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Re: Bah Humbug [Was Re: [SLUG] Linux Certification]
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- Subject: Re: Bah Humbug [Was Re: [SLUG] Linux Certification]
- From: Craige McWhirter <craigem@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed Aug 23 12:08:11 2000
Just reading my email it seemed quite arrogant - arrogance is a killer.
Arrogance/cockyness will never get you a job, Be open, relax and be
yourself. Open in personality as well as systems ;)
Craige McWhirter wrote:
> I wasn't too sure about sending this but here's my 2c worth anyway:
> 1. - Choosing interesting work is more important than the dollars you
> 2. - You can earn 6 figure salaries with no more formal training than
> the HSC.
> 3. - 2 usually follows because of 1.
> 4. - You can get the most interesting jobs with no more formal training
> than the HSC.
> 4. - Currently it's a sellers market, you're selling.
> 5. - 42
> 6. - More money doesn't equal job/life satisfaction (or is that just
> repeating 1?)
> Like Umar said, cert's only help you with your first job. Even then,
> they aren't *really* any help. You'll get more entry level jobs with
> pure enthusiasm, displaying a willingness to learn and adapt to new
> Self education shows drive, dedication and other buzz words that Dilbert
> style managers (80%+) are easily impressed with. They think they can get
> an equally skilled person for a few bob less, so they choose you. Work
> there a while, get the experience and move on to more money elsewhere,
> if that's what your after.
> Again experience > certification. Don't get certified on Linux or
> anything. Play with it till you break it then fix it. The tougher you do
> it, the more you'll learn.
> You work towards your dream job. Only freaks get it first up.
> Umar Goldeli wrote:
> > Please excuse me, I think I just threw up...
> > I can't believe people actually waste precious oxygen doing an MCSE.
> > Although, a handy hint for anyone thinking about wasting money on certs:
> > it will get you into your *first* job. After that, nobody really cares
> > about your certs - only that your resume is 23 pages long and says that
> > you have been in the industry for 823 years and that you know 43
> > languages, and you have worked for multinational companies A through to Z.
> > In fact, after a while they don't even care about what skills you have,
> > but which places you've worked, how much you were last paid, how much you
> > want now and roughly what you last did. This is after you build up some
> > rapport with the pimps that look after your niche of the market
> > (security? net design? coding? coffee making?)
> > (so it is in the lucrative Meat Market(tm) anyway)
> > //umar.
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