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The downside of Certification.

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by hbroomhall, May 1, 2006.

  1. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

    Just spotted this from a link on another board.

    A study suggests that some certs are not getting paid better than non-certs.

    The problem I always find with these 'news releases' that 1) Nobody remembers them for more than a few days and 2) another study soon emerges which says the opposite!

    Certifications: ECDL A+ Network+ i-Net+
    WIP: Server+
  2. simongrahamuk
    Honorary Member

    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

    There are times when a cert simply doesn't teach you the skills needed to do a job, in these cases its the experience factor that results in the job and the bigger pay packet.

    Interesting read Harry! 8)
  3. JonnyMX

    JonnyMX Petabyte Poster

    It's a tough one.
    A cert alone isn't a guarantee of a high salary.

    I see certification as very much a personal thing. They don't affect the job I do for my company - I do that anyway. I they choose to reward me for it all the better.

    But with certification, I have proved to myself and my peers that I know what I'm talking about. Which is handy when they don't usually understand what you're saying.

    It depends on the industry that you work for I suppose. Many people will be faced with the attitude 'An MCP? Wow! Now can you fix my printer or not?'
    Certifications: MCT, MCTS, i-Net+, CIW CI, Prince2, MSP, MCSD
  4. wagnerk
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    I agree with both Jonny & Simon,

    Certs don't guarantee you a job or a higher salary, however they do make you more marketable for a job.

    Article was a good read though.

    Certifications: CITP, PGCert, BSc, HNC, LCGI, PTLLS, MCT, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, MCSA:M, MCSA, MCDST, MCP, MTA, MCAS, MOS (Master), A+, N+, S+, ACA, VCA, etc... & 2nd Degree Black Belt
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  5. zimbo
    Honorary Member

    zimbo Petabyte Poster

    isnt that what the linux job market is all about? skills and not certs? :blink
    Certifications: B.Sc, MCDST & MCSA
    WIP: M.Sc - Computer Forensics
  6. Sparky
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    Sparky Zettabyte Poster Moderator

    There are many factors to consider to be honest. I remember around the .com boom time and almost anyone could get a job in IT as the training was provided, how things have changed now.

    Also if you’re a sub-contacted IT support person being certified can help when you are competing with other companies for a contract. 8)
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  7. Keimos

    Keimos Byte Poster

    Hi hbroomhall,

    Statistics, right but also wrong.

    People without Certs but with proven experience and able to to other jobs, that are valuable to the company will always get bigger pay rises. Statistics can be read as you want to read them.

    IT Certifications only prove that you can use that product/application and are only intended as such. They do not prove how much experience you have, whether you are a nice guy or gal.

    There are certs that are so called vendo neutral but thay are intended for newbies and are treated as such but it all comes down each peson as an individual as to who and what they are etc.

    Articles are opinions, not gospel.

    Certifications: Microsoft Office Specialist
  8. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

    I am well aware of that! :biggrin If you read the next sentence from my posting you will realize that I wasn't investing the article with any great gospel-like authority!

    I just thought it was interesting and relevant to this place.

    Certifications: ECDL A+ Network+ i-Net+
    WIP: Server+
  9. Sandy

    Sandy Ex-Member

    A cert is prof that you can do a job to a certain level. Some non cert people are miles better that cert people and vice versa...

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