I am currently in the process of getting my Microsoft Certification mainly because I was told I should. I have started the process 3 times previously in my career but quickly “fell of the wagon” due to priorities I deemed more important such as bringing you this awesome blog content . I guess I have never really placed a lot of importance in certifications and figured that my past work/reputation are enough. Anyone can pass a test with enough memorization of content, but not everyone can deliver quality software applications.
My thoughts on certification
- I have never lost an opportunity as a consultant because I was not certified.
- Certification is beneficial to new grads/ new entries in the software development work force.
- Experience and proven track record should far out way a certification.
- The content, at least in Microsoft exams, does not reflect the world.
- You should be reimbursed for your time and fees should be covered by your employer and /or a comparable bonus should be awarded.
So, the point of this post, other than to get something out quick so I can get back to studying for said certification exam 1, is to ask a few questions to you my loyal audience.
- Are you certified in any technology/methodology/software practice?
- If you are certified:
- What are you certified in?
- Why did you get certified?
- Did the content you study reflect the real world?
- Did you ever lose an opportunity prior to certification because you where not certified?
- Since becoming certified have you gotten an opportunity because you are certified?
- Did your employer provide compensation/bonus for becoming certified?
- What have you gained by becoming certified?
- Was it worth it?
- If you are not certified:
- Why aren’t you?
I would love to hear what everyone has to say on this. Thanks for your time.