Do Certifications Really Matter?… Today I was writing about the best courses that I have ever taken so that they may be useful to more people at the present time, but during this, I noticed a strange thing, which is that while I was going back to some of these courses, I found that I had never once in my life pressed Get Certificate and this is actually the first time I take Bali It’s already on some platforms.
Do Certifications Really Matter?
So I wanted to talk a little about the testimonies and share my personal opinion, which I know can upset many people, especially since I kept seeing fierce competition in the timeline about who submits more testimonies.
Personally, I see that 98% of certificates in practical fields have no value. They remain only for places that offer a competitive advantage that does not provide any value. As for those who seek to obtain them, it is just a means of signaling to say I am smarter or I am better or whatever. It was the message you were trying to get from her.
Why do you think it has no value? For a simple reason, which is that the certificate alone does not prove anything about your abilities or what you can offer. Let me formulate it in the form of a simple mathematical problem: Ahmed took a certificate from a place X. You say that he completed a training path in the field of Y, so how much confidence does the labor market have in Ahmed’s abilities? Zero, the labor market confidence in Ahmed and his abilities is equal to zero!
Why, because for anyone who is interested in the service you provide or the skill you have, the certificates I took does not mean anything. All that matters to me as a potential client or someone interested in working with you is two things:
1. Your portfolio
2. Are you a trustworthy, committed, reliable person or not?
Any other thing that comes in a lower rank than other countries, and the certificate does not come even in the imagination of anyone who is interested in working with you.
Of course, it is nice that you have certificates indicating that you have completed certain educational paths and that this proves that you have the ability to self-learn and that you are striving greatly to develop yourself and your abilities, but from the point of view of your potential client or employer with whom you want to work, this does not mean anything about What you can offer!
So far, I have been in a grocer for more than 6 years, working as a freelancer. How often do I ask for a certificate, or have I been in a situation where I have to have a certificate? Not once! And if it happened that a customer asked for something like this, it would definitely be considered a red flag and I would not be interested in dealing with it.
Why am I saying all this? For two reasons, the first is that because of the tendency of many people to publish their certificates, this remains and has taken a lot of attention from those who are still starting, whether in freelancing or any other field, whether the reason is their belief that it is important or just because it is a signal in both cases, I would like to draw attention because this is completely wrong and please Don’t do that.
The second and most important reason is that most of the Freelance sites are asking you to take certificates that they provide, and as I said before, I will say again that this is nothing but a naive way to earn from you and make the shareholders happy and you do not need this, and it will not help you to be more convincing. For a potential client, no need.
Ok in this case, what is most important? The most important thing is that you focus on learning the content of the course you take and apply it immediately afterward because this will help you add better work to your Portfolio.
At this point, I express my full respect to SkillShare, that it really does not offer any certificates, and they say that when you finish a course, you are supposed to apply what you learned in Project and add it because this will prove that you have really learned and will help you be better than the certificate.
And if you remember well, Brennan Dunn was talking about the issue of these certificates for a while, and he said that they are only a cheap way from some places in order to be a competitive advantage for them in selling their courses, but they are not important at all at the level of the labor market, but I do not remember what he said. Exactly, unfortunately.
And the most important thing is that you really learn the content of the course you take, whatever it is, and start working on its basis.
- One last thing in 2016 I was writing a post in which I say:
From my point of view, of absolutely no value, the Testimonial is ten times more important than the Certificate!.
But now my view has changed because I do not see any real importance of the certificate, so for the time being, let me say: Your client’s opinion about you and your job is the real certificate that you should seek to take in every project you work on.