We all know having a certification means you’ve excelled in something. Certifications in today’s world can range from anything in the digital realm to hands-on learning like automotive repair and healthcare, or even something as simple as babysitting. Fact is, someone, can get certified in just about anything, it just depends on what you’re looking for. Some of the different types of certifications include Human Resources, Networks, Sales, Project Management, and specialized Software and Administrator certifications, to name a few. Today, Gregory Michael Steinberg talks about what certification means to an employer and why it might be important for someone to get a certificate in their chosen profession.
“Let’s all imagine for a moment you own a business, and you’re hiring,” Gregory begins. “You’ve narrowed the prospective applicants down to two, and you’re trying to decide which is the best applicant for the job.” Gregory Michael Steinberg of Austin, Texas says if all else is the same, having a certification in an area that’s important to your business is going to be what pushes one candidate ahead of the other. “That’s probably the biggest reason I like certifications,” he says. “It really gives someone an edge up.”
Gregory Michael Steinberg believes having a certificate in your chosen field usually means that the individual has superior knowledge. Gregory says it shows that one has focused down to a particular niche and has passed at least minimum standards to become certified. “That’s not to say that certification means everything,” he adds quickly. “I’ve seen quite a few extremely qualified folks who had no certificates at all, he says. “But I’ve seen more who do have it and say it’s worth it,” he says.
One big benefit of having a certification in your field is that you’ll earn more money in the long run. Gregory Michael Steinberg of Austin, Texas points out an article on the financial website Moneywise. “This article shows that having the right certification can boost your income by 50% or more,” he says. In fact, the job-search website Monster reports that some of the highest differences in pay between being certified and not being certified can occur in occupations such as actuaries, where the difference could be as much as 75%. Some other occupations where you’d definitely want a certificate would be welding, health and safety coordinator, logistics coordinator, school psychologist, and automotive shop foreman, he adds.
“Another reason I like certifications is that it shows dedication in the person receiving it,” Gregory says. It takes time to go through specialized training to get certified, no matter what it is, he adds. This says to employers that instead of watching TV or hanging out with friends, the individual has spent time improving his or her career skills. “It’s similar to how most employers feel about a college degree, he points out — sometimes it’s not so much about the degree itself as it is that the person made a commitment and stuck to it.” It shows dedication and perseverance depending on the subject matter, he adds, and that’s something employers want to see in a candidate. “It’s definitely worth the added effort to get it,” he says.
Gregory Michael Steinberg of Austin, Texas is a certified program architect and consultant who has worked with several high-profile clients. He loves helping businesses grow and embrace today’s new digital economy by creating better website user experiences with optimized performances, reduced business operational costs, improved corporate compliance, and better overall productivity. Gregory Michael Steinberg has 2 master’s degrees, one being an MBA from the Tuck School of Business, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics from Bucknell University.
Soccer is the most popular sport in the world, did you know there are also mental health benefits? Gregory Michael Steinberg discusses advantages of playing soccer.
We all know soccer (also called football in many other countries) is the most popular sport in the world. There’s no question it’s good for our physical health and fitness and well as building our strength and endurance. But did you know there are also hidden mental health benefits to playing soccer? Gregory Michael Steinberg discusses some of the hidden advantages of playing soccer as it relates to your mental well-being.
The most obvious advantage soccer has towards improving mental health is that it improves your general health. “It’s all connected,” Gregory says. Since soccer is a game in which players use their legs, torso, and head to maneuver the ball and score goals, the average player can get quite the workout. And everybody knows when you improve your general health, it also affects your brain’s health. “However, the health benefits go way beyond this, and it’s more complex than most people realize,” he adds.
Probably the most important way soccer improves mental health is through teamwork. Team members on average tend to be more confident and more cooperative overall. In fact, a special issue of American Psychologist entitled The Science of Teamwork includes 20 articles from various professionals demonstrating the importance of teamwork in a wide variety of settings. The article looks at the theory, research, and applications of team science. There is a now a science behind it, says Suzanne Bell, PhD, an associate professor DePaul University in Chicago.
Gregory Michael Steinberg says that these studies show when players come together to achieve a common goal, a type of synergist effect is reached. An increase in skills like concentration and self-discipline occurs. Gregory says that individual sports activities can do this also, but within a team, the synergistic effect occurs. This enables the team to achieve a greater outcome than if the participants worked alone. He mentions the team-building projects the military uses as just one example.
Other benefits of participating in team efforts include the increase in chemicals the brain releases, like endorphins, when engaging in physical activity. The endorphins are a natural painkiller, Gregory adds. These chemicals help you feel happier and more relaxed. This, in turn, helps in building relationships within the team which contribute to the overall team performance. In addition, participating in sports like soccer contributes to a good night’s sleep which also reduces stress. With regular physical activity, panic attacks are decreased, and chronic anxiety is lessened which is also great contributor to better mental health.
“It’s not just your physical well-being that changes,” he says. “And I’m sure we’ll learn more as more studies are done.”
Gregory Michael Steinberg is a previous division 1 soccer player who loves to talk about sports. By day, he is a certified program architect and consultant who loves helping businesses grow. He has 2 master’s degrees, one being an MBA from the Tuck School of Business, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics from Bucknell University.