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Old 03-03-2014, 07:29 AM   #1
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Hello, I started a career in IT about 20 years ago with a computer science degree. I worked in various startups but the last 10-12 years I've only peripherally done IT work. I currently have a freelance gig that sometimes includes such work--i.e., I just set up a Mac Lab. So, some of my skills are stale, some are a little more polished.

My question is, if I want to start getting back into IT more, how valuable do employers view certifications today? When I started 20 years ago, they didn't really exist.

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Certs are designed to backup your experience level. If you certify to your experience level then certs are looked on with good favour. But if you certify beyond your experience level then you would have issues.
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GBL is spot on. Certifications should reflect your experience level. Employers no longer hire solely on the basis of certification alone. Certification PLUS experience, however, is looked upon favorably by many employers. Still, some employers couldn't care less about certification.

Is it worth doing? Yep, absolutely, provided you also have the experience. Anything that sets yourself ahead of the competition is worth doing.
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