Get Free Cloud Computing Training from AWS
GoCertify's own Ed Tittel recently wrote about the effort by Amazon Web Services (AWS) to provide digital skills training to 29 million people by 2025. There's a booming demand for skilled IT professionals across the IT industry, and big companies like Amazon have been stepping up in various ways to tackle the problem. As part of its effort to bolster the supply of skilled cloud computing professionals, AWS has opened a 10,000 square-foot cloud training center in Arlington, Va., near Washington, D.C. Starting this week, the center is offering free training to aspiring cloud computing professionals, including individuals with little to no background in IT. The Arlington center is the second such facility to commence operations. The first AWS Skills Center was built in Seattle.
Get a Job and Shrink the Cybersecurity Gap — Even with No Experience
The level of one's education, the level of one's understanding of IT information, and existing personal connections with IT professionals are all factors that can influence whether or not you get picked to fill an open IT position. Most employment experts and even casual observers will tell you, however, that prior work experience is the most important consideration when it comes to determining whether you get hired. So it's eye-opening to see a post to that official blog of cybersecurity professional association (ISC)² assert that lack of work experience should not deter you from seeking employment in cybersecurity. One factor in favor of prospective workers with little to no past experience is exploding demand, as noted in a separate post that emphasizes the severity of the problematically widening cybersecurity hiring gap. One thing almost certain to soothe the mind of a hesitant employer is a certification in your pocket — and (ISC)² offers some of the most respected cybersecurity certs on the market.
Get Certified and Get Paid?
Certification can do more than just influence hiring decisions, of course. It can also have a positive impact on your earning power. The latter effect is highlighted in a recent post to the ISACA Now Blog of cybersecurity and IT governance professional association ISACA. The post is pseudonymously credited to the ISACA Now blog squad, which works its way through a fat argument about why you shouldn't get certified just to get paid, before agreeing that, yes, you can improve your salary prospects by getting certified. Characterizing and quantifying the effect of IT certification on the compensation of certified IT professionals inspires lively and ongoing debate in IT certification circles, so it's always worth taking the time to read the latest argument that addresses the topic.
Microsoft Learn Has a New Tool to Improve Your Hiring Odds
Even if getting an IT certification doesn't necessarily guarantee that you will get a job, organizations that certify the skills of prospective IT professionals are often invested in helping you secure professional IT employment. One such organization is Microsoft Learn, the IT training and professional IT certification arm of software titan Microsoft. A new post to the Microsoft Learn blog shines a spotlight on Microsoft Learn Career Connected, a new service created to help individuals with Microsoft-centric training and certifications connect with potential employers and get hired. Post author Sandeep Bhanot notes that Microsoft Learn Career Connected is getting off the ground by focusing on hooking up individuals who have Microsoft Dynamics 365 training and certifications with employers eager to hire such individuals. It's anticipated that service will expand to embrace other technologies and families of credentials over time.
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