Certification for enjoyment

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  1. Rob1234

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    Has anyone ever done a certification just for fun and the enjoyment of it and with no other objective? If so what cert was it?
     
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    OSCP, mostly I just do training and not certification, other stuff I learned mostly for fun:

    CUDA
    68000 and 8086 assembler
    Scala
    Python
    R
    Apache Spark
    Bioinformatics
    Mathematics
    Options Trading
    Economics
    SysInternals

    I feel studying towards exams takes a lot of the enjoyment out of learning, generally I prefer not to do exams. I think a lot of the learning comes from exploration and doing things, so homework is maybe ok but exams no. The more creative and enjoyable the better, computer based exams don't do that.

    I have taken 70+ exams in my life, so I have certainly tried that approach. The value of exams was always as a benchmark of your expertise that was less likely to be fraudulent, fraud is emdemic in certifications. Its therefore a pointless endevour.

    People should look at experience and references for hiring decisions.
     
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    Good question. I once did a pen testing certification called Certified Penetration Testing Specialist by mile2. For a time I was determined to become a pen tester, don’t ask me why.

    I never used or needed it in work but as you’d imagine. It was a lot of fun and when googling to see if this is still a thing (it is), I saw that Comptia do a Pen Test+ cert! That might need to be done for fun next
     
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    PADI SCUBA certifications (Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver)
    TKD - certified instructor
     
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    Awesome work on the diving. It’s so mad, I remember when you first started TKD. I’m guessing are you second Dan or something now?
     
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  6. Jaron78

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    Yup, I done the MS Azure Foundation for fun just to get an idea of MS Azure. Not a bad little exam to be honest.
    As an added bonus, work payed for it when I passed.
     
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    I think it’s important to ask work if they will find some or all of your IT certification journey. Often they just say sure. Why didn’t you ask before ha ha
     
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    Exactly, never any harm in asking!
     
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