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Confirm Your Knowledge
with Certification
Switch
Jochen Kirstätter
CEO, Founder @MSCraftsman, Founder @GDGMauritius,
Micro...
Why get a
professional
certification?
Personal
Growth
Received positive
impact on professional
image/reputation
S o u r c e : P e a r s o n V U E 2 0 1 7 V a l ...
Job Opportunities by 2021
IT positions will be
cloud related
S o u r c e : 2 0 1 7 I D C - M i c ro s o f t w h i t e p a ...
23% said they received a salary increase of
up to 20% upon earning a certification.
Salary increase of up to
S o u r c e :...
Global Standards
Content of an exam is standardized world wide.
The exam process is neutral and provides equal conditions....
Benefits of Certification
A mindset of continuous learning
keeps you ahead of others.
PERSONAL GROWTH
Professional exam is...
Roadmap
What should you know about
professional exams?
Testing
Environment
Part of specialized course
CLASSROOM
Uncommon scenario.
E.g. Pearson VUE authorized
TEST CENTER
Guided...
Task based
approach
Perform certain task(s) in a pre-
defined environment.
Achieve a set goal with your
knowledge and tool...
Investment into your Career
a.k.a. Cost for an Exam 😊
Vendor and Certification specific
Prices for an exam vary.
E.g. Goog...
Timeline for an exam
Stages for a successful certification
Fix a date and schedule
learning units in a
calendar.
SCHEDULE
...
Score Report
Strength and weakness
The score report helps you to
identify your gaps.
Review the ratings and explore
the as...
Retake Options
Certain vendors include an
option to retake an exam.
Others offer voucher bundles.
Learning Resources
User Groups and Communities
Network of professionals. Exchange of experience. Fun.
Mentorship
Find a tu...
How To Stay
Motivated?
Start a challenge…
#100DaysOfExam is all
about learning, more
precisely the journey to
prepare yourself to pass
an exam, no matter the
nature...
Importance of Certification
Confirm your Knowledge
Personal Growth
International Standards
Job Opportunity
Increased Salar...
Ask Me Anything!
Thank you for your attention
@JKirstaetter
JOCHEN KIRSTÄTTER
joki@mscc.mu
EMAIL ADDRESS
https://jochen.ki...
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Confirm your Knowledge with a Certification

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You probably graduated from university and you may hold some sort of degree in the field of IT or software engineering. Since then you working your daily job as a professional - either employed or freelancing. Over time you gain knowledge and valuable experience in the tools and programming languages you use.

But do you know whether your knowledge and experience is "up to standards"? Or how you would compare to other professionals in the same technology stack?

Certifications in the industry can help with that. They are standardized world wide and give you an indicator about yourself. During the session you are going to hear about my experience with various certification exams over the past years, and why a constant, probably daily, learning attitude is essential for your career and personal growth in the field.

Lastly, you are going to learn how to stay motivated during the preparation for an exam and how to keep yourself accountable following the #100DaysOfExam approach.

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Confirm your Knowledge with a Certification

  1. 1. Confirm Your Knowledge with Certification Switch Jochen Kirstätter CEO, Founder @MSCraftsman, Founder @GDGMauritius, Microsoft MVP, Family guy, Entrepreneur, Software Craftsman
  2. 2. Why get a professional certification?
  3. 3. Personal Growth Received positive impact on professional image/reputation S o u r c e : P e a r s o n V U E 2 0 1 7 V a l u e o f I T C e r t i f i c a t i o n S u r v e y
  4. 4. Job Opportunities by 2021 IT positions will be cloud related S o u r c e : 2 0 1 7 I D C - M i c ro s o f t w h i t e p a p e r C l o u d S k i l l s a n d O r g a n i z a t i o n a l I n f l u e n c e : H o w C l o u d S k i l l s A r e A c c e l e r a t i n g t h e C a r e e r s o f I T P r o f e s s i o n a l s
  5. 5. 23% said they received a salary increase of up to 20% upon earning a certification. Salary increase of up to S o u r c e : P e a r s o n V U E 2 0 1 7 V a l u e o f I T C e r t i f i c a t i o n S u r v e y
  6. 6. Global Standards Content of an exam is standardized world wide. The exam process is neutral and provides equal conditions. EQUAL EXAMINATION Learning material is not bound to a curriculum or single source of information. Mix and combine various material. INDEPENDENCE A professional certification is recognized globally and is not bound to a specific institution or its reputation. RECOGNITION
  7. 7. Benefits of Certification A mindset of continuous learning keeps you ahead of others. PERSONAL GROWTH Professional exam is neutral and certification is recognized globally. GLOBAL STANDARDS A set of certifications provides better chance to get hired. JOB MARKET Leverage to address work performance and appraisal terms. SALARY NEGOTIATION
  8. 8. Roadmap What should you know about professional exams?
  9. 9. Testing Environment Part of specialized course CLASSROOM Uncommon scenario. E.g. Pearson VUE authorized TEST CENTER Guided instructions and assistance. At home, on campus or at work ONLINE PROCTORED Highly convenient. Not without risks.
  10. 10. Task based approach Perform certain task(s) in a pre- defined environment. Achieve a set goal with your knowledge and tools available (Linux Foundation / Red Hat). Multiple choice catalogue of Questions Commonly used approach in professional exams. Set of approx. 70 questions and scenarios in a period of 180 minutes (Microsoft). Types of Exam
  11. 11. Investment into your Career a.k.a. Cost for an Exam 😊 Vendor and Certification specific Prices for an exam vary. E.g. Google $125 USD vs LPI $200 USD. Country or Region dependent Same exam can have a different price tag. E.g. Microsoft exam: $165 USD (USA) vs $80 USD (Mauritius) Bundle package Look for optimized bundle packages with either several exams, retake options or practice tests. Discount voucher Various vendors offer discounts, e.g. for students, in beta programs, seasonal promotion with 50% and more.
  12. 12. Timeline for an exam Stages for a successful certification Fix a date and schedule learning units in a calendar. SCHEDULE Make a checklist and work on daily goals. PREPARE Be early. Make yourself comfortable. TAKE EXAM Use a technology daily for 6 months or more. PRACTICE
  13. 13. Score Report Strength and weakness The score report helps you to identify your gaps. Review the ratings and explore the associated topics for more confidence.
  14. 14. Retake Options Certain vendors include an option to retake an exam. Others offer voucher bundles.
  15. 15. Learning Resources User Groups and Communities Network of professionals. Exchange of experience. Fun. Mentorship Find a tutor on campus or online to assist you. Online Learning Material Various free and paid platforms, e.g. Microsoft Learn, Pluralsight, edX, Google Codelabs. Participation at Events SWITCH Conference, Developers Conference, DevFest, etc.
  16. 16. How To Stay Motivated? Start a challenge…
  17. 17. #100DaysOfExam is all about learning, more precisely the journey to prepare yourself to pass an exam, no matter the nature of the topic.
  18. 18. Importance of Certification Confirm your Knowledge Personal Growth International Standards Job Opportunity Increased Salary Continuous Learning
  19. 19. Ask Me Anything! Thank you for your attention @JKirstaetter JOCHEN KIRSTÄTTER joki@mscc.mu EMAIL ADDRESS https://jochen.kirstaetter.name/ BLOG

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