Gone are the days when people with one degree or one certification used to crack jobs and stay lifelong in one organization. If you view from the other angle that’s the beauty of IT industry that calls for constant changes, evolution in technology and in turn you got to be in line with it. Talking about certifications, there was a time when Cisco certifications were considered to be the best for networking professionals for those eyeing on to a great job or just wanting to progress. At one time, to climb the corporate ladder it was one of the surest and fastest ways for network professionals and aspirants.

The time is changing fast; you got to think beyond just a single certification in hand. If you want to be the high priority choice of employers then this one is for you.

Thanks to the world of vendor certifications. It not only gives a changed direction to your career but also enhances your capabilities to build and nurture your great career.

Holding a Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP), CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Engineer), or CCAr (Cisco Certified Architect) under your belt still holds a lot of value and so do a growing list of vendor-neutral IT certifications from organizations.

Now the question is – These Multi vendor Certifications are beneficial to whom – tenured IT professionals or Fresher?

The answer to the question is dependent on various factors like one’s career goals and ambitions, technical knowledge and enthusiasm to learn more. Besides these let’s consider the reasons why Multivendor Certifications have become the need of the hour:

1. Gaining the knack of it: That’s the most obvious reason to choose a valuable vendor certification. But this choice has to be made after deep understanding, analysis and clarity of thoughts as to what you want to achieve in your career. CISCO offers all levels of certifications and therefore for multivendor technologies to make their space in the IT industry was a bit difficult. But because their level is not too tough to crack, hence it has become popular. Acquiring Multivendor certification helps you get hands on to the tools beyond Cisco Products. So the choice of the certification has to be made very wisely if you really value your invested time.

2. Relevancy and Suitability: One should make a cautious choice, as you survey the IT market you would find some certifications that are totally theory based. So, all those aspirants who are good at cramming can score high in those as they can learn the entire syllabus from back to front. One has to decide about the certification based on the applicability. As purely theory cannot give you that vision to apply the same in any situation that demands it. Then, this reason is not sufficient to make a judgment that you shouldn’t go for it  as Benjamin Franklin has rightly said:

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest

Hence, rest assured, if you invest in a certification, the knowledge that you gain never goes waste, it yields you fruitful returns sooner or later.

3. Break through Vendor lock-in: Vendor lock-in is a situation where the market gets dependent on just one vendor fulfilling the requirements. Today Cisco and VMware are such big names that it has become difficult for others to make a name in the industry. They have designed and devised their products in this manner that it tends to rule the industry. Advice is to always choose a certification that answers all HOWs rather than just WHATs. As once you get clear of “How” a particular thing is to be done or implemented then only you are able to serve the demand of IT industry well.

This makes sure that the product designed is being used and operated properly and ultimately the end customers think good of the company and sometimes they get associated with these vendors to provide training for the onboard employees as well.

4. Obtain distinctive knowledge: One needs to open eyes to view the wider scope and perspective of the demand in the IT industry. For instance, a Network Professional with the intent on building his skills and career path should consider other certifications such as Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and those offered by (ISC)2. Sometimes, it really becomes necessary to understand the core project and overall organizational management requirements, that can be catered well, through certifications like PMP (Project Management Professional), Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) and ITIL.

Thus to sum up, we can say that if you want to keep moving on and challenging the status quo of your IT environment, then Multivendor certifications can prove to be beneficial.

Certifications should not be the end destination; one should look at it like just another milestone achieved. Hence,

Never leave any stone unturned when it comes to your career Growth and professional development

Ultimately, it becomes a personal choice whether or not to go in for Multivendor certification, but surely it is the need of the hour if you want to have a great job and career you need to imprint those on your resume as well. It is for sure that the future employers would pay off high for smart, tech savvy engineers rather than just serious technical ones. Certifications assign you the knowledge that drives IT innovation and the organization forward.

Doesn’t matter which way you choose, keep learning else you would be in for a very boring and stagnant career.