Deciding what career path to follow can be a daunting task.  Paying the bills is a short term and necessary requirement when deciding what to study, but long term career growth – ensuring you are in demand and therefore securing your future is really the end goal.

As everyone is well aware, Information Technology is a rapidly growing industry offering numerous opportunities and where higher salaries are often given to those with a proven set of skills. With no signs of the growth and demand in the industry slowing down, long term career prospects of job satisfaction and job security are guaranteed.  With Microsoft certifications, you are able to take advantage of these opportunities. Certification is an ongoing process and as most people know by now you never stop learning in the IT industry as technology and innovation is always on the move and at the forefront of what we do.

Therefore, let us have a look at the five Benefits to getting Microsoft Certified and keeping your skill set current.

1: Business Success deeply depends on Technology

Most businesses today are highly dependent on Technology not just to function but also to reach new heights of success as well. From small to medium business to large companies alike, it is very common for technology to take centre stage in terms of business strategies and to offer the solutions required to solve problems faced in the current day and age.

According to some recent industry studies, more than 80% of companies say that a lack of IT skills affects at least one area of their business operations. As we become more and more dependent on computers so do more and more people need certain skills at varies level. For example, it is one thing to claim that you are computer literate but it goes a long way to have a certification behind you to proof it. A company is much more at ease and likely to hire an IT professional that has a proven record of accomplishment and holding a current Microsoft Certification.


2: Knowledge is always Power

The knowledge of an employee is directly responsible for the way a business operates in many IT areas. It is therefore not surprising that that nearly all IT managers hold the belief that certificates are an important part of their teams overall performance.

Their skills and knowledge directly affect what solutions they can put on the table and ensure high availability of IT resources and plan for Business Continuity. This means less server and infrastructure downtime and the company also enjoy a better quality IT support service. These have more benefits than the indirect and direct costs associated with the certifications. For example, what is the cost to a company to send an employee on a 5-day training course versus having a 5-day downtime of servers and services? The answer is simple, the benefits always far outweighs the initial investment in your staff.

3: Increased Job Security and Productivity

Managers in hiring positions include having a certification as part of their hiring requirements. More than 50% of managers in IT hiring positions rate certifications as high value or extremely high value in terms of the validation of expertise and validation of skills of their candidates for jobs. They also place an emphasis on keeping skills and certifications current as the industry and demands in the business changes.

The main benefits to the company is a more productive IT team that has direct impact on employee productivity as well. The other benefit is that you have a reliable IT department that becomes an indispensable asset to the company’s operations.


4: Stand out from the crowd, be unique in your approach and skill set

Despite many other important qualities needed in IT staff such as dedication, perseverance an almost natural talent to troubleshoot problems and having the emotional intelligence to work under high-pressure scenarios, an employer will undoubtedly compare a candidate with various up to date Microsoft Certifications to a candidate with less certifications or none.

For a hiring manager the perceptions regarding certifications is that it shows a good work ethic and commitment from a perspective employee. It also shows that they are working in the company’s best interest by keeping their skills current to meet ever-changing demands. It makes it easier to place trust in an employee that has proven that they have the skills to do the job as well.

5: Certifications Increase Return on Investments, Improve Operations and promotes overall staff stability in terms of turnover

Most employees agree that if a company pays for their training and examinations they are likely to stay with a company, as it is mutually beneficial for both parties. The employee constantly gets to up skill and keep their certifications up to date, the employer has staff that is more productive and confident in their respective jobs, and roles that they need to perform.

Staff is also more likely to be promoted within the company and this leads to better job satisfaction. It also negates the feeling with IT staff that they need to find new work for a new challenge, this is dangerous as it often leads to frustration, disillusion towards the company or just staff burn out. All of which has the potential to cost the company in many ways.

Hiring new staff usually have a “teething period” so companies would love to keep their existing staff happy in a working system and promoting internally.


Whether you are a seasoned veteran in the industry needing to keep your skills and certifications up to date, or an IT professional whose career feels like it has stagnated in 2018, or you have recently entered the IT industry and would like your career to take off.  No matter where you are in your career, it is never too late to start or continue with your certifications.

