A common complaint about vendor certifications is that they don’t prepare you for the real world.
Well of course not.
Neither did high school or college. And thinking about it, my University education wasn’t much better.
When I entered the workforce I still had a lot to learn. But then, I still have a lot to learn today.
But I am better off for High School/College/University which learned me how to learn.
If I lived my life over and didn’t go to school or university that it’s possible that might be doing what I’m doing now. But I’m much more likely to be successful because I went through a structured learning process.
Learning isn’t hard. But you can do it better by practising the learning process. Secondly, you can learn better when you have a knowledge base on which to build. Advanced knowledge is only learned once basic knowledge is mastered.
Learning is learning itself, mastery is the outcome of learning enough to be recognised as good enough.
(If I had more learning, I probably would have written that last sentence better).