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By tom_housden2k8 ·
It would be interesting for me to find out how many readers agree or disagree on this (this comes after reading other discussions on certifications)

I started my computing career and training 17 days after I left school - 1 July 1996 - I did a 4 week Access to IT course, and then an NVQ Levels 1 and 2 in IT. After leaving, I started a computer course in 1998. About 3 days into it, I gave up - not because I wasn't interested, but because I didn't like the programming aspect of the course! I thought and thought - I want to work in this business, but how am I going to do it without certifications or experience? Then I had a thought - maybe I can go along to the IT department and see if I can gain work experience with them. They agreed on 6 months initially. 1999, 2000, 2001 came, was still there. In 2001, my then boss (who wasn't interested in me doing any on-the-job training| left. My new boss was. So in 2002, I started an NVQ Level 3 in Installing and Supporting IT Systems, whilst working with them.

The experience that I gained from working with the IT guys was A LOT more valuable to me than doing the course that I started. That, mixed with the NVQ, was a very good way of learning.

I left in 2004, and throughout the time I was at college and since then as well, I've been maintaining and troubleshooting computers, and set up my own business.

Just goes to show that 6 years of working in a big IT department is much better (for me anyway) than taking expensive courses (too much for the self-employed anyway). Some of my clients say I'm actually better than leading computer stores!

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by tryan In reply to Certifications?

Certifications certainly aren't meant to be a replacement for experience. They are just a way to benchmark a person's understanding of a certain aspect of an O/S, app, or whatever the certification is for. You can't compare 6 years of experience to a 1 week course. Then again if you are capable of passing a certification test with only taking the 1 week course it shows a certain level of understanding of the material. You wouldn't be able to put someone with no IT experience into the Redhat course and have them pass the RHCE.

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