The Great Resignation or The Great Reshuffle has been a hot topic of late. Many professionals have reassessed their priorities, honed their skills or changed career paths entirely. While everyone’s circumstances are different, gaining advanced professional certifications can really put you head and shoulders above the competition and open doors for you as you progress through your career. Especially within the identity landscape, certifications show that you have verified technical expertise as well as real-world experience.
There are so many industry leading certifications for whatever your niche within Cyber Security. IDPro, the identity professional membership group, has recently launched CIDPRO, a vendor-agnostic certification which aims to level the playing field within identity. Through CIDPRO, identity professionals can showcase their industry expertise and foundational knowledge from an industry-wide accreditation. By being vendor neutral, CIDPRO aims to create an industry standard and contribute towards closing the skills gap within the identity landscape and the broader tech industry.
Other certifications such as the SailPoint IdentityNow and IdentityIQ certifications are excellent options for professionals looking to specialize as an IAM Engineer or Architect with an industry-leading provider. CyberArk’s certification program is also a great option for professionals working within the privileged access management space looking to formalize their expertise.
There are plenty of benefits to gaining additional certifications, and the great thing is that you can return to certifications at any stage in your career as you continue to specialize and progress. Here are the top three reasons we recommend gaining identity certifications.
Identity and Access Management is such a rapidly changing industry that formal education isn’t always necessary to have a successful career within IAM. Real world experience and exposure to a range of projects is always valued by employers but it can be hard to showcase what you have worked on and the extent of your experience and expertise.
That’s why professional certifications from industry leaders are a great way to showcase your real-world expertise and gain verification that you are a certified professional.
Identity professionals with certifications from industry leaders are more in demand than ever before. Employers value certifications as they help to level the playing field and are an effective benchmark to assess individual skills. So, gaining professional certifications can make you a more attractive candidate to top employers in the industry.
As a professional, these certifications can also put you on a better standing to negotiate salary if looking for a new role. Because certifications are so in-demand, it puts you in the driver’s seat and gives you a competitive advantage. Certifications are also a great way to show your current employer that you want to specialize or progress within your niche and can be a great avenue for professional development within your role or organisation.
Grow Your Network
Your network is your net worth. Certifications can be a great way to connect with your peers within the industry and grow your network. When you have the credibility and backing of industry leading certifications, there will be more opportunities open to you in terms of networking opportunities, events and professional engagements.
It’s a great way to boost your credentials when networking and your network will be an asset throughout your career. You never know where your connections may take you and getting certified could be the first step in that journey.
If you’re studying towards your next professional certification, or are considering one, Cloud Identity is offering to cover the cost of the exam up to $500! All you need to do is enter your details to be in with a chance of winning the cost of assessment for free! Plus, you could get a free 15 minute consultation on the identity space and your career within identity. This is an amazing opportunity to start 2022 with new opportunities on the horizon and industry-leading certifications under your belt.
About Cloud Identity
Cloud Identity is the global leader in identity and access management and privileged access management staffing solutions. Dedicated to closing the skills gap within IAM and PAM, Cloud Identity works alongside industry leaders to improve access to talent within the identity landscape and provide opportunities for identity professionals across the US and Europe.