Your instructor should give you guys a demonstration of all of the process used today and you will be drawn to one, start there.
Getting your certification is a good step but be aware that you may still need to do test plates.
There are many certifications in different areas, I believe they have value, they can be more important that a carrier already, but take something in consideration, certifications usually has a expired date, so, there are two goals you pursue with a certification, one is actually learn, in that case does not matter because you need the knowledge, that is always important and always a good inversion in you self. The other goal is to add them to your CV to look for a specific job, in that case, be aware of the expires date.
In the IT area, Amazon, Microsoft and Google offer important and great CV competencies certifications, look for them in their web pages.