IT professionals put a lot of time, effort, and money into getting professional certifications and are rightly proud of the accomplishment. But circumstances arise—be they changes in technology, or a new job role, or a recalculation of the cert’s value compared to the effort—in which certifications lapse, expire, or just become outdated.
In the most recent issue of Human Infrastructure Magazine we asked readers how many outdated certs they were carrying around. 69 people responded.
A plurality (39%) have at least one outdated certification. Twenty-two percent have four or five, and another 19% have stopped counting. Twenty percent of respondents haven’t suffered this fate, but given the evidence of this chart, it seems likely to happen.
But don’t despair. For every Novell NetWare ghost that haunts you, there’s an AWS or Kubernetes certification just waiting to be born.