Certain Measures for Uncertain Times

The unsettling news of the global economy is unwelcome to IT professionals looking to improve their careers. It seems that during tougher economic times 2009-01A.jpg– not only are there fewer opportunities for promotions, training or new/challenging projects, but sometimes even earning a living can become an issue.

A typical response for most of us is to scale back our spending as much as possible and only spend or invest where it’s most wise. For many Oracle IT Professionals, a smart and inexpensive way to invest in your career and touch up your resume during a rough economy is to get or add an Oracle certification. By going through the process to earn an Oracle certification process, you improve your skills and knowledge, gain confidence, and add to your professional credibility. Oracle certification may help provide that differentiation and credibility that you need to get a new job or keep the one you have.

Several situations might make you consider getting certified now:

  • You are an experienced Oracle IT professional but have never considered certification.
  • You are already certified, but on an old version.
  • You are already certified and there is an add-on Expert (OCE) track available in your technology domain.

Not Certified: If you have taken Oracle training, have the skills, knowledge and experience, but have never gotten certified – you might strongly consider certification. There are lots of options, and in most instances you can get started without a mandatory training requirement. This by the way, is a perfect time for OCAs who have never completed OCP to consider finishing their certification.

Certified on an old version: Version upgrades typically (1) don’t have a mandatory training requirement (although training is recommended if your knowledge is not strong), and (2) usually only require that you pass a single exam. In cases where you are behind multiple versions, Oracle often offers bridge exams that enable you to skip a version when you upgrade.

Expert Track: Oracle has a growing number of add-ons to our database tracks. Consider highlighting advanced skills by specializing in RAC or Performance Tuning. Additionally there are many standalone Expert Tracks that might fit your domain and provide you with additional credibility (such as SQL Expert or 11i Workflow Expert).

Please note that I am not advocating that the credential alone will get you a new job; however as I’ve mentioned before, the process that you go through to become certified – along with the recognition that the credential brings – improves the chances that you will do better in a tough economy, especially if you are already an experienced Oracle IT Professional. It’s a relatively inexpensive investment that can only help you move your career forward – even in tough economic times.

Paul Sorensen,
Director, Oracle Certification


Comments:

Individuals and companies are always looking at positioning themselves better in the job / engagement market through differentiation. Certification provides this differentiation at a fraction on other big spending costs. As the number of opportunities decrease, certified individuals would have an edge at all times.

Posted by Mohan Dutt on January 07, 2009 at 04:56 AM PST #

Certification have to spend more costs. Anyway when we would like to get certification, that make us to focus that knowledge deeply. And that is a good investment help about new job.

Posted by Surachart Opun on January 07, 2009 at 03:27 PM PST #

I agree- certifications have allowed me to build on my experience and strengths as an Oracle DBA and consultant. Now, I will keep up with them to allow me to stay competitive and add value to clients.

Posted by Ben Prusinski on January 08, 2009 at 12:03 AM PST #

I want to pursue a career in IT by enrolling for OCP trainning. Although i am an accountant i so musch have the flair for IT and i strongly believe i can make a successful career in this line. My problem is even though i believe i can pass the exam i dont have the required experience required for certification. Can somebody advise how i can go about this? I would very much appreciate advice on the way forward from anybody

Posted by Adesina on January 15, 2009 at 05:56 PM PST #

Certification is very relevant but what happen when you dont have a BSC yet. Is there a provision for job in the society.

Posted by Godwin silas on February 06, 2009 at 08:44 PM PST #

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