Choose the Right Credential for You
Once you know your future career requirements, you can research and choose which type of education or training best matches your career goal and personal situation. One of the smartest things to consider is what credentials you will earn as they will open the door to the specific jobs and career pathway of greatest interest.
Credentials encompass educational certificates, degrees, certifications, and government-issued licenses. A micro-credential is an assessment of a specific competency. They create an opportunity for educators to demonstrate their knowledge and skills.
To find out more about credentials, visit https://techcred.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/techcred/resources/faq/credentials-faq/credentials-faq.
CERTIFICATES AND DEGREES
High School Degree
High schools can connect students to programs that provide a view into the world of IT. Many of these programs include exciting hands-on experiences and field trips.
Certificates are granted by career centers and colleges after completion of a six-month to one-year course study for specific occupations. Some certificates can be counted toward a higher degree, but this is not always the case. Depending on the job, career pathway, company and industry, certifications can have a major positive impact on your employability and career advancement.
Higher Education Degrees
If you want to position yourself for a lifelong career with advancement potential, security and higher salaries in IT, the best pathway is a college degree. While there are jobs for high school graduates, there are many more opportunities for you if you do have an associates or bachelor’s degree.
Associate Degrees are granted by colleges after students satisfactorily complete two-year, full-time programs of required college-level courses or their part-time equivalent.
Bachelor’s Degrees are granted by universities or colleges after students have satisfactorily completed four-year, full-time programs of required courses or their part-time equivalent.
Advanced Degrees – Master’s, doctorate, or professional degrees – are earned after Bachelor’s degrees, taking at least an additional two years for full-time students to complete.
OTHER TYPES OF CREDENTIALS
Certifications are earned by individuals who pass a standardized assessment that recognizes an individual’s knowledge, skill, or competency in a particular specialty. Employers can sometimes require certifications, based on the employee’s responsibilities and the nature of the work being performed. Depending on the job, career pathway, company and industry, certifications can have a major positive impact on your employability and career advancement.
Programs such as workshops, seminars, bootcamps or courses that improve skills for professional development generally do not offer credit toward an academic degree. Some programs offer fast-track or accelerated options.
Learn more about on-the-job training.