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I am highly suspicious of Certification Programs -- remember Cisco and
Microsoft certs? They were far less valuable than expected, and, today,
have little value at all.
I've been hiring staffers and contractors for, ere hem, a while now, and
have never placed much stock into the concept of certifications. How do
I know that the hold of said cert has the skills I need? Did I help
write the requirements, or am I familiar enough with them for them to
have value to me?
Sadly, like degrees, certs CAN be used by some hiring chains (including
HR/Staffing) to perform primary sorting on incoming resumes -- with the
predicable results, I believe.
However, if YOU feel that Business Analysis skills will enhance your
value in the marketplace (or, more accurately, a piece of paper
purporting to support your claim to having said skills), by all means,
go for it.
I fail to see how this particular skill set is more difficult to export
(most anything can be, clearly -- it's up to each of us to prove our
worth in the market).
As always, your mileage may vary.
From: John Cook [mailto:john -dot- cook -at- gmail -dot- com]
Sent: Monday, August 21, 2006 8:37 AM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: IIBA Certification
I received an e-mail this morning from a collegue whom I highly
respect. He said that he spoke with a mutual friend at TEKsystems
about the future of technical writers and, more specifically, skill
sets that will be desireable in the future. He strongly recommended
looking into the IIBA certification route because what we think of as
conventional or traditional technical writing is becoming less
important (and/or being offshored - which is not a verb but that's the
word he used).
My friend wrote that it appears that IIBA may be the hot new must-have
certification. I'm not familiar with this and thought I'd throw it
out to the collective. Is this something we should be adding to our
bag o' tricks?
Technical Writer / Help Author
john dot cook at gmail dot com