The Importance of Skills Training and Certifications

Acquiring even one or two certifications is always a step in the right direction, but several under your belt will show you’re committed to a career path and well versed in it.

As those certifications grow to require experience, they are more valuable and prove that you’re familiar with industry best practices and have worked in the field, especially if it’s one that has to be renewed or kept up to date.  

When you are considering skills training and/or gaining certification in a particular field, keep in mind the following benefits:

Helps earn credibility in your field or profession
Many industries seek, recognize and reward job candidates who possess training and certifications.

Creates potential for advancement
Training and certifications can put you in a position for promotion and increased earning potential.

Demonstrates your commitment to your profession
Refreshing skills and/or learning new techniques demonstrates continuous improvement and passion for your profession.

Separates you from your peers
Taking the extra step to gain a certification can help you get noticed among a sea of job candidates.

Builds confidence in your own knowledge of the profession
Knowing that you have been professionally trained leaves no room for doubt on job applications.

Think of all the possibilities! Don’t shy away or be afraid of skills training and certifications. At best, the experience can set you up for a successful career and happiness. And, at worst, the experience can set you up for something bigger and better in your career journey.

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For more information on how Goodwill is impacting the lives of others read our 2014 Annual Report.

About Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc.

For more than 55 years Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee has provided job training and job placement free of charge to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment through the sale of donated items. In 2014, Goodwill served 28,159 people in Middle and West Tennessee and placed 9.558 people in jobs. More information about Goodwill’s Career Solutions, retail stores and donation centers can be obtained online at or by calling 1-800-545-9231

Goodwill Career Solutions offers free computer classes and specific occupation skills classes such as digital literacy, healthcare, construction, forklift operation and more.  Learn more about Goodwill’s training and certification programs:

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