On Certifications

--Originally published at tc2027 – Ce qui est chouette

Do I really have to take an exam? But I already know this, can’t you just ask me some questions to test me? These are some of the questions one may be thinking when the topic of IT Certifications comes up. In this post I’ll try to put forth both sides of the argument regarding this topic, I’ll link some resources at the end so you can read more about the topic.

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Exams by Leonora Giovanazzi on Flickr under a CC License.

We don’t need certifications

Certifications have shown to work well on industries like engineering, where one can specialize and get certified for various aspects of civil engineering, while another might go for the electrical engineering route. Both can go their merry way getting certified on bridge-building or electrical systems—I think at this point, its evident that my sources of information about these careers are limited to college brochures—because no one would expect an electrical engineer to build a bridge, and he might not be that excited about it, either. But in the software industries, areas do get intertwined, so perhaps certifications aren’t meant for us.

Experience in multiple areas is a plus, it’s an asset that can come in handy in attacking a problem from several angles. For industries like engineering, most things are set in stone, but software is in constant evolution, a certification you might get today may be obsolete come next year; at that rate, is it really worth the time and money required? Some may argue that a certification just means you’re good at passing tests—sidenote: that’s an issue I personally have with the way some companies handle job interviews.

On the other hand. . .

Some employers do look at certifications as a measure of quality and commitment to the area. Certifications serve Continue reading "On Certifications"