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Certs to get lvl 1 IT jobs?

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by Gunner81, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. Gunner81

    Gunner81 Bit Poster

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    Maybe its too soon to say, but I seem to have realized. For a level 1 IT service desk role certifications are not really required. They probably are good for getting interviews and a person does gain a lot of knowledge. But for the actual role are they really required.

    I know it might depend on the kind of role but a person can really pick up on AD, troubleshooting network issues or microsoft office products and remote desktop or assistance on the jobs itself. Do others think the same? I have been in the role for only 2 months thats the reason I was saying, maybe its too soon to say...
     
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    WIP: Network+, MCITP
  2. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    As I always say, certification is generally there to prove your ability, not as a way to get your first job. Well done for realising that :)
     
    Certifications: CNA | CNE | CCNA | MCP | MCP+I | MCSE NT4 | MCSA 2003 | Security+ | MCSA:S 2003 | MCSE:S 2003 | MCTS:SCCM 2007 | MCTS:Win 7 | MCITP:EDA7 | MCITP:SA | MCITP:EA | MCTS:Hyper-V | VCP 4 | ITIL v3 Foundation | VCP 5 DCV | VCP 5 Cloud | VCP6 NV | VCP6 DCV | VCAP 5.5 DCA
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  3. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

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    Doing the training, labs and studying is generally a good thing, actual certification (taking the test) doesn't add that much on top, there are lots of ways to prove competency that many employers prefer to certification :-

    1. Interviews
    2. Evaluation / Trail Period
    3. Pre-Interview Tests
    4. References
    5. Portfolios / Blog's / Demo's
    6. Academic qualifications
    etc

    So yes its more than possible to train and be competent without certification and most people have been doing this for decades.
     
  4. Beerbaron

    Beerbaron Megabyte Poster

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    Certs look good to HR folk who know little about IT.
     
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    WIP: CISSP

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