Sunday, February 15, 2009

Importance of holding a degree

There're a couple of guys from Red Hat working at my office, no one of them has a degree... yet. Since they both are almost degreed, one of them waiting for validation between to differents degrees and the other one waiting for Bologna plan to be implanted, but that's another story.

The fact is that a company such a Red Hat hires people attending their competence not their qualifications. As long as I knew is the first time I see something like this. Most companies uses academics qualifications as a first filter to eliminate candidates, them they keep some of them and they start to look for some other curriculum, such a certifications (Oracle, Cisco, RHCE, or whatever).

So, does it has any sense being degreed? Interesting for someone who is working and studing at the same time. By now, although I don't agree is useful if you're thinking in job market. But for sure, you don't have to miss the main goal; if you achieve a degree without being competent in any area (database admin, free software admin, java programming, whatever) you're also out.