Shelter-in-place orders have changed, postponed, and cancelled plans worldwide. These circumstances can be a particularly challenging time for students looking for jobs and internships. 

Instead of worrying about a gap in your resume, now’s the perfect time to pursue a certification.  We asked iSchool faculty to share their best recommendations for certifications, specializations, and courses that students can take now and over the summer. Here’s what they said. 

Library Science

Arrangement & Description Certificate

Recommended by Jian Qin, Professor and Director of the Library and InformationScience program

Digital Archives Specialist Certificate 

Recommended by Jian Qin, Professor and Director of the Library and InformationScience program

Disaster Information Specialist Program

Recommended by Beth Patin, Assistant Professor

Foundational Skills

Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Foundation Certification

Recommended by Jeff Fouts, Assistant Director of Career Services

Project Management Institute

Recommended by John Stinnett, Senior Adjunct Professor; Mark Borte, Senior Adjunct Professor; Jamie Stewart, Senior Adjunct Professor

Hiring managers often look for PMI certifications because they complement technical certifications. These certifications can be taken online, rather than a testing center, and the training typically takes two days. For CAPM, the iSchool offers exam preparation courses every semester.

Security and Privacy

CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional)

Recommended by Daniel Smith, Adjunct Professor

CISSP is needed for most government and private sector IT and cyber positions.

CompTIA Security+

Recommended by Dave Molta, Associate Professor of Practice

Security+ addresses risk management and security policy, which are non-technical topics that security professionals need to understand. Additionally, the iSchool offers exam preparation courses for Security+ each semester.

International Association of Privacy Professionals

Recommended by Keith Clayton, Adjunct Professor

IAPP certifications have no prerequisites and offer specialties in regulations, policy, technology, or compliance management.

Red Hat Certified Systems Administrator (RHCSA)

Recommended by Daniel Smith, Adjunct Professor

Data and Analytics

Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) certification

Recommended by Jason Dedrick, Professor 

Excel MOS Certification

Recommended by Jeff Fouts

The Excel Training and Certification Program is free to all students, faculty and staff of the iSchool.

Facebook for Business 200-101: Facebook Certified Marketing Science Professional

Recommended by Jason Ryan, Adjunct Professor

This certification focuses on data, insight, and measurement, making it perfect for iSchool students.

Google Analytics Courses 

Recommended by Jason Ryan

International Institute of Business Analysis 

Recommended by Gregory Zink, Adjunct Professor

Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Fundamentals

Recommended by Raj Dewan, Dean of the School of Information Studies

Tableau Certifications

Recommended by Raj Dewan

Networking and Cloud

Amazon and AWS Certifications

Recommended by Jeff Fouts; Radhika Garg, Assistant Professor; Lee McKnight, Associate Professor; Carlos Caicedo, Associate Professor 

According to Lee McKnight, “If an iSchool student even just states on their resume they are working on (an AWS) certification, they will be noticed.”

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

Recommended by Jeff Fouts

Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect

Recommended by Jeff Fouts

Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamentals

Recommended by Lee McKnight, Associate Professor

This is the first in Microsoft’s Azure certifications. Students who want to learn beyond the basics can pursue Azure Data or Azure AI. 

We want to hear from you! If you have any suggestions and recommendations on certifications relevant to iSchool students, let us know in the comments below.

by Jessica Zuk