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IT Certifications: 3 Ways To Judge Value
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Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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5/23/2014 | 9:19:28 AM
Re: Seems extensible
Lucius, Do you see employers willing to invest in keeping their employees' certs up to date, and in new certs? I was a bit surprised to see in our salary surveys how many IT people do get company-paid training. Maybe they do it on their own time, but at least it's not on their own dime. The downside from an employer's POV would be that these workers are then attractive to other employers, and job hopping is the best way to get a nice salary bump.
LuciusD110
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LuciusD110,
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5/23/2014 | 4:20:20 AM
Re: Seems extensible
I have a masters in computer science and have been doing these certifications for the last 30 years. I can tell you first hand that some of those certifications are way beyond what I went through in college - particularly the MCSD and MCSE. There are easy certs like A+ but the majority of them are not between HS and an associates degree in the technical arena. Employers want certifications more than general degrees. Technology changes every year - its the only way to keep up as fewer employers are willing to pay for in-house training and vendor classes.

I would hire a kid with a certification before I would ever hire someone with a business degree/MBA. The BA in business administration is the new high school diploma - everyone seems to have one. The MBA is now the equivalent of an associates degree. Without the technical training any general business degree is a worthless without the ability to understand the technology - it will get you a job at McDonalds but not Microsoft.
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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5/22/2014 | 11:51:57 AM
Seems extensible
As high school diplomas become increasingly worthless on their own, from a hiring perspective, employers have people coming in with certificates for everything from project management to HVAC -- this isn't just an IT issue. Seems like a standard way to rate extended ed that's in between HS and an Associate's is really valuable.


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