I was recently a part of a networking event. The regular introductions were going on. It was concerning to note how an individual spoke only and only about all his certifications as a part of his introduction. It was sad how his certifications seemed to be his only identity.
I often come across people pursuing certifications only because it’s a fad, because everyone else is talking about a topic or because of fear of being left out in the rat race.
My two bits on this, to acquire knowledge a certification is not necessarily the only medium. In some areas, expertise can be acquired only through professional certifications, there it’s a clear non-negotiable. However the flipside of it, after being certified if one is unable to apply the acquired knowledge & skills in his/her org. set up then it will soon be rusted.
Before pursuing any course/certification
I have personally benefitted by asking myself the following questions. Taking the liberty to share them here:
1) Is this a pull or a push for me?
2) What is the relevance & application scope of this certification in my context?
3) Is it connecting to my long term ambition/ purpose?
4) Is the investment worth the efforts both in terms of time & finances.
After finding your own answers for the above questions, reach out to people who have done these certifications/ courses earlier & get their perspectives, not on your decision but on the course.
As individuals can we allow ourselves to be defined through our values, our passion & our behavior. Please let’s not allow our certifications to become our identity.
Picture credits: Fragmenta by artist Micaela Lattanzio.