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Discussion on: I.T. Certifications

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Alyss 💜

The easiest way to determine the value of a given certification:

  • Use google to do a site search "" on job listing sites with a certification name in your query
  • Attend networking events, connect on linkedin, and see what others are certified in (who have already landed jobs you want)

Some certifications do open up new opportunities like Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) has more value then Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). CISSP is definitely worth the time when you paired with a genuine interest to excel in the InfoSec field, but that is in part due to 0% unemployment in the CyberSecurity.

There's no one answer fits all. Some certificates provide value to you but not as much to your resume. That doesn't mean they can't get you a job. You could ace an interview with the knowledge you learned in such a course.

Soft Skills: The Software Developer's Life Manual has a good section on creating a learning plan that may contain the best advice. Plan what you want to learn and how that will further your goals. Don't chase certificates because of their token value unless they further your learning plan and career goals.