Take advantage and come do the MCSA Server 2016 or MCSA SQL certification training. Already have the MCSA Server 2012, come and do the upgrade to Server 2016 course. Has your work recently started relying on Office 365 and the platforms it puts at the companies disposal? Well there is the MCSA Office 365 certification that can give you the skills to step up to the plate and move up within your organization.

Best part of it all is if your companies has Software Assurance Training Vouchers (SATV) you can use that for coming on training at ELMI.

Make your new year’s resolution one that is important for your future: Get Certified in 2019!


Take a look at the full range of ELMI Microsoft Certified Courses here.

In an ever-changing IT industry, the skills IT professionals need to do their job well are constantly evolving, and adding certifications to your business can be a critical component of success. According to CompTIA, “Organizations increasingly view certifications as an indicator of the qualification of their applicants when looking for the right candidate to fill their open positions.” In fact, 91% of hiring managers today believe that IT certifications are valuable in validating expertise, according to CompTIA’s Employer Perceptions of IT Training and Certification study.

Below are six more stats about CompTIA certified professionals that may surprise you:

1. They’re More Confident

 CompTIA Certified Employees Are More Confident

CompTIA Security+ certified professionals are 85% more likely to believe they have the knowledge and skills needed to successfully fulfill their jobs. When IT professionals are confident in their abilities, they are more likely to be forward thinking, proactively anticipate issues and solve problems before they impact performance.

2. They’re More Knowledgeable

CompTIA Certified Employees Are More Knowledgeable

CompTIA A+ and Security+ staff have more core domain knowledge than uncertified staff with the same amount of experience. In addition, CompTIA certified staff with less than 1 year of experience demonstrate even more domain knowledge than uncertified staff with 3 years experience. Experienced IT managers and CIOs rely on the validated knowledge of certifications to ensure their IT staff have the insight needed to make good decisions and perform essential tasks correctly.

3. They Reach Job Proficiency Quicker

CompTIA Certified Employees Reach Job Proficiency More Quickly

After 10 years of security experience, CompTIA Security+ certified staff have 20% more domain knowledge than those with the same experience but without a CompTIA certification. IT leaders face many challenges when hiring new employees. Of primary concern is how quickly new employees will become proficient in their roles.

4. They Retain More Information

CompTIA Certified Employees Retain their Knowledge

After 10 years of support experience, CompTIA A+ certified staff have 25% more domain knowledge than those with the same experience but without a CompTIA certification.

5. They’re More Reliable

CompTIA Certified Employees Are More Reliable

CompTIA certified professionals outperform those without certification in critical job-related activities up to 53%. CompTIA-certified IT employees generally provide better levels of performance across a range of activities compared with employees who have not achieved a CompTIA certification.

6. They Perform at a Higher Level

CompTIA Certified Employees Perform at a Higher Level

Without sufficient and ongoing training staff performance on key tasks consistently declines. In the IT support and IT security tasks measured, performance degraded by 25% over 4 years without ongoing training. However, IT staff maintain their higher levels of performance with on-going training and certification.



Some Closing Thoughts

CompTIA—one of the world’s leading associations representing the international technology community—has developed several specialized certifications that assure employers that prospective IT employees have solid foundation skills in PC maintenance, networking technology or security. CompTIA certifications signify that holders meet recognized standards for obtaining entry-level IT positions or advancing their IT careers. New Horizons provides students with CompTIA courses that will prepare them for any type of certification they may need to begin or further their career in the IT sector.

Learn More about ELMI’s CompTIA Certifications.


They’re the strangers that come in to fix employee problems and workplace issues; the faceless department upstairs in charge of morale and performance reviews. But they’re also the team taken for granted when the business is running smoothly, tirelessly working behind the scenes to hold the business together.

If a business is a machine, then human resources (HR) is the grease that keeps it well oiled. How an organisation manages its people has a strong bearing on how they view their work and their employer – which, in turn, affects their attitudes and productivity.

With a trend towards streamlined management and work practices, the last two decades have seen an explosion in HR as an industry and profession, with lots of jobs ripe for the picking for those with the aptitude and the qualifications.

Forget about having to be a ‘people’ person or a cold-hearted professional. Candidates for this field need to be energetic, patient, natural leaders, determined, open-minded and customer-focused.

