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Certificates Or Skill | What Is More Important?

Certificates Or Skill | What Is More Important?

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·May 2, 2022·

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Certification/ Degree and skills are two sides of the same coin!!

Skills vs. degrees or skills vs. certificates are frequently discussed. To be honest, that's a bit of a blunder. Do you prioritize learning programs or a credential from a well-known brand? Which would you choose if I gave you the option of a certificate from Udemy/Coursera or a certification from someone who isn't famous but can teach you the best?

I understand your perplexity. Have you ever asked such a question? I'll explain why a focus on understanding is more vital than any brand-name credential.

But have you ever considered how much weight we should give a stack of certificates when it comes to literally master knowledge?

Let’s answer it below!!

INTRODUCTION

Everyone is concerned about obtaining certifications in order to pursue a bright career, and many of us will go to any length to achieve them. We invest money, years of our lives, and many sleepless nights in order to pass tests that would provide us with credentials.

The educational system is undergoing a transformation. Students can no longer prosper if they just make the honor roll. Extracurricular activities and soft skills have become more important in colleges and professions. Only learners who excel academically, in extracurriculars, and socially are able to prosper. But how can you, as a teacher or student leader, assist pupils in achieving extracurricular success?

Technology is, without a doubt, a powerful tool. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, s Students' learning paradigms have evolved in recent years. The narrative does not finish with you sitting in a classroom. Learning has taken root in the virtual world as well. You may take advantage of a variety of online courses and training programs at your leisure. Studying online can sometimes be more advantageous than learning offline. However, there is a disadvantage to all of this. I'm going to use a hypothetical situation to illustrate my argument.

Assume that a college purchases a subscription to Udemy for all of its students. It is seen to be a wise decision. This will assist in the acquisition of credentials that will appear excellent on CVs. In the end, it will assist you in interviews and advance your career. However, don't jump to conclusions.

Let's take a closer look at the scenario before making a decision.

To begin with, these credentials are not difficult to obtain. Almost every student can brag about having received one of these certificates. In the coming future, it will have almost no market value.

To begin, consider what often happens in the situation of students:

Assume that the learners refuse to perform their homework and do not study the materials that they are required to learn. They receive whatever answers they're required to offer on-course quizzes or assessments from internet sources like GitHub or similar. The final objective is to obtain the certificate. Will this approach succeed in the long run?

Now consider it from the viewpoint of the college Faculty:

The college may have been duped since they expected these courses to be worthwhile and for their students to get hired by huge companies. However, their learners' knowledge foundation is still lacking; a few credentials will not go them very far. As a result, in our hypothetical situation, everyone is tricked in some way by enrolling in classes.

No, don't read the upper line wrong, we are not saying being involved or enrolled in online courses is wrong, we are just saying that if online courses are not utilized properly can act as a cheated item for students, college faculties, and for parents of the student as well.

But who gets cheated the most?

My answer would be the students.

These courses are especially well-known for interviewers. They are also aware that students might obtain these certificates without having learned anything meaningful. It would be a blunder to hire them without first checking what they know.

As a result, these certificates will have no bearing on interviews. For everyone involved, this becomes a fruitless process. Academic integrity is not upheld by these certifications. If you have one of these credentials, you have no way of knowing if you learned anything or cheated on your tasks during the course. As a result, you must concentrate on studying.

CONCLUSION

It is impossible to get an edge in interviews without confirmation of learning. Employers are more concerned with what you can perform in the actual world than with how many qualifications you have. You can demonstrate your abilities through projects and practical applications. The majority of firms will not recognize those certifications at all. As a result, the low cost of such courses should not come as a surprise.

It is not wise to invest any money in them if the final goal is to increase your chances of being recruited. At the end of the day, Coursera/ Udemy or any other well-known brand does not give you a surety of employment.

In the end, if anything matters are only skill or knowledge; no certificates matter if don't have knowledge of what you learned during that certification period.

In this covid-19 outbreak, be sure that whichever course you choose, you give it you're all in your own domain, rather than chasing after a succession of certificates for the sake of huge companies. Nobody will look at your certificates in your executive files; what matters is the expertise you have in your desired job profile.

If you're taking a course to get a certificate of completion from a reputed online platform, now is the time to get yourself on the correct track. I'm not saying you shouldn't take these courses; what I'm trying to say is that you should figure out where you stand, what you want to do, and what you need to do, and then choose your path appropriately, taking courses in that field, internship programs, and whatever else you want to do but only with it. After all, the question that will matter is if you are truly enjoying your work.

 
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