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As tech professionals know all too well, staying ahead is a part of the job and can even contribute to how successful you are. Having the right skills not only makes you the team’s go-to subject matter expert, but it could also give you a boost of confidence, a salary bump, and increase your job satisfaction. In fact, one survey discovered that sixty-five percent of those who received certifications realized one of their benefits within three months.1 If you haven’t already started, now is the time to get started at your own pace, right at home. Here are ten reasons you should earn a Microsoft Certification.
- Make more money
Almost thirty-five percent of technical professionals said getting certified led to salary or wage increases, and twenty-six percent reported job promotions.1
- Receive recognition from an industry leader
Businesses around the world not only rely on Microsoft, but there’s also a high demand for professionals to be skilled in Microsoft technologies. Having the prestige of a Microsoft Certification validates your abilities to stay current and perform in job roles for a modern digital business.
- Feel empowered
Ninety-one percent of certified technical experts believe that the effort employees put into acquiring new skills strongly contributes to their success. These certified technical professionals are also more likely to believe they can learn difficult skills, which means they’re able to take on hard work and ultimately, help fulfill digital transformation initiatives. 2
- Grow with a solid foundation
Using Microsoft Learn to help you get certified means you’ll go deeper into the technical world and build the foundational skills that are needed to grow in your career. Microsoft-certified professionals outperformed uncertified peers by twenty-six percent. 3
- Explore an exciting, new path
Microsoft Azure accounts for seventeen percent of the worldwide cloud market. If you’re a recent graduate or simply looking for something different in your career, adding a role-based Microsoft Certification to your resume will open doors to cloud-based career opportunities.4
- Get the job you’ve always wanted
Boost your resume to stand out. Adding a Microsoft Certification to your profile shows your commitment to embrace the evolving forefront of technology and continue learning.
- Ride the
In 2018, forty percent of organizations planned to invest in cloud computing. The next year, that number went up to sixty.5 Since Microsoft Azure is a key driver for increased cloud investment and there’s FIFTEEN (and growing) Azure-focused Microsoft Certifications, you could earn some serious credibility for jumping on the growth bandwagon.
- Stand out
Ninety-three percent of business decision-makers around the world say that certified employees add more value, close the skills gaps, are more productive than their non-certified peers, and are better at meeting client needs.6
- Get those shiny, happy feelings again
Who knew a Microsoft Certification could actually improve your well-being? Here’s what technical professionals had to say.
- Learn for free
How do you prepare for a Microsoft Certification? Microsoft Learn’s role-based training helps you learn in the way that best fits your busy lifestyle. With free self-paced interactive, hands-on, browser-based learning paths, you can access modules online at any time. Or discover instructor-led training offered by Learning Partners, delivered by Microsoft Certified Trainers. With the countless technology updates to meet innovation and productivity, the content is also kept up to date to meet industry demands.
Ready to take the next step? Check out our certifications and learning paths on Microsoft Learn.
1Source: Pearson VUE survey, 2018 Value of IT Certification, 2019
2Source: IDC white paper, sponsored by Microsoft, Business Value of Digital Transformation and the Contribution of a Growth Mindset in IT, May 2020
3Source: IDC white paper, sponsored by Microsoft, Benefits of Role-Based Certifications, June 2020
4Source: Kinsta, Cloud Market Share – A Look at the Cloud Ecosystem in 2020, June 2020
5Source: Global Knowledge, 2019 IT Skills and Salary Report, Looking Forward, 2019
6Source: Global Knowledge, 2019 IT Skills and Salary Report, IT Decision Maker Insights, 2019
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