Certification Posts

How to Decide: Earn More Work Experience or Get a Certification ?

As technological businesses begin to focus more on IT strategies and the currently available resources to support them, the demand for the most qualified workers continues to increase.

When administrative security and IT infrastructure are a part of a business, that business will require employees with knowledge and expertise in their field to succeed. In many cases, this infrastructure will actually require around-the-clock management to keep all systems safe, organized, and functional. Even the highest-quality hardware and software are only capable of so much without an active, qualified team who can adeptly keep the business on track.

This may lead some business leaders to inquire into what work experience, IT certifications or other qualifications are most important to their strategy and business structure. This frequently asked question is also pondered by IT students or recent graduates who are looking to enter the workforce as a member of the IT industry. Are IT certifications the most important? What about hands-on working experience?


IT Certification vs. Work Experience Statistics


Foote Partners, a Florida-based independent IT benchmark research and advisory firm, recently created an IT skills and Certifications Pay Index Report. This research discovered that in recent years, the pay scale for employees without IT certifications has begun to drop. In some of the years where the rate seemed to be falling for non-certified IT staff, there seemed to be a noticeable trend of employers who showed that they were willing to pay far more for hands-on working experience than for their IT certified counterparts.


Launching Skillset: A New Way to Develop Your Career

We launched Skillset.com in late 2014 with a fairly simple goal: Make it easier, faster, and more gainful to prepare for professional certifications that advance your career. Since then, we’ve added over 100,000 questions to our proprietary testing engine, and we’ve built out countless individualized skills that allow you to test yourself against them one by one—all for free.

Here at the beginning, we plan to keep adding questions, skills and resources by the truckload, of course. Providing free, up-to-date, intuitive test preparation for certifications is our guiding purpose. But we have to admit—we’re up to more than that.

We want to change the way people think about career advancement, and the way people achieve it. To do that, we need to change the way people think about education in general.

In large part, that’s what this blog is for. Not only to discuss Skillset and what you can use it for, but also to discuss the future of education. We see education as moving from a hurdle one crosses to an endeavor you never stop pursuing. We want it to move from a qualification for a job to being a part of the job. And we want the skills you acquire to stop being static claims on your resume and start being a proven, concrete framework that defines the best and most recent version of you.

Those are big claims, we know. But we aren’t just going to make claims. We’re going to prove them. That’s what we help our users do, and that’s what we believe in.