Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Most Employable Credentials To Have: Outlook March 6, 2012

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The two hottest, most demanded certifications at present, and probably for the next two to three years (my estimate as a Global Futurist) are these, each followed by its description via Wikipedia (which is, ironically one of the World's most useful and popular resources, but which is struggling for adequate capital to maintain its very existence - please contribute to them if you can. Every little bit helps):

1. PMP Project Management Professional

Project Management Professional (PMP) is a credential offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI). As of 31 July 2010, there were 393,413 active PMP certified individuals worldwide. Over 4,300 individuals a month, since September 2006, have obtained a PMP certification. Many more are seeking or will be seeking this credential.

Each exam item (a question with its possible answers) has at least two references to standard books or other sources of project management. Most of the questions reference the PMI A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (aka the PMBOK Guide).[3]

The Project Management Framework embodies a project life cycle and five major project management Process Groups:[4]
  1. Initiating
  2. Planning
  3. Executing
  4. Monitoring and Controlling
  5. Closing
encompassing a total of 42 processes.

Mapped to these five process groups are nine project management Knowledge Areas:
  1. Project Integration Management
  2. Project Scope Management
  3. Project Time Management
  4. Project Cost Management
  5. Project Quality Management
  6. Project Human Resource Management
  7. Project Communications Management
  8. Project Risk Management
  9. Project Procurement Management
The processes of these knowledge areas are described by their inputs, tools and techniques, and outputs. The PMBOK also emphasizes the interaction and interdependence between different process groups. For example, the outputs from one process may be used by one or more other processes as inputs.


2. CCNA - Cisco Certified Network Associate

CCNA certification is a second-level Cisco Career certification. CCNA certification validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks, including implementation and verification of connections to remote sites in a WAN.

To achieve CCNA certification, one must earn a passing score on Cisco exam #640-802, or combined passing scores on both the ICND1 #640-822 and ICND2 #640-816 exams. Passing the ICND1 grants one the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) certification. Passing scores are set by using statistical analysis and are subject to change. At the completion of the exam, candidates receive a score report along with a score breakout by exam section and the passing score for the given exam. Cisco does not publish exam passing scores because exam questions and passing scores are subject to change without notice.

The use of IP, EIGRP, Frame Relay, RIPv2, VLANs, Ethernet, and access control lists is all included within the curriculum. CISCO produce a breakdown of the CCNA topics on their website. The exams themselves include a mixture of question types including Multiple choice, drag and drop, Testlets and simulations.


According to Dice.com, the job search service, this is the scenario:

"Project Management Professional (PMP) is the most frequently desired certification according to the latest Dice report, with nearly 2,200 requests in job postings on any given day, up nine percent year/year.

Following close on the PMP’s heels are CCNA certifications. Job postings for Cisco Certified Network Associates were at 1,200 on any given day, up 21% yr/yr. Entry-level network technicians have found CompTIA’s Network+ certification helpful in job hunting."

The following article link appears courtesy of TechRepublic. After you've scanned the article, please hit the "BACK" button on your browser to return to this page for some further insights and ways to get an edge on the competition -- particularly in these more technologically-oriented fields.

Certifications most likely to land you a new job

PMP and CCNA lead the way for certifications that are in most demand. Read more


According to a recent study published by the Anderson Economic Group, an average of 1.2 million project management positions will need to be filled each year through 2016. This demand has largely been stimulated by the increase in international projects and the emergence of international and multinational business entities.

You will have a decided edge over other contenders for these positions if you have one or more of the following attributes:

1) Years of practical, possibly international experience;

2) Dexperience in team leadership and interpersonal management skills;

3) Fluency in more than one language and cultural sensitivity in more than one culture - more is better;

4) Your presentation skills - particularly at speaking to upper-level, non-technological executives - will be crucial. Nerds, techies and geeks neither command the respect nor the salary levels as those individuals who can articulate their thoughts in proactive extroversion to the most senior executives and directors. They must be convinced that you are leader and coordinator or Human Beings as well as a student of state-of-the-art technology and approaches.

5) If you have published a number of scholarly or practical articles about certain sub-specialties within the realm of project management, or about the direction of the field in general, this is helpful support. Create and accumulate a good social media and Google profile -- prospective employers will indeed be looking.

The first business that you have to seriously plan for is your life. The first projects that you must manage are 1) your own personal development, and 2) your own professional trajectory.

Douglas E Castle

The Business And Project Planning And Management Blog

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