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Have your IT certifications paid themselves off?

Discussion in 'Polling Station' started by SimonV, Jun 27, 2012.

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Have your IT certifications paid themselves off?

  1. Yes, by a considerable amount.

    27 vote(s)
    48.2%
  2. Yes, but only by a small amount.

    18 vote(s)
    32.1%
  3. Not quite, but almost.

    2 vote(s)
    3.6%
  4. No, not even close.

    9 vote(s)
    16.1%
  1. SimonV

    SimonV Petabyte Poster Administrator

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    Have your IT certifications paid themselves off? Did they produce the value that beats their initial expense?

    This is an anonymous poll, your name wont be revealed in the results.
     
    Certifications: MOS Master 2003, CompTIA A+, MCSA:M, MCSE
    WIP: Keeping CF Alive...
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  2. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

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    Is hard to say for me, changing jobs made the real difference for me and the knowledge from certification helped, not sure how important the actual exams and paperwork were in landing that job however, I may have got it without certification.
     
    Certifications: CITP, BSc, HND, SCJP, SCJD, SCWCD, SCBCD, SCEA, N+, Sec+, Proj+, Server+, Linux+, MCTS, MCPD, MCSA, MCITP, CCDH
  3. Boffy

    Boffy Megabyte Poster

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    Just saying I was studying for the A+ got me my second IT job, along with a 7k pay rise :D
     
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  4. Beerbaron

    Beerbaron Megabyte Poster

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    They have definitely helped when looking for new jobs. The early MS certs was more having the certificate to prove what I already knew. I found more employers were interested in talking about my computer forensics masters whether is was relevant to the job or not.
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), MSc, ITIL v3F, MCP, MCDST, MCITP: edst7, MCTS, MCSA: Server 2003, MCSA: Windows 7, N+, NVQ IT lvl 3, MCSA Windows 7, VCP5, CCENT, CEH
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  5. Monkeychops

    Monkeychops Kilobyte Poster

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    Changing jobs has always given the biggest rises without question, but my ability to change to the better paid jobs is likely helped massively by the certifications I have.

    Even though I haven't had to fund any of them myself they have more than paid for themselves.
     
  6. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    I'd say my Certifications have more than paid for themselves in terms of wages earned going down my chosen career path. I have had some luck with my job moves that have enabled me to get where I want to be. It also helped that I knew what kind of work I wanted to do, helping me plan my certifications in advance. I'm am a fan of the saying "speculate to accumulate" :)
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV
  7. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    Absolutely, if I hadn't invested in myself no one else would have done. Having certifications helps to show not only my abilities but also my willingness to learn (with the exception of my SCCM courses I have paid for all of my training for about the last 11 years and that can get quite expensive).

    However like I keep reminding people, certification isn't the be all and end all to getting jobs, it's all about the experience you can bring to the role and having certifications in no way guarantees your abilities beyond being able to pass an exam.
     
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  8. shadowwebs

    shadowwebs Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Lucky man, I told my employer that I was studying the A+ and they merely said "good luck", I then told them when I had become certified and I was lucky when I received a "well done"... no hope of job progression, and no hope of pay increase.
     
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  9. BraderzTheDog

    BraderzTheDog Kilobyte Poster

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    Certainly, for me its all about a balance. Experience along with a cert that proves you know your area of expertise!
     
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  10. JonnyMX

    JonnyMX Petabyte Poster

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    That's actually a really hard question to answer.
    I would generally say yes, but not directly, if that makes sense.

    I don't think I have ever applied for, or got, a job purely based on any of my certifications.
    However, I do feel that they reflect my experience and history within the industry.
    If anything, I keep them fairly low profile as I feel that my actual work history is more of a testament to my ability than what certs I have.

    On the whole though, I certainly don't feel out of pocket. I've been fortunate that many employers have paid for my certifications, or I have done betas or whatever.

    But I've got a litter of bits and pieces, which suits me. I think if I had spent three years of my life and many thousands of pound pursuing an MCSE then I may not feel too flush. Hard to say.
     
    Certifications: MCT, MCTS, i-Net+, CIW CI, Prince2, MSP, MCSD
  11. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    That GNVQ Wicker Basket making, level 2, must be pretty hard to justify about now tho mate surely.....?
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV
  12. algorithm&blues

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    I'd say it didn't help me when I was at my old company. I'd tell my manager every time I passed a new exam etc, and aside from the obligatory "well done" it didn't really stretch beyond that.

    However, when I applied for a new job a few months later - the new company really sat up and took interest and actually said it was my certs that got me out of "the pile" pre-interview.
     
  13. wagnerk
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    Same here :)
     
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  14. JonnyMX

    JonnyMX Petabyte Poster

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    You'd be amazed.
    If you can show that you've mastered the cross weave rim the your world's your lobster.
     
    Certifications: MCT, MCTS, i-Net+, CIW CI, Prince2, MSP, MCSD
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  15. Sparky
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    I think so, when I passed the MCSE I was offered more £££....
     
    Certifications: MSc MCSE MCSA:M MCSA:S MCITP:EA MCTS(x5) Security+ Network+ A+
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  16. shadowwebs

    shadowwebs Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Should the A+ by itself have proven to give me better salary expectations? as somewhere down the line it has not.
     
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  17. Notes_Bloke

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    Absolutely.

    I took a gamble with shelling out the cash for my initial certs, but I doubt I would have managed to get on the 'IT ladder' without them.

    NB
     
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  18. Monkeychops

    Monkeychops Kilobyte Poster

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    Personal opinion, no not really as it's more of an entry level cert so I wouldn't be expecting it to help massively in boosting salary, it's more there to help you get that first job.
     
  19. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

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    Certs don't generally get you the job or a pay rise, your skills and experience do that.

    They are just additional CV fodder.
     
    Certifications: CITP, BSc, HND, SCJP, SCJD, SCWCD, SCBCD, SCEA, N+, Sec+, Proj+, Server+, Linux+, MCTS, MCPD, MCSA, MCITP, CCDH
  20. Jaron78

    Jaron78 Megabyte Poster

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    Yes, 100%.
    CompTIA A+, MCP and to a small extent the ECDL.

    They showed my employers that I wanted to learn, and had the desire as well.
     

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