Which IT Certifications Do You Have?
Had a chat with a young college graduate recently who asked if certs were valuable. My answer was "it depends". They don't hurt, but any manager would rather hire someone with experience who wasn't certified vs. someone who was. But if you want to demonstrate you have basic knowledge or are switching/entering fields, they can make sense. Sometimes they're a nice add-on...for example, if you're a Linux guy and you get a CCNA or CCNP.
OTOH, I got three Oracle certs and later found the exact questions and answers online (dumps). As in, "here's a .PDF with the entire question bank and correct answer indicated". Literally, a child could memorize the answers, go take the exams, and be certified. And I've interviewed more than one person who has a cert that didn't really know much about the technology they were allegedly certified in.
There are a few out there that require actual hands-on demonstration of skill, where they put you in a lab and say "fix it". RedHat's RHCE, Oracle Certified Master (for DBAs), and Cisco CCIE all do this. Not surprisingly, these are the most valuable certs.
My perception is that they're more common on the admin side as opposed to the development side, though there are some dev certs as well.
So...which certs do you have? Any you're studying for? And why?
For LET support, please visit the support desk.