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Keeping Up with a Changing Landscape

In technical industries, professionals must complete continuous education, training, and certifications to stay ahead of emerging technologies, but training isn’t just about technology. 74 percent of employees feel they aren’t reaching their full potential due to lack of educational opportunities, while 76 percent of employees believe professional development is among the most important factors in company culture. Retention rates rise by 30-50 percent for companies that encourage continued education.

We spoke with Senior Technical Recruiter Mike Pang, Director of Project Management Trevor Taylor, and Senior Cloud Security Manager Jorge Pisfil-Rodriguez to understand more about how professionals can keep a competitive edge in the job market with education and certifications.



Senior Recruiting Lead Mike Pang on the importance of certifications in your job search

In the tech industry, certifications are a huge differentiating factor for candidates in their job searches. In some cases, achieving a technical certification can be the difference between a recruiter looking at your resume or passing it over.

As a professional, certifications are equally important to building your resume and establishing an employer’s confidence in your skills. Most certifications carry practical knowledge that is a huge help on the job, allowing a recruit to provide insight on situations they may not have experienced in their work life. This gives employers a lot of confidence in you as a potential employee, giving you an edge over other candidates. Even if your certifications are all academic, they still differentiate you from other candidates and will ultimately help you to grow your career towards your goals.

Director of Program Management Trevor Taylor on offering employees educational opportunities

It’s so important for employees to continue their educations throughout their careers. In order for businesses and individuals to stay competitive, education is an absolute must. To grow in its industry and reach revenue goals, companies are looking for candidates that hold certifications that can help further their strategic goals.

In my position, I manage a lot of project managers. There are so many skills that are required as a manager, including soft skills like emotional intelligence and communication. I think it is equally important to participate in trainings for these skills as it is for technical training, both for your career and in your personal life. There is hidden value that is often discounted for these types of trainings.

I see such a difference in the project managers who take the time to complete soft skills training to those who don’t. If a manager has both the technical know-how and the communication skills to manage a project and maintain relationships effectively with the client, that person is going to win your organization more business and have a great relationship with their team. If you aren’t preparing, learning, and educating yourself, it shows! I always encourage my team to get as much education as possible.





Senior Cloud Security Manager Jorge Pisfil-Rodriguez on getting your organization’s support

There are so many benefits to achieving certifications in the cloud space. Certifications show your team the dedication that you have to a certain topic or skill. They also play a huge part in your career path. For myself, I want to grow in cloud computing, so the certifications I seek are focused on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

To prepare for these certifications, it takes a lot of studying outside of work hours, but the work that I do at ECS also gives me relevant on-the-job training. While many people pursue certs to get into a certain role, I use them to strengthen my work in my current role.

The support I get from team members and leadership from Mission Systems and Cloud Center of Excellence is incredible. ECS sees these opportunities not just as displays of skill, but also opportunities to show your commitment to your position and your work. I would encourage anyone that is newer in their organization to strive for these certifications whenever possible, and to look for companies that have a growth and learning culture.

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