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LearnKey is committed to our core values of Ease, Value, and Trust. As part of our commitment to make our process easy to work with, we have reformatted our program descriptions and tossed out the technical jargon in favor of plain English descriptions. When it comes to answering the questions of what certifications are and why they matter, isn't that exactly what you're looking for in the first place?
What are they?
Certifications are a type of credential which, similar to an accredited college degree, a person may produce to prove they have a certain set of skills. The primary difference between certifications and an accredited degree is their focus. When someone holds a degree in Information Systems, we know they have a general knowledge in computer networking. On the other hand, when someone holds a certification, we know they have a very specific set of skills which directly relate to their associated tasks in the workplace.
Why do they matter?
Because certifications target specific skills, employers are able to determine which job candidates will best meet their needs based upon which certifications they hold. Often, due to the general studies focus of most college programs, those with a degree are often passed over by employers in favor of certified individuals with experience. Obviously, a college degree is an advantage but it should be pursued after (or at the same time as) one obtains multiple certifications.