peter.hickman at semantico.com
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.
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