Recently I came across an interesting thread on reddit about certification vs degree.
During my long dev career, I always had mixture of experience regarding outcomes of certification vs other online portfolios mainly Github.
While many disregard certifications as trash, I still feel they have special place in hottest / legacy techs, such as Information Security, Cisco Networking, and recently cloud, data science etc. In the past I witnessed time when Java and MS certificates were game changers. Yet I do not have concrete data to prove their relevance.
OTOH, github too maybe lately a trash can of copy-paste repos, but many employers consider
**something done > something described in the CVs**
(at least until we come up with accurate tech to detect code plagiarism. )
I request both employers and developers to help me answer:
1 - To coders and developers who had at least 2 job hops during their career - what do you think was more valuable to you in getting your next job?
Was it a new certification attained, or was it new github repo / contribution on someone else’s work?
2 - To people who have interviewed a few coders in their lifetime:
What made you shortlist interview candidates from their CVs? Was it certification, was it github / some other public portfolio (e.g. SO)?
I know recruitment has many more facets apart from CVs and portfolios i.e. meetups, hackathons, friend-of-friend recommendations, forum attentions.
But I want to get general idea about what’s mainstream when employers and employees didn’t just bump off into each other, especially in techs where both Github and Certifications are relevant.