Myths

      • You need a four-year degree in computer science to get into Information Technology.
      • You need a technical degree to get an entry-level tech support job.
      • The things you need to know to excel in a technology job are only taught in college.
      • IT hiring managers care more about your educational credentials than anything else.

 

Yes, you do not need any special degree or certification to work in IT.  But, don't get me wrong. Education and certifications are important and having them are significant.  When I looked for candidates for my business or help desk positions, I would inquire about their education. I would also ask for proof of their qualifications.  I look at their experience also.  Even if they didn’t have the education or qualifications, experience was important to me.

To be honest, I sometimes wish I acquired a certification in Information Technology and project management, But I missed the opportunity because certifications just weren’t offered when I started working in those industries.  I started my career before the technology surge but embraced it when it became available.  Certification requirements came much later.  I was already deep into implementations and deployment of systems just as the development and use of IT brought about changes in education.  In many of my projects and positions, it was assumed I was certified because of my knowledge and management abilities in those business areas.

In the last 25 years I managed over 20 logistic projects, managed help desks at various levels, installed and configured IT and security equipment for Government agencies, DoD, and civilian hospitals.

I have been called upon many times to take possession of failing projects to bring them back in scope and to meet the objectives within the schedule and cost.

I taught classes to certified technicians to prepare them for help desk duties!  My favorite words are, “they never taught us that.”

I mentored and trained subordinate Business Analyst and peer Project Managers to prepare them for Project Management certifications. I never got training or took the test.

Since 1998, I succeeded in every project I was responsible for.  There were failures and problems that needed a little more attention, no one is perfect, but I never had a project fail (well, except for one).

Yet, I’m having a hard time finding work because I don’t have a certifications.

Did you know,

A certification is a third-party attestation of an individual's level of knowledge or proficiency in a certain industry or profession. They are granted by authorities in the field, such as professional societies succe and universities, or by private certificate-granting agencies.

I should have documented my project management methodology and sell it as a certified system.

I got a provisional patent once . . .

 

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