Letter to the Editor

This is in response to the letter, "Give entry-level techies a chance." I would like to express the opinion of someone on the other side of this issue.

I've been in the information technology arena since 1996 as a civil servant and in private industry. I got into the IT field as an instructional designer when I was in grad school and basically taught myself everything I know. I have no "certifications," but have had no trouble finding employment. In fact, I have to limit the amount of freelance work I take on.

Personally, I would rather have someone with three to five years of experience that can solve a problem in his or her area of expertise without looking it up in a book. Most folks who get "certified" only know exactly what it takes to pass the certification test. They rarely have the experience that will allow them to apply their knowledge to real-life problems.

If I had to guess, Mr. Bradshaw has set his acceptable salary level well above what he should be considering. Even though he has a wall full of certificates, he is still entry-level. In the world in general, your level of experience usually dictates your starting level in a company. A certification and no experience does not a network administrator make.

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