Originally Posted by mayorredbeard
The guy who got me the job works two buildings down from me, and has 3 different kinds of certification.
That's the key- the guy who got you the job. In this business, you can know people and get very far. Where does that leave the rest of us? Working our a** off (censored myself
). Sounds like you have a great job- I wish we all could be so lucky- but that's not likely. I'm not knocking you- I'm happy for you. I understand you're young, and you probably think it's not a big deal to have the job you got.
Most jobs I have applied for, aren't worried about certifications- their worried about experience. Every "entry level" job I've applied for has one item that says: Minimum 5 years experience. WTF? For entry level? This is my dilema. I don't "know" a guy that could get me a job making that much- I have to play ball with the "cut-throats". And that's not easy.
I don't want to scare anyone away from Information Technology, I'm just giving you an example of what it's like for me- and what I've seen.
The bottom line- A+ is a stepping stone. Don't stop their. The more you know, the more valuable you are to the company that hires you. To me, a certification is proof that you passed a test- not proof that you know what you're doing. Companies want proof- and a certification looks good on the resume- but what if they give you a hands on interview, by putting a computer in front of you, give a brief description of the problem, and tell you that you have 10 minutes to figure out the problem correctly, and the recommendations to resolve it. I had an interview for a job like that. I worked their for a year, until something better came along.