Keeping Your Options Open: Always a Good Thing

I took and passed the Citrix 1Y0-300 exam today. That fulfills the upgrade path requirement to convert my Citrix Certified Enterprise Engineer (CCEE) certification to the new Citrix Certified Professional – Virtualization (CCP-V) certification. My current role doesn’t even involve working directly with Citrix products, so it would be reasonable to ask, “why bother upgrading a certification that doesn’t impact my current job?” I can think of some good reason.

  1. I put a lot of work into obtaining my CCEE. I had to pass 4 separate exams to achieve the CCEE, and I’m proud of the work I did. While my CCEE is valid until sometime in 2016, the single exam upgrade path Citrix provided to the new certification may be expiring on Nov 28 of 2014. I say may be expiring because the wording isn’t clear and I think Citrix may well extend the perceived deadline.
  2. I wanted to prove I could do it. My current boss doesn’t care one bit that I passed this exam and upgraded my Citrix certification, and that’s OK. I care, though, and I did it at least in part because I wanted to prove that even though I stepped away from building and maintaining Citrix systems last year, that my lab time and interest in the products were enough to keep my edge.
  3. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring. I like what I’m doing now. I like my team. I like my boss. I love working in higher education. I may stay where I am for a long time. But I simply do not know what the future holds. A little over a year ago, I left a job with a VAR working with a great team of guys, primarily because I got spooked as a new father at frequent travel away from my little boy. Funny thing is, since I work for a state-wide organization now, with offices in every county of the state, I do as much, if not more travel than I used to. But I’ve grown as a father just as my boy has grown into a toddler, and while I don’t relish being away from home, it doesn’t break my heart the way it did before.
  4. Nobody is responsible for keeping my skills up to date but me. If I want to keep my skills fresh, it’s up to me. I get to work with a lot of different technologies right now, but because we’re such a small IT shop, I don’t get to go as deep into some of them as I’d like. So work in my home lab and pouring time into Pluralsight courses are  ways I can learn new things and go deeper into them.

So that’s why I took this exam and upgraded my certification. I did it for me, if not for today, then for whatever may happen in the future.

This is post 17 in the #NaBloWriMo #vDM30in30 30 Day Blog Challenge

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