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THE CHANGING WORKFORCE: ARE CERTIFICATIONS OR SHORT


COURSES WORTHWHILE? By Sookie Lioncourt


Times are hard. The economy has made life more challenging in all its aspects including earning a degree. Getting alternative proofs of education aside from the traditional diploma is becoming a more attractive option. One of which is the shorter, more cost- effective version of your usual degree called certificates.


There is a stigma against certificate holders that suggest a lower quality of education, compared to its bachelor degree counterpart. Before you dismiss getting a certificate, there are things that you should realize that


might change your mind. We will tackle the most common myths about certifications below.


Never a worthless attempt With the fast pace of the tech industry, we’re living in a world where new knowledge is easily created. Back then, certificates might be considered as worthless endeavors. Now, specific industries often require certifications and wouldn’t settle for anything less. A bachelor’s degree in business might be enough to snag a good corporate job, but certifications will net you the burgeoning positions.


These include network associate, social media marketing manager, VMware professional, and other niche jobs that don’t necessarily require a degree, but a proof of study on a specific skill.


Depending on the industry, there are hundreds of different certificates to obtain. For example, aspiring chefs need certification on food hygiene, general culinary arts, wine preparation, and supervision according to How2Become. Moreover, gaining certification means like “starting off on the right foot and receiving proper training.”


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