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“If you look out on the job boards, people do require certifications to get jobs — that hasn’t changed,” she said. “However, what is changing is the way we look at certification. It’s not just a thing you check off a checklist, but it really is a way to help you understand and develop your capabilities as you try to set your own personal goals. It helps you understand where you really are in your knowledge base of a particular applied technology.”
Moran, on the other hand, said that as a development tool, certifications are only as valuable as the experience that comes with them. Because so many people have become “paper tigers,” IT pros now have to distinguish their certification experience from that of their peers, he said.
“People have to be very careful to not flaunt that they have a certification but flaunt how their certification was put to use,” Moran said. “So, if they’re a Cisco Certified Engineer, [putting] that on their resume means nothing. But if they can follow it up and say, ‘Here’s where those skills have been applied to provide some value,’ then it’s a great feather in their cap.”
–Tegan Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org
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