The time, money, and effort you put into achieving certification
will depend upon the certification you choose and how much
it's a natural extension of your current skill level.
It's a calculated financial and psychological investment
in your future, one that you can expect to provide dividends
for years to come. Like any investor, you need to choose your
investment options wisely and learn from the mistakes of others.
As the saying goes: "If you can't afford to do it
over, you'd better do it right the first time."
And even if you could afford to do it over, who wants
Fortunately, computer professionals who have been embracing
certification since its earliest beginnings have blazed a
path for you. By understanding where earlier certification
candidates went astray, you can avoid making the same
mistakes. What follows is an exploration of the most common
certification errors and suggestions on how to steer clear
Although a small misjudgment here or there isn't going
to cancel out all of your hard work, you might as well
benefit from other people's hindsight. After all,
that's one type of vision that's always 20/20.
Choosing The Wrong Certification
Choosing the wrong program is one of the more common mistakes
people make when pursuing certification. What makes a certain
certification a bad choice? Either it's chosen for
the wrong reasons or it's lacking in some way that easily
could have been detected (but hasn't been) with a little
research. This type of mistake is easier to make than you
might suspect. Here's why it happens: