Testing Linux skills
nick at byu.edu
Mon Jan 16 14:17:39 MST 2006
On Monday 16 January 2006 01:55 pm, Steve wrote:
> Isn't there also like an RHCE or something he could take?
There are a few certifications out there that I've heard of that are linux
related. I have never read or taken a certification exam, so I have no
authority on the following. I'll share my mind anyways:
The feeling I've gotten about certifications in general (MCSE, Cisco, RHCE,
etc) is that they are more academic--they show that you can study material
and repeat it just like in school. While the information may be valuable and
the basic skills very useful in solving a majority of 'common' tasks, I still
don't think the certifications are nearly as valuable as improving your
resourcefulness, and doing so in a way that is demonstrable to (future)
employers (think projects and experience).
Sure, you may learn and master a set of material from a certification course,
but what happens as soon as something not covered in the course comes up?
Can you find the answers you need? Can you create a solution that hasn't
been handed to you in a cooked format? IMO, the amount of resourcefulness to
find answers and solve problems is largely what distinguishes people in our
Many of my employers couldn't care less that I did or didn't have a working
knowledge of the exact systems and tools that they used. The fact that I
could demonstrate my abilities to do similar things with other tools, and my
abilities to find answers to solve problems has been a huge factor in my
employment. I've never once been asked about any certifications.
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