And even if you end up focusing on something else, familiarity with cloud tools and environments will probably be part of what's on your plate moving forward. A new post to the IBM Training and Skills Blog throws in another angle, noting that 70 percent of all working-age individuals are actively seeking new employment opportunities, and that employment researchers predict that many workers will have as many 12 different jobs over the course of their careers. The IBM guys say that means you need to keep your skills current, and they want to help you do just that by becoming certified in this or that aspect of cloud computing. IBM even makes things easier by partnering learners with other individuals who are also pursuing heightened knowledge of cloud computing via its Study Jam sessions. Don't just learn to cloud, in other words — learn to cloud with a buddy.
Cisco Says You Should Take a 360-Degree View of Learning
Whether you're new to IT or you've been following an IT career path for a while now, one thing that remains constant is the importance of lifelong learning. IT changes quickly and anyone who works in the field has to learn to roll with the punches. The "always be learning" mentality is encouraged and fostered by many different IT certification programs, but the one doing the talking this week is Cisco Learning Network, the certification and training arm of computer networking titan Cisco. A new post to the Learning News blog gives an overview of how using Cisco Learning Network tools and services to study up and get certified can help you stay in motion, like a shark endlessly swimming through a sea of IT learning opportunities. For example, Cisco Learning Network offers a wealth of podcasts so that you can brush up your computer networking acumen even while engaged in some other activity like washing the dishes, or going for a bike ride. Don't slow down, just keep swimming.
(ISC)² and You: Together Even After Your Certification Exam
Speaking of receiving continuing support and encouragement from your certification provider, cybersecurity professional association (ISC)² dropped a friendly reminder over at the official (ISC)² Blog this week that passing a certification exam is only the beginning of a beautiful friendship. It's fairly consistently true that most certification providers don't just want to get you to the church on time. They intend to be your partner over the long haul. The (ISC)² blog squad gives a quick overview of some of the benefits that are available to individuals who become (ISC)² members. For example, you have ongoing access to professional development courses, or free webinars presented by cybersecurity thought leaders and vendors. It's always helpful, professionally, to be part of something larger than yourself. Most certification providers are eager for their interactions with you to be ongoing and fruitful, and there's no reason to leave all of that cheerful assistance just sitting on the table.
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