Industry demands individuals with 'Technical Know How' and there are couple of ways to attain technical prowess.
1. Learn on the job-> Best way is to build expertise while on project. Many might not get an opportunity to do so with majority still at the verge of embracing cloud. Under circumstances option 2 is the only means
2. Certification -> This is a great means to demonstrate readiness and expertise on a subject.
I had the opportunity to prepare and did take up certification last week. While the outcome was positive (aka Pass :-)), what makes me feel good is about the overall prep work that went behind.
Few tips that you can consider while you prepare for any certification
- Plan your time for prep and don't rush in
- Feel good about the stuff you know and comfort level you have on the subject rather than the outcome being positive
Clearing a certification is a big confidence booster, but clearing an 'exam somehow' should not be the intent.
End of the day, what is valued more is the knowledge you posses and certification is just a stamp to indicate that you know the subject. How much and to what depth is in your own hands...
Visit this URL for more details on Azure Certification -> https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/azure-training.aspx