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PluralSight has come recommendations, but I want to know what YOU think. I am not here to advertise for PluralSight and, besides, I do not agree with what they recommend since I have never heard of some of the technologies that they mention.
For fun, I have had a look at what Plural Site and Udemy has to offer. I ran a search on Udemy for "Certification" There seems to be a lot of practice certicationi exams for "Scrun Master". I did not konw that was even a thing. Is it?
Speaking of Udemy: maybe I should just take a few corses there and put on my resume that I took the course. I wonder if Udemy offers some sort of verification that one takes a course.
IMHO, technology certifications (and often CS degrees) aren't worth the paper they're printed on. What matters is your ability to do the job. I've encountered holders of MS CS degrees and Certified Microsoft Developers who couldn't solve whiteboard programming problems during in-person interviews. It's quite depressing.
I'm a big fan of Pluralsight, but simply as a way to help increase my knowledge. The real benefit comes from applying that new found knowledge to building meaningful apps. IMHO, you should focus on that instead of garnering certifications. Trust me, they don't mean squat in the real world.
Yeah, formal training is useless. When I go to the doctor, or a surgeon for an operation, I couldn't care less if they have a medical degree and years of formal training. As long as they've checked it up on wikipedia it's fine by me.
Certs don't mean sh*t in the real world. All they show is that you can "talk the talk". But can you "walk the walk"?
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As per the consensus here, "certifications" are generally pretty meaningless. What you need is evidence that you bring value to the projects you work on. But beyond that, the certifications that might be useful for you depend on very much what you do, where you are, and who you want to work for. Some employers (the un-enlightened ones) may have a checklist, as may their recruitment agents. Find out what's on the list, get the cert, tick the box. Then go and show them whether you're any good. If you're working as a freelancer, who do you want to work for? If working for small businesses, most of their decision makers will have no technical background and being a "Certified Scrum Master" will just make them think you play rugby every weekend. Conversely if you want to get a gig with a national defense agency you'll need to prove your knowledge in, say, safety-critical realtime missile control systems.
If you don't know who your "target" is, you won't even know if you've hit it. Research your market and find out what they want, not what we think is good.
All that said, if you're dead-set on getting some certifications, probably the most recognised and respected (depending of course on WHAT it is you do) then Microsoft certifications are probably the ones to go for. Not easy or cheap to get (some of them, anyway) but that's rather the point and why they can be useful.
Take a step back and ask yourself "why" you want any certifications, then think about "what" certifications are relevant, then "who" can provide them.
As most people seem to agree, I don't certifications will help in any role on a day to day basis. They are only worth while to get you past the first hurdle of the CV scan by a potential employer and get you to a face to face interview.
I have difficulty finding jobs despite having these certs. My advice is only to pursue certs if it is in your strong interest or intrinsic motivation to improve/enhance your knowledge in that area. Salary does not usually commensurate with certs. Hiring manager is more concerned whether you are able to do the job. Of course, during the final stage of hiring and the selection comes down to 2 similarly experienced candidates, the one with cert will win out.
None, waste of time. Just get a job. There's so many jobs out there for programmers you don't have time to waste on certifications, diplomas or the like. If you're not making over 100k after 2 years then you're not cut out for this work. O:
I have to disagree with most of the people when they say a cert is useless. I've landed 2 or 3 jobs because I had a Microsoft cert. A lot of people are predicting that Data Science and AI are the best certs to have for 2020 job search. Good luck buddy.
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