You may not know that November is Career Development Month, but I have it marked on my calendar. Why? Because my team and I are constantly focused on customer success, and that means ensuring that employees from organizations worldwide are given opportunities to further their career and gain the skills they need to achieve their goals.
So, while career development is top of mind, I’d like to take a moment to highlight some of our initiatives to make Okta’s training and certification process more accessible than ever and help our entire customer community achieve success year-round.
A more flexible way to train
Every year at our Oktane conference, we offer workshops, training sessions, and examinations designed to help professionals hone their expertise. However, we know that not everyone has a chance to attend Oktane.
That’s why I’m excited to announce our new Okta Training Units — a new, flexible way to buy Okta Education Services offerings. With Okta Training Units, employers can purchase a number of training opportunities for their team to redeem at their convenience. Whether upskilling an existing employee or training a new one, it’s completely up to them to decide the knowledge and skills they’d like to prioritize and develop. You’ve told us that you’d like our training to be more adaptable, and we’re thrilled that we can deliver.
Whether in a classroom or online, the courses we provide are immersive, hands-on, and prepare students with best practices they can immediately apply. A majority of professionals who deploy Okta solutions agree that it’s better to begin their training long before their projects launch rather than waiting until their projects are already underway. Now, you can start your training whenever it works best for you, and equip your team with the vital information and practices they need to take on upcoming projects. Also, as Okta certifications gain traction in the job market, you can showcase your skills through our digital badge program to help signal to the industry and prospective employers.
Have a look below to see what people are saying about when to enroll:
Knowledge is power—when it’s easy to find
Relevant, regularly updated resources are crucial for effective learning. That’s why we’re proud to announce our new and improved Okta Help Center. Not only is the interface easier to navigate, but we’ve also created a library of over 20 New Feature Training videos, so you can tune in at any time to engage virtually with our in-house identity experts. New titles will be published every quarter. Together with our expert podcasts, this provides our customers with a wealth of learning resources that can be accessed at any time.
You’ve also let us know that you want a more predictable release schedule, and an easier way to keep up with new releases. We addressed this by moving all our major releases to a monthly rollout rate, meaning we now have a consistent release calendar that makes it easier than ever to keep up with the latest training materials. It’s simple to find release updates — just search via the Okta Help Center.
Best practice makes perfect
We heard that you’re constantly looking for more best practices that will allow you to apply Okta solutions as effectively and efficiently as possible. That’s why our Okta courses have hands-on lab environments, so that you can practice as you learn. We’ll also be broadcasting a brand new webinar in December on Okta Lifecycle Management to share best practices for adoption and implementation.
I hope you’ll take advantage of these initiatives as you continue down your path of career development. If you’d like some help getting started, send us a note and we’ll tailor a training plan that fits best for you and your team.