Time Tips: How to Fit Certification into Your Schedule

“To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time.”
– Leonard Bernstein, Conductor

In my career as an education consultant, I have witnessed thousands of candidates attempt to obtain dozens of IT certifications. Some were successful, others were not.

I have seen a former salesman pass five difficult Microsoft exams in one week. I also have witnessed an experienced hardware engineer take four years to pass his A+ Hardware Exam.

What separates these two individual experiences has little to do with aptitude, training or real-world skills. It has everything to do with how they managed their time.

Despite the relatively good economic times the IT sector has enjoyed recently, ever-increasing workloads and neve-ending project deadlines have made it tempting to put certification on the back burner. Don’t. Although times are good now, we all remember the dot-com collapse just six short years ago.

In times of economic upheaval, it is those who possess the most up-to-date skills and certifications who will be able to withstand change and experience continued career growth and advancement.

Finding the time to fit certification into your schedule involves changing your priorities, making a plan and then sticking to it. The following are some time management tips that will help streamline your efforts, getting you certified in the least amount of time possible.

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