General discussion on certifications not mentioned in sub-boards of the main categories below.
I am 12 years working in IT and I have debated for years whether to go "get" certifications. An interesting point that helped sway me away, was from a friend who was a Director of Networking/Telecomm of a large university. His response was that when he sees a resume with 15 certifications, he tosses it because he wonders how much time the candidate will be spending of his time and money to get the next certification, instead of adding value to his team and environment.
It's a valid thought and a different pespective for others to think about.
wget wrote:I agree with experience and college education is king.
I think a Computer Science degree (or Engineering) will give the proper foundation and then experience really puts a person head and shoulders above the others.
Overall, I think certifications can allow a hiring manager to gauge a candidates capabilities a little bit. It provides a front line screen. Yet, it is still the repsonibility of that manager to hire someone qualified, and good interview questions can reveal a persons capabilities very quickly. Experience ends up being king in my book.
a traditional degree doesn't add much value in IT work environment, unless its at very tech focused place
eRiCtHyReD wrote:a traditional degree doesn't add much value in IT work environment, unless its at very tech focused place
Well, just ask your HR how much more would you earn if you would have a Master Degree.
A lot of companies offer their packages depending on your studies and not necessarily on your certs or even experience. Studies prove that you should be able to overcome challenges and that you are able to commit for a long term.
oleDB wrote:Also most companies don't just give you a raise when you get a degree. You either have to campaign for it, or leave to get any kind of reward. From their point of view, they already have you. Its sad that most companies don't care about retaining good employees. Kind of the same philosophy as customers. They just want new ones, fuck the existing ones. Which is retarded considering the cost to add new customers.
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