On the Certification Debate

Grant Fritchey has thoughts on certifications:

However, you frequently see people, usually the ones with 47 certificates, going on and on about how, just one more cert, just one more, this time, I’ll get the job I want.

Nope.

Let me break the news. Experience, a proven track record, and knowledge are what get you jobs. And yes, I understand, how do you get experience without first getting a job? That is indeed the hurdle. I’m just telling you that certifications are not the rocket in your bottom that will throw you over that hurdle.

Also connections (which Grant also points out in the post which you should read). Connections land many more jobs than certifications. Most certifications are as much noise as signal, which greatly dilutes the value of the thing. Once again I lament the loss of the MCM, one of the few certifications with a near-zero percent noise rate due to how difficult it was and how many things you needed to understand to get past it. But even with it, experience and networking will get you much further.

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