Those who know me know that I am proud of my long list of Magento 2 certifications. For me, M2 certs are very important. As a self-taught developer working for a highly-respected Global Elite Magento agency, skill validation is a crucial selling point. It isn’t just a crucial selling point for clients, it is also an important tool for selling myself internally, within the company. Additionally, it provides me with a deep level of personal satisfaction. The fact that I have been able to self-educate to a level of specific expertise is something I do not take for granted.
My First Magento Certification
For years, I freelanced, building Magento extensions and performing development tasks for any client I could find. At some point in time, my wife and I decided to purchase a house. I was nervous because my income wasn’t stable and it wasn’t that high. After moving in and paying the mortgage for a few months, I realized I needed to put myself out there and see if I could find an actual job. I loved working on Magento websites and I was getting better day by day.
A small, but reputable, Magento agency in NYC granted me an interview. I went to the interview and everything seemed just perfect. I demonstrated some of my work in the form of code samples and extension reviews. My interviewers and I got along famously. However, there was a catch. I was offered the position conditionally. What was the condition? Well, I had to get Magento 1 certified. This particular agency made it a part of their client contract that they would only supply Magento certified developers.
A Life-Changing Experience
After my interview and my conditional offer of employment, I had exactly three days to go from zero to Magento certified. I had not previously done any preparation for certification. In fact, I didn’t even know it existed. For three very long days, I studied as though my life depended on it. I needed this job so very much. For what must have been eighteen hours per day, I crammed and crammed and crammed. Nothing was going to stand in my way, it was too important.
Finally, the sun rose and it was exam day. Anxious and nervous, I arrived at the testing center scared yet determined. I was escorted into a small room with several computers and a proctor. I started the test and with each question presented to me, I was so sure of the answer. My nerves subsided and I became more comfortable. Once the test was finished, I was astounded. I passed with 97%! I could not believe it. The simultaneous feeling of joy and relief was so great. I had gotten the job that I so badly needed. I was officially a professional developer of the Magento e-commerce platform.
The Benefits of Studying for Certification
Fast forward to present day, I am now well-established as a pro at what I do. I am a Magento Technical Architect at one of the world’s largest Magento agencies. Nowadays, nobody demands that I keep up with the certifications. I really do it because I just love the validation of my self-taught skill set. This is a dream career for me. The work is extremely enjoyable, always interesting, and the income is both stable and generous.
Currently, I have all of the Magento 2 certifications except for the Cloud Certification. Honestly, I am getting a little sad that I’ve only got one test left to take. One fantastic side-effect of studying for Magento certification is that you force yourself to become a better developer. When I study the platform for a test, I dive deep into parts of the platform I may never touch or rarely touch. Studying these areas only serves to provide deeper understanding of the platform and a new set of ideas for the next complex task to fall in my lap.
There are so many reasons to get certified on the Magento 2 platform. Whether for personal satisfaction or to instill confidence in clients or to make yourself more employable, getting certified is extremely beneficial.