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Information Technology Certification: A Student Perspective

Information Technology Certification: A Student Perspective
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Author(s): Tanya McGill (Murdoch University, Australia) and Michael Dixon (Murdoch University, Australia)
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 5
Source title: Innovations Through Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-261-9.ch078
ISBN13: 9781616921255
EISBN13: 9781466665347

Abstract

Certification has become a popular adjunct to traditional means of acquiring information technology skills and employers increasingly specify a preference for those holding certifications. This paper reports on a study designed to investigate student perceptions of both the benefits and risks of certification and its importance in obtaining employment. Certification was perceived as an important factor in achieving employment and students undertaking it anticipate that it will lead to substantial financial benefits. Yet higher salaries are not seen as the most important benefit of certification. The potential benefits that students believe are most important relate to ‘real world’ experience. The respondents were aware of the possible risks of certification but did not appear to be overly concerned about them. The risk considered most important was the potential for the rapidly changing knowledge base to mean that certification is not of lasting value.

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