Some of the smartest people I know…
Some of the smartest people I know are ranting that certification doesn’t prove the person is worthy. Well, of course it doesn’t. No certification does that.
It only says you’ve met the requirements for the certificate.
Of course, they really know that. So I don’t know why they’re making such a fuss.
A number of them have made public statements that they discriminate against people who hold certifications. That really saddens me.
It’s true that I’ve found a pretty strong inverse correlation between collecting certifications and ability to do the work. I’m not sure I ever found a job applicant with Certified Java Programmer on their resume who passed muster when I asked them to write some code. I am sure that I gave everyone an equal chance.
The skills to do well at collecting certifications and the skills to do well at the work are different things. But having a certification is no indication of incompetence. I have a CSM certification. I also have an MS in Computer Science. I don’t make a big deal of either one, and the classes I took for them pale in comparision to all the other things I’ve learned. But I also learned valuable things while qualifying for both of those certifications.
I don’t collect certificates, but I do have a few. I got the MSCS to give me credentials for work I was already doing. Sometimes it counted against me in job interviews that my degree was in English.
Well, I’m here to tell you today that things I learned getting that English degree have been a great help in my career of software development. There’s more similarity between a good essay and a good program than you might imagine.
And while neither my MSCS nor my CSM have opened any doors for me to my knowledge, neither should they count against me. I implore my bigoted friends who see certification as a blot on a person’s character to reconsider.