Posted by: Jay Dugan
For some time there has been a debate going on whether an IT certification or a degree in IT is more important. There are good points to be made by both sides.
The pro cert folks point out that technology changes too rapidly for a degree to be relevant. By the time you finish school, technology has changed. I experienced this first hand. When I started in college Windows 2000 was the operating system. Then XP Pro and Windows Server 2003 came along as well as a number of other technology changes.
The proponents of getting a college degree say that it shows a level of commitment and follow through. They also argue that a college degree exposes you to other areas of intellectual pursuit. In addition to my IT studies, I took some business and science courses and yes, even some humanities courses along the way to earning my degree.
My opinion is that both certifications and a degree are important. I used my IT certifications to land my first IT job but it was my degree that gave me the skills to advance in IT.
In today’s economy, employers will be looking for the best and the brightest with both IT certifications and a college degree.