Watching season one of True Blood on HBO, I developed a brief, platonic love for Tara (brief for reasons that really belong in another post) when she discussed her education:
“College is just white people paying other white people to read to each other, I figured I could save money and read to myself”[paraphrase]
Sure, I went to college, I have a degree, but those words ring so true, especially after I graduated and while I was there and learning more from what people told me that made me want to learn more in classes than what I learned in half my classes (sorry, guys!).
This is not really a highly respected way to gain knowledge. Oh, individual people are impressed by the manifestation of one’s knowledge, but in general, it’s not quite as certain if you say you know a thing as if you have a piece of paper saying someone else thinks you do. Truthfully, that piece of paper doesn’t mean that much. Crammed information dies. Passion counts for something– or it should.
I’ve been looking recently into certifications (which I’d not bothered thinking about for a long time). Yup, still expensive. If I were to get a certification to get a job or better my chances… it would be nice if I already had that money. On the other hand if I did, I bet I’d be using it for something else (rent, electricity, you know the spiel..).
This isn’t about whining, though.
It is kind of about the way I wish I didn’t see what the point of the pieces of paper are. There are too many people these days with the skills and the need for work to just give everyone you like a try.
So… I’m thinking about which ones I might really want to get. I’ve come up with a couple of articles that might help, especially if the prices are still accurate. They’ll give me a starting point for thinking and budgeting, anyway.
Top 7 Programming Certifications for Web Developers and Top Three IT Certifications you can Get From Scratch. Both articles are about a year old, but they have good information. At least it’s a jumping off point. Oddly enough, many certifications come from companies with proprietary interests in the properties involved.
Sometimes I still feel institutional education is a scam.
That doesn’t mean I don’t ache for more of it.
I totally want to get a MFA or MLS. (Unrelated to my programming aspirations… I need to focus and win the lottery.)