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Why Will ‘Only Degree Holders’ Eat their Humble Pie?
Professional credentials and certifications are—most probably—nowhere as important to professional growth and development as they are now in the Human Resources and Talent Management space. However, there are some valid reasons behind it. Reports of the Bureau of Labor Statistics project that the job prospect for HR managers will see an almost 9 percent growth over the period between 2014 and 2024—faster than the usual growth rate of other occupations. Adding to it is the growing war for talent, fast-paced globalization, and the emergence of HR leaders as business partners are slowly but surely bringing a shift to the corporate paradigm. These factors are ultimately compelling companies worldwide to scramble up and strengthen their HR/talent team. Against this backdrop, it seems that a simple college or university degree/diploma falls short of providing HR professionals the ‘much-needed wind’ beneath their wings. Here the edge now stems out only (and only) from good HR certification courses alone!
As opined by veteran HR and talent management professionals, HR certifications can provide this much-needed professional credibility and expertise than any college or university degree/diploma. Further, they help broaden up various advancement opportunities for talent management professionals. In terms of employers’ perspective, most of blue-chip companies prefer recruiting certified HR candidates, while some positions specifically demand HR certification.
For professionals—especially for newbies—having an HR certification is no longer an option. It’s a must! Because certifications enhance the probability of professionals success and testify to a professional’s broader scope of knowledge in this field.
In her article, ‘When a Degree Is Just the Beginning,’ Goldie Blumenstyk predicts a “downright quaint” in the age-old idea related to students earning only a diploma—one single credential—while graduating from college. She strongly advocates that nowadays employers demand something more. She also points out that several universities—even community colleges—are persuading students to get certifications simultaneously while completing their respective courses.
Jamie P. Merisotis, President at Lumina Foundation, also sheds light on the importance of various non-degree credentials and postsecondary certificates—several of which anre being provided by third-party companies, employers, and other bodies these days. According to Merisotis, they have much-needed value not only to students and employers, but also to the society at large.
Indeed, the potential for certified HR and talent management professionals are immense…now and in the times to come as well! If some leading reports revolving around trends in the HR and talent management space are to be believed, the large-scale use of various skill-based HR certifications and credentials are very much likely to change the game in the qualifications and criteria required by talent professionals. They have the potential to close the prevailing skills gap in organizations’ talent department. And most importantly, they are good enough to provide students with a better return on their study.
CSW—Corporation for a Skilled Workforce—in its report titled “Making a Market for Competency-Based Credentials”—has mentioned that earlier, employees, students, and employers used their respective academic diplomas and degrees like a “proxy” for various knowledge and skills required to perform their jobs. However, time has come to complement this practice, thanks to the mounting interest in various competency-centric credentials. It is no less true that top-notch skill-based credentialing in the HR and talent management space can offer more insights into a professional’s proficiencies.
So, long live HR certifications…long live forward-looking HR and talent management professionals. The coming time will see certified HR professionals thriving ahead, while “only degree holders” will have no alternative but to eat their humble pie. Decide now which category you would like to fall in.
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