The next certification you get should be…

Lately, I’ve been helping people with what seems to be a common problem: Certifications.

And these people I’m working with have been confused. Security certifications are important, and there are too many of them out there.

I’m getting the the same question on this topic: What certification should I get?

Maybe you’ve asked yourself, “what security certification do I need” to:

  1. Reach my career goals
  2. Make more money
  3. Get a job or get promoted
  4. Demonstrate my skills

If you have asked this question, you’re in good company. I know I’ve asked this myself many times.

I’ve struggled with these same questions. In fact, I’m going through it right now. I’m struggling with number 1 and 4. I’m debating on getting yet another certification and I’m stuck on 3 different ones.

But what’s funny, is people are asking me about certifications…and here I am struggling with the same problem.

So what advice do I give?

In doing some research online, this question is a pretty common all over.  Even among experienced professionals.

In my course “How to get a job in cyber security”, I teach you this very subject.  I don’t go into crazy detail about it, but I show you 3 certifications you should focus on at any level in security: Entry-level, mid-level, and advanced level.

I also show you how many jobs there are, and the median salary for each one. I also created a quick guide on the 4 highest paying certifications. You can get that for FREE here.

I did this in response to the questions I’ve been getting on the subject.

In the course, I teach you that the next certification you get depends on skills and experience level.

But it should also focus on your career goals. How many jobs are there? How much money will it make you?

Not all certifications are right for everyone. And some of the popular or trending certifications might not help you reach your goals.

My advice: Before getting a certification, do some research. Look at your current job or the next job you would like to do. Go to indeed.com, dice.com, or other job boards.

See how many jobs are in your area that interest you. Then see what certifications are required.

For example, if you are a security analyst, and want to be a security engineer in the future, research that. Look at companies in your area and what certifications they are looking for. They’ll tell you!

That’s your starting point. Then decide from there. Otherwise, you could spend a lot of time, energy, and money on a certification that may get you nothing more than more fancy letters on your resume.

To summarize:

  1. Know your career goals.
  2. Focus on a certification that compliments your skills and experience.
  3. Research what certifications employers are looking for.
  4. Make your decision and go get it!

 

I hope this helps if you’re struggling like I am!