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What Matters... Degree or Certification ???

  1. khmohsin profile image61
    khmohsinposted 6 years ago

    Some people say degree matters, Some say certification matters more...
    What actually matters more...?
    If I have Masters degree, is it necessary to get certification for good job?

    1. TheGlassSpider profile image81
      TheGlassSpiderposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Depends on the field. In the field I'm entering I'll have to have both a Master's degree as well as a license, then individual certs for various activities...What field are you interested in?

    2. psycheskinner profile image81
      psycheskinnerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I am not 100% sure what you need by certification, but generally to get certified in a profession you need a relevant degree.

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      nancywaldenposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Well, it depends on your profession. Certifications are mandatory for certain professions, while for others they are a way to complement your education. A case in point is a computer degree. While certifications can by no means equal the extent of knowledge imparted by computer degrees, they do enhance your know how about certain technologies and improve your job prospects.

  2. Pearldiver profile image88
    Pearldiverposted 6 years ago

    I don't have any Formal Education... I lived on a small island and had to learn by radio and life observation.

    A piece of paper doesn't sum up a person... it is their ability to embrace what they do and to improve on that.

    In my life, I have (As the Boss) fired many people who have hidden behind a piece of paper and felt that they were superior to others who were far more superior when it came to life skills. Most simply didn't or couldn't perform.

    To me... Nothing beats practical experience... if you can support your qualifications with Real life skills then you should do well.  Always reinvent yourself and your skills as you can achieve anything if you back yourself.

    Bon Chance mon ami.

    1. johnsams profile image60
      johnsamsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I totally agree with Pearldiver.

    2. psycheskinner profile image81
      psycheskinnerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I think OP is asking about getting a job that requires  qualifications, not being a good person.

    3. Rafini profile image85
      Rafiniposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Wow, it would be nice if the world thought this way but it doesn't.  An education is more valued than natural talent.

  3. lxxy profile image61
    lxxyposted 6 years ago

    Practical experience trumps all else. Otherwise, certifications are useful. You're not bogged down by learning a skill set that has very little to do with the knowledge you're trying to acquire.

    1. psycheskinner profile image81
      psycheskinnerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Unless you want to be, for an example, work a veterinarian, doctor, lawyer or psychologist--where practicing without certification is illegal.

  4. waynet profile image47
    waynetposted 6 years ago

    I have no degree, but I am a certfiable loony! does that count!

    Actually doing the job and knowing what you are on about is king! who needs degrees, especially when they don't guarantee you a job!

    1. TheGlassSpider profile image81
      TheGlassSpiderposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      While I agree that life experience and personal work ethic are extremely important, and that in some cases having a degree means very little, it is still the case that certain fields require, by law, the earning of a degree and certain certs.

      1. easybusinesslinks profile image60
        easybusinesslinksposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Obviously certain health and safety requirements must be adhered to when it is required by law, but I'd much rather do my own thing and find my own path, because I did the university route over 10 years ago and it didn't do me one bit of good at all, even when I attained my degrees in illustration and that ended up being nearly six years in total all seemingly wasted.

        But yes you are right about the law of certain jobs, I was meaning more general jobs that aren't required by law, degrees are useless in most cases, as some employers do say, you are over qualified, whatever that means!?.

        Oops I've posted in my other account...cheeky!

  5. TheGlassSpider profile image81
    TheGlassSpiderposted 6 years ago

    I never pursued my education for the sole purpose of getting a job, so I suppose that's where we differ.

    To me the purpose of education and a degree is personal edification. I can create my own job if I want, and I have (at the moment, I'm a freelance writer/editor - I intend to merge the counseling and writing). Learning is never useless.

    Best of luck to you and your career and life path! Shaantih.

    1. easybusinesslinks profile image60
      easybusinesslinksposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Learning isn't useless, but I prefer to learn stuff on my own, without the need to have a degree that won't back me up in the future.

      1. TheGlassSpider profile image81
        TheGlassSpiderposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        You said: "I did the university route over 10 years ago and it didn't do me one bit of good at all, even when I attained my degrees in illustration and that ended up being nearly six years in total all seemingly wasted." Forgive me if that seemed to imply that you felt that the time was useless.

        I've never come across this problem of the degrees I have not backing me up. I'm sorry that's been your experience.

        I can think of all kinds of things you could do with a degree in illustration - including working ON YOUR OWN from home.

        If that's not working for you, then as I asked before: What are you interested in doing?

        1. easybusinesslinks profile image60
          easybusinesslinksposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          It will be working for me quite soon, once I build up something worthwhile online, at least that's the plan! been stung by scams like anyone that promised earning and things like that.

          Of course I learned tons of stuff to do with illustration, but what would have been better if a business course came with it, but that would have meant another 2 years and I couldn't afford to spend time on it after spending 6 years learning.

          I do not mean to offend anyone who is currently doing a degree to better their life, it's their choice after all, it just didn't work out for me like I expected, I suppose I had unrealistic expectations from it and I still can't let it go, the 6 years was split between learning some fantastic illustration techniques, but no proper guidance on using the knowledge that you attain when you leave university.

          I know my future lies online with art/drawing and affiliate marketing, so who knows what will happen?!!

 
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