Peter Hickman peter.hickman at
Wed May 9 14:46:27 BST 2007

Dean Wilson wrote:
> On Wed, May 09, 2007 at 01:41:09PM +0100, Simon Wistow wrote:
> First - a sweeping generalisation (based on my experience), big
> companies like degrees, smaller companies like experience.

It also depends on the field. Consultancies like people who have degrees 
and look good in a suit because their clients like people with degrees 
and look good in a suit. No matter how good someone is if the client, 
who is spending large amounts of cash, only trusts people with degrees 
then you have an uphill battle with a nerd who wont wear a suit but can 
throw a system together in their sleep. And the more money they spend 
the 'better' the degree they expect - not quite sure why someone with 
English Literature from Oxford is seen to be a better choice when 
implementing a trading room system but the clients like them.

I suspect that it comes down to being able to talk about Rugby like you 
are actually interested in it, football is too lowbrow for the city :)

> What's your view on technical certifications? Do they add to an applicant?
> More or less than academic qualifications?


Yes, that and BCS membership. It might get you in the door (junior) but 
you will need more.

> I don't have a degree and I'm not interested in working for a company
> that requires one. I don't feel bad about lacking one, I just consider it a
> warning sign.

If I had my time again I would have taken up the offers of the MBA and 
the SE certification. I would have worn a suit and talked about Rugby 
like I was interested. Gimme MONEY.

Then again if you are happy you are one up on me.

Peter Hickman.

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