IT Certifications get No Respect Anymore?
An interesting article got pubbed in InfoWorld last week saying that IT cerfications are starting to become less and less relevant to employers and just may not be worth your time anymore. I've been working in IT for more then 10 years, and having no official IT certifications has never prevented me from getting a job, and has never even affected my salary whatsoever. Experience and a good head on your shoulders will always be more important on the field of action then having theoretical knowledge and a piece of paper saying you passed a series of exams. I've known a lot of people who had an MCSE and couldn't even restore a crashed exchange server, set up an AD domain or even configure a Cisco PIX firewall properly.
Are certified IT jobs just becoming more of a commodity, facing stiffer offshore competition? Are certifications becoming less relevant because anybody can go to Google and get themselves a minitutorial on almost any tech topic, any time? Or as Foote Partners CEO David Foote suggests, have enterprise employers simply refocused their priorities on “niche,” noncertified skills such as applications and Web or e-commerce development?
So, what are your thoughts on this issue?