Goal settings should always be a part of our professional and personal development. Setting goals in the IT environment should be embraced, particularly in an industry that is ever evolving and advancing.
IT certifications are strategically designed to be goal driven. Certification and training specialist, Microsoft, has even begun to give out badges (mini certificates) with their courses. This helps to motivate learners, and makes their learning experience that much more rewarding.
Certification Magazine recently completed a survey in which they asked respondents how many of them plan on getting new certifications in 2017.
They found that 75% of respondents are looking to get at least one new certificate this year. They also discovered that 43% of respondents got one or two new certifications last year!
Let’s take a look at the stats below:
Planning to Get At Least One New Cert in 2017 (74.4 % of all respondents)
Got 0 certs in 2016: 40.7 %
Got 1 cert in 2016: 33.6 %
Got 2 certs in 2016: 15.6 %
Got 3 certs in 2016: 5.9 %
Got 4 certs in 2016: 1.8 %
Got 5 certs in 2016: 0.7 %
Got 6 or more certs in 2016: 1.6 %
Planning to Get No New Certs in 2017 (25.6 percent of all respondents)
Got 0 certs in 2016: 72.3 %
Got 1 cert in 2016: 19.4 %
Got 2 certs in 2016: 5.3 %
Got 3 certs in 2016: 1.5 %t
Got 4 certs in 2016: 0.6 %
Got 5 certs in 2016: 0.4 %
Got 6 or more certs in 2016: 0.5 %
So, among those planning to get no new certifications in 2017, that decision represents a continuation of the status quo for most. And most of those planning on no new certs for 2017 who did certify last year only got a single certification.
On the other side of the coin, among those who are planning to certify in 2017, a notable 40 percent had the year off from certification in 2016, while most of the rest (49 percent) got either one (33.6 percent) or two (15.6 percent) new credentials.