We recently caught up with Andrew Nash, Principal Systems Engineer, to hear about his training and certification experience with Nutanix University. Check out his full interview below and watch the video to learn how getting certified has helped his career and the advice he has for you if you’re considering getting certified.
Can you tell us about your Nutanix certifications?
I’ve taken a few Nutanix certifications over the years. I started with the Nutanix Certified Associate (NCA) and the Nutanix Certified Professional – Multicloud Infrastructure (NCP-MCI) certifications. Then I went on to take NCP’s in End User Computing, Database Automation and Unified Storage. I really like the beta program. It's a chance to take a beta exam and see if you can maybe ace that subject and help design the exam.
Tell us about your training and certification experience through Nutanix University
It's a really great platform. The training courses are tailored to the subjects, so you know you're going to start watching that training course and by the end of the training course, you are proficient in that subject.
There are practice exams in Nutanix University that I really like. So before you take an exam, you can go and practice it and make sure that you are comfortable with the material that you're going to get asked. I think that's a really important part of what a study program is, to take practice exams and nail those down.
Every time they bring out a new exam, there's always a good course to go with it. There's no struggle finding material. And if you study the material, you know you will meet the exam criteria to the letter.
How has getting certified benefitted your career?
Certification is very important to my career. It shows you are proficient in the subject, you know that subject well enough to take an exam and pass it, which is really helpful. Employers really like it, so it's important to keep up to date, which is why I always try to keep my certification up to date, from Nutanix and other vendors. It proves that you're still current.
How do you prepare for a certification exam?
When I'm studying for a Nutanix exam, I like to start the course on Nutanix University, and then I'll take a practice exam and just see how I score. Depending on my success or failure of that practice exam, I'll go on to either revise or just go and take the exam based from there. It's very important to nail the practice exams because you never know, one of those questions might be in the exam.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering getting certified?
If I had any advice to give people about certification it is just always try it. Always go for it. When you are just starting out in a career, it's really important to have certification because that stands your CV out from the crowd. But similarly, when you're experienced, being up-to-date, it's also important. It shows you're not being left behind. So I think that certification is really important.
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This article was written by Karlie Beil, Customer Marketing Specialist.
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