mac at macnewbold.com
Fri Aug 26 14:08:48 MDT 2011
On Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 1:45 PM, <trevyn at esourcehome.com> wrote:
> How often have you asked your plumber to see his/her degree?
> Would you get brain surgery from someone self taught on google?
> Creds are just that. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/credentials
> I would not pay for a credential unless you knew the value exchange of
> the credential in your long term plans.
Different fields have different credentials too - there's a big
difference between an apprentice plumber, a journeyman plumber, and a
master plumber, and it very much makes a difference in what people are
willing to pay for their services and expertise. In our field
(programming, development, web-related tech, etc), there are employers
who don't care about degrees and those who very much do. Doing
freelance or contract work you'll similarly find that many clients
don't care about your degree(s) so much as they care about your
ability to get work done right and on time for a price they can live
with. At the same time, before a client even invests the time in
giving you a chance to demonstrate your skills, they'll almost without
exception want some kind of evidence that you know what you're doing,
whether it's a portfolio, recommendation from a previous client, or a
degree or other credential that gives them a level of confidence that
you're not going to be a waste of their time or money.
The scales of whether to get the degree or not sometimes tip depending
on where you currently work... if your current job has tuition
reimbursement benefits or similar programs promoting education, that
might make it worthwhile even if you aren't guaranteed a raise or
promotion by finishing school. Unless you're planning to stay at that
job forever, and are reasonably confident that your plan is realistic,
it is good to do the schooling even if it doesn't have an immediate
direct benefit, because it's hard to know exactly when you'll need it
or wish you had it until it's too late to get it in time to take
advantage of an opportunity.
These days I think it's very hard to be confident of your long term
plans over the next 30+ years, so getting your schooling done,
especially while you're young[er], is I think a very wise choice. If
you're planning to stay in a job/field where credentials don't matter,
perhaps you're aiming too low with your long term plans.
mac at macnewbold.com
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