What is Professional Development?

It’s defined as:

Process of improving and increasing capabilities of staff through access to education and training opportunities in the workplace, through outside organization, or through watching others perform the job. Professional development helps build and maintain morale of staff members, and is thought to attract higher quality staff to an organization. Also called staff development.

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This allows you to keep an up-to-date skill set in an ever changing field, learning new skills, or just what new technologies are available to you can make all the difference in the world. Developing your skills and learning new ones will continually make you an asset to your employer.

Industry Certifications

               
AITA highly encourages industry certification of all IT professionals and members. You may be wondering why certifications matter and what they can do for you in your job. There are many in the industry who would look down on certifications and claim that they are simply a marketing and HR ploy and serve no real purpose. Even if that were true, the very fact the your employer (or future employer) thinks they’re valuable, makes them valuable.

At the end of the day IT professionals are there to serve. IT serves our customers, administrators, and users, but most importantly we serve our Almighty God. Take a minute to think, who do you really work for? We’re to love and serve the God of Heaven with all our mind as much as our heart, and soul, should we not be all that we can be to bring glory to Him? (Matthew 22:37)

Certifications help you in your career in the following ways, check out the list below for additional details.

Credibility

Getting, keeping, and earning new industry certifications can help give you a higher level of credibility to your employer outside of your college education. This can also help by giving you, the learner, the confidence you need in your job role to continue moving ever forward.

Marketability

Plain and simple, industry certifications look good on a resume. This is open to debate by many in the industry but having all the additional education certainly doesn’t hurt your chances of job placement by impressing a future employer. Certifications certainly have their place, and in many situations can lead to increased compensation by employers.