IT Certifications Around the World - Differences in Numbers and Popularity - Slide 9

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The ITIL is a certification widely in demand in Europe, Canada and to a lesser extent, Asia. But for some reason, this cert gets little attention in the United States. For those unfamiliar with the ITIL certification, it’s named after the IT service process methodology. ITIL helps delivery of IT services in the most efficient manner. Similar to Prince2, the ITIL cert is developed by the UK’s Office of Government Commerce.

How do you and your list of certifications stack up in other countries? Do you know what you’re missing if you want to be valuable in Seoul or London? How are Americans and their training perceived elsewhere? If you ever want to live overseas, these are questions you have to ask. There are enough (bad) excuses to not move abroad – don’t let your professional training be another.   

Jeff Parker takes a look at several well-known certifications in this slideshow. Some are vendor specific, e.g., Microsoft and Cisco. Some are by discipline, e.g., information security and project management. The point, Parker advises, is to be aware. Open your global mind, so you can make a smarter decision toward the next certification. You may be surprised, relieved or even impressed with yourself! And if you work it right, you can jump several steps in your career at once.

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