In this edition of Nextenture blog posts, Namrata Naik, our manager of professional services in India, discusses balancing her academic perspective toward IT with her real-life experience as a professional. 

I am an IT professional with 10+ years of experience. I have worked in big MNCs before I joined Nextenture, my first start-up company. Being a distinction holder throughout my academics and having a couple of certifications to my name has made me wonder: is certification really proof of the knowledge I  have acquired on the subject?

I often come across people who claim to be certified in something they have never worked on, but they feel that maybe the certification will help them get better jobs. Yet I still don’t understand those companies who post jobs asking for certifications to prove the candidate’s knowledge in some field or position they are looking for.

A true knowledge is gained on a subject when you have worked on it for years and have practiced it in your day to day scenario. Only a few questions related to the subject can determine whether the person is fit for the job or not. If you lack the skills on how to get the job done or how to do it yourself, then your certifications straight away goes for a toss. Spending hours into studying something, answering a few questions in exam to certify yourself has no meaning unless you have applied it practically and mastered it.

I have come across people in my career who claim to be certified but have absolutely no caliber for the job duties allocated to them. At the same time, I have known people who are very good at their jobs but are often having difficulties in moving ahead in their career due to lack of certifications.

This does not mean that you don’t take certifications at all! Rather, it will make more sense to get a certification after you have gained enough knowledge of the subject. This will add more value to your profile.

Recruiters should start looking for experienced professionals in a certain field rather than shortlisting candidates based on their certifications – only then will the quality of work will improve. Rating a candidate’s performance, appraising and promoting them based on the number of certifications acquired is not the correct way of judging one’s capabilities and talents. We’ve reached where the knowledge needs to be valued more than the degrees and certificates.

After all, being certified is not enough but being knowledgeable is.

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