||Sep. 24th, 2005 10:46 pm|
Tech OD moment here - I'm sitting on the tube listening to the In The Trenches podcast... Which is talking about certifications. Have any of you ever taken any IT industry certs? What methods did you use? And what do people generally think of such certs?
I suppose selling my soul to Bill Gates might qualify as industry certs?
MCP on the way to MCSA 2003 / Small Business Specialist / Microsoft Certified Partner (not quite needed a cert to get it, but became one through a cert).
What method? Other than pay and go on courses, take exams etc?
As to what I think - I'd like to think / hope that it gives me some cred to be a Network admin for a Microsoft NOS based network.
I know MCSE's of old were ten a penny, but 2003's aren't the same case for sure!
I have a relevant degree, never done any training for the skills I currently have, and the first question the interviewer for my job (I start on Monday!) was: where are your professional qualifications?
I answered that I didn't want to be pidgeonholed as a 'such and such' or a 'so and so'. Seemed to do the trick.
They will want me to take exams to justify pay scale increases though..
It Depends. Basically, certs get you past some HR twits and recruiters. The Sun certs taught me stuff (their courses are good, if so expensive you'd never pay for them yourself) but are of only moderate use in getting my CV attended to. I understand Cisco certs are gold, if you want to be a network admin (but the good ones are, again, expensive) — but the combination of Unix sysadmin, programmer and network admin would be remarkably bankable.