With that in mind, here are five excellent reasons to consider making HR your vocation.

1. Opportunities

From WHS coordinator to talent manager, HR positions can be found across all industries, mainly in medium-to-large companies. If you want to work in-house, you’ll be able to have your pick of employer from private sector companies, including banks, retail, tourism, construction and law firms, to not-for-profits and government.

Some companies choose to outsource their HR processes, making HR and recruitment consultancies another big source of employment.

The industry encompasses everything from employment consulting to career counselling, job redesign, learning and development, and remuneration – so when we say there’s plenty of opportunity, we mean it!

And, once you’ve developed base knowledge in the industry, you can open your career up to specialising in niche areas and recruitment.

HR professionals also have great long-term job prospects.

2. HR is diverse and challenging

A lot of jobs fall under the umbrella of ‘human resources’. But a quick look at some of the roles and responsibilities involved in HR will tell you that it’s a multifaceted industry where you can work as either a generalist or a specialist in a specific area.

Your day-to-day tasks can take you from recruiting talented people, to facilitating training and development and changing management strategies. With HR such an expansive industry, the scope for career diversity and expansion is enormous.

Whatever your specific role, you will be integral in creating a positive, motivating work environment where staff morale is high and production is optimal, balancing the needs of employees and your organisation.

3. You play a vital role in the direction of an organisation

The effect of HR management on an organisation’s productiveness, efficiency and culture is often subtle, but can’t be overstated. Getting the right people into the business, training them and ensuring smooth communications and relationships all have a huge influence on a company’s success. If you get these things right, it will make the organisation one where quality people will want to work.

That means that as an HR professional, you’re in a position to make a real, palpable difference. You could change recruitment and training methods, create new communication channels, implement incentive strategies to drive good performance, facilitate close working relationships across the business, and boost productivity and profits by ensuring the well-being of your staff.

In other words, you can make a real difference.

4. It’s all about people

While HR does involve specialised knowledge about employment law, employee contracts and change management, when it comes down to it, HR is all about people.

In a recent overseas study, 34 per cent of people leave their job because they are bored; 32 per cent due to not being promoted; 27 per cent due to poor pay, and 25 per cent due to a poor work–life balance.

All these factors contribute to well-being, motivation and productivity – an employee will feel under-appreciated if looked over for promotion; feel unfairly treated if they’re paid less than they’re worth; under-motivated if not given responsibility and purpose, and disrespected if work demands overly impinge on their life.

HR is therefore about figuring out what makes people tick. Having an insight into what motivates people, their values and attitudes to work and management, all helps you design and implement the workplace systems that will be most effective.

And that can be challenging, because you’re dealing with distinct personalities with different approaches to challenges and problems.

So if you are a people person, there’s a good chance you’ll love your work and enjoy the challenges of dealing with different personalities. You’ll not just be helping the business; you’ll be driving improved well-being for its staff.

5. An HR qualification can take you beyond HR

HR has traditionally been a field that you can enter from other areas, such as management, administration, law and recruitment.

HR qualification will develop your fundamental HR skills and increase your chances of getting a job. Grasping the theories and methodologies of human resource management will help you then decide whether you’re more inclined to specialise or continue to hone your generalist skills.

These days there’s a creeping movement towards integrating an understanding of HR practices into management itself. HR knowledge, skills and qualifications are becoming transferable to other roles – not just those labelled as HR. If you’re looking for a career in management down the track, your experience and qualifications in HR are going to be valuable assets.

What else will help you?

If you’re thinking about going headfirst into an HR career, these are some useful attributes to possess:

  1. Tertiary qualifications in a relevant field, or equivalent experience
  2. An interest in the business you’re working within
  3. Solid computer skills (spreadsheets, graphs, word processing and data manipulation)
  4. Ability to manage a high volume of work and self-motivate
  5. Stellar organisational and analytical skills
  6. Strong written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to deal with people at all levels
  7. A good grasp of data entry, reporting and data management practices (which you’ll get with an HR course)
  8. Accounting skills (which you’ll also get with an HR course)

Interested in starting your career – take a look at ELMI’s HR Courses.

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