|What Should you Really
Expect when you have a Certification and No Experience?
and junior colleges are doing a disservice when they lure students
in with the promise of a high paying career in computers once you
become certified. Unless you are very determined and eat, breathe
and sleep computers, a certification is only going to compliment
your eagerness--a certification is not enough on its own. When
trying to fill a position a network manager or IS Director is always
looking for experience. Experience is product knowledge and what
typically remains after you achieve a certification is nothing more
than a product overview. Iíve helped many people become certified
in either Microsoft products or Cisco, and some scored perfect 1000
scores, but retained so very little after the certification was over
that they couldnít perform the simplest of task. The reason for
this, I think, is because when you are in test taking mode, itís
garbage in garbage out and then moves on to the next test.
I must have received a
thousand e-mails from an article I wrote last year called Paper
Tigers, where I talked about giving paper MCSEís a chance.
Most of those e-mail where from networkers complaining about
MCSEís with no experience coming into the company with attitudes,
expecting high salaries and lacked to simplest of abilities. Another
complaint was from those that have been working in the field for
years without an MCSE finding they have to compete for jobs with
those that have never even held a computer job, and being past over.
And of course sadly, I also received more e-mails with resumes
I'm not suggesting that
if you have no experience that you should give up and not even look
for a job. In fact, the first network administrators job that I got,
I didnít know what the hell I was doing. But I learned fast, and
studied everything that I could get my hands on. I remember going
into the menís room with a book so often to look something up,
that people where starting to suspect I have a bladder problem, or
worst. I think the point that Iím trying to make is; a
certification if for your resume. Experience and knowledge is what
you must work for after you get the job. As any computer person will
tell you; the program is constantly changing and you never stop
Experience is all those
times you looked down in the corner of your monitor and realized
that it's 2AM and you've been working the last seven hours, not for
this job, but for your next.