Are Certifications Worth It?
You scan the available certifications and wonder, "Are They Really Worth the Trouble?"
Some coworkers complain that too many certifications only demonstrate test-taking skills. Others complain that it's hard to get folks to agree to best practices when so many people are self-taught.
I have a few certifications. I worked very hard for them. I'm thinking of some more. Will they be worth it?
Aside from the personal feeling of achievement, what compells people to get a specific certification? Is frequent mention on the job boards a valid reason for a certification?
Do they really help you do your job better? One cert I have tested me on the interface of the admin tool, a tool that has changed quite a bit. Was that a valid test?
Do employers reckon you're more promoteable and hireable with a certification? Do technical certs really pay off or just trap you into midnight support calls, while Gary Goodhair sleeps and dreams of his next Powerpoint presentation, a pollyanna polyglot of positive placement of processes? What did I just say? I don't know, but then again, neither does Gary...
There's a lot to consider. In the space below, discuss your experiences with certifications and with those who have or don't have certs. Are they worth it?
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