[TriLUG] Career planning - certs(?)
jim at neuse.net
Tue Sep 23 21:43:18 EDT 2008
It is more important for a person to like what they do than to have
industry experience and certifications. Why? Because the person will be
happy and enjoy the day's work.
There is a big difference between a person that looks forward to 5 PM on
Friday and a person that looks forward to 8 AM on Monday.
Of course, having all is wonderful, too. The person I hired 3 years ago
for VP of Tech Ops has MCSE, CCNA, A+ and Citrix certs et al plus
experience at IBM Global Services and is a former Army Ranger in Special
However, I also hired a person that had no certs and no experience yet
liked the field. I do not bar employment from those without certs and
Jim Ray, MCSE
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From: trilug-bounces at trilug.org [mailto:trilug-bounces at trilug.org] On
Behalf Of Phillip Rhodes
Sent: Tuesday, September 23, 2008 5:17 PM
To: Triangle Linux Users Group General Discussion
Subject: Re: [TriLUG] Career planning - certs(?)
Jim Ray wrote:
> I'll take someone that has an interest and a good home network over a
> person with experience in the field and alphabet soup after their name
> any day. If you do not tell the prospect, the prospect might not know.
And what about somebody with all three? I think a lot of people, in
discussions such as this, mistakenly setup a false dichotomy and assume
that having (a) certification(s) means the candidate is not interested,
passionate, blah, etc. In actuality, there's no (particular) reason a
person who's passionate about software, sysadmin'ing and OSS might not
spend time working on their home network, AND pursue certifications that
they think will advance their career.
Certifications aren't evil, they just aren't a panacea. They are just
one - out of MANY - criteria that a potential employer might look at
when evaluating a new-hire.
Rhodes for NC Lieutenant Governor 2008
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