Through my current position at work, I developed an interest in marketing and a new direction for my career. Luckily for me, SkillUp Finger Lakes offers a Marketing Industry Path. After taking the self-assessment, I was able to add Path specific courses to my Plan that helped me fill skill gaps and put everything I learned to work.
After earning Mastery Level in all the courses, I wanted to go even further and earn an industry recognized certification. Now once a week, I’m taking self-directed one hour classes, all online, that will prepare me to sit for and pass the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Exam.
I already had a degree in another area before becoming interested in marketing and project management and SkillUp offered me the opportunity to further my skills and education without a cost to myself or my employer. And it’s paying off! I’ve already earned a promotion and raise and there’s still more room to grow – Jen, Outreach Project Manager, FLWIB
Why bother with receiving an industry certification? According to Karen Clark, Microsoft Program Director, “Having a certification demonstrates your commitment, motivation and technical knowledge and skills in a specific area or platform.”
She goes on to say “Having a certification demonstrates your commitment, motivation and technical knowledge and skills in a specific area or platform. As a certified professional you join a select group of individuals at the top of their game. Certification shows that you care about your career and customers enough to spend the time and money to prove you have the knowledge and skills in your chosen area.”
A skill set is a combination of abilities, qualities and experiences you can apply to perform tasks well. These can include soft skills such as interpersonal skills, organization and leadership as well as technical skills such as research, computer programming, accounting writing and more.
Spending time on improving your skills can help you achieve personal career goals such as earning a promotion or becoming an expert on a certain topic. Your skill set can be applied to progress in your current career or expanded to earn a job in a different field or industry.
An assessment of your skills is a good place to start understanding any gaps that might need filling in order to reach your goals.