Are there any Standards or Certificates that Students can earn to Demonstrate their Coding Skills?
Written by Ucode Research on September 06, 2019
There are many standards
and certificates available to students that can be of huge benefit to their
employability. The most easily accessible of these are self-paced online programs with pre-curated courses. Such courses are provided
to the consumer at a low price point (or even free) and often come with a
hidden cost for the associated certificate. The objective is for free and
low-priced mass content delivery and certifications are usually not recognized
as pertinent on a resume. Examples include most popular open online
coursecertifications such as Coursera
online course certificates, EDX etc.
Instructor-led online programs are by far the best form
of online training available. The environment is similar to that of a classroom
and is led by an instructor in real-time. The advantage to this style of
learning is that courses are tailored to the students skill level.Though these
are usually not free and can be quite costly, they provide personal attention
that is invaluable to the learning process. Often these courses require a final
examination and provide some degree of certification or qualification, though
the value of this will largely be determined by the reputation of the vendor.
Finally, dedicated certification programs are
usually generated by big players in a particular industry and define the talent
threshold they prefer on hiring. Many companies such as Microsoft have since
made a business model from this. These programs hold credibility in the
industry but as the company usually does not partake in training these
generally require a lot of effort and self discipline. Examples include
certifications like CCNA, RHEL etc.
Software is a skills-based industry, and job interview
candidates will typically be required to complete a technical exam to
demonstrate their coding ability. Degrees, certifications and other credentials
are often of lesser priority and are dismissed in favor of practical ability to
code. Students should keep this in mind – the best approach is to keep their
coding skills sharp through regular practice, by engaging in challenges and
developing personal projects.