As we start the new year, I started thinking about something. Why do people think it’s acceptable to take shortcuts in their IT career? Is it because people don’t see the true effect of their work? Or is the cheating as prevalent in law and medicine but we working in IT aren’t aware of it?
Trust me, I understand that some people live really tough lives, they want to put food on the table for their family, find a better living, perhaps start a new life in a new country. The competition is fierce. Some countries have more engineers coming out of universities every year than we have people living in Sweden.
The thing is though, if you cheat your way to a CCIE, sooner or later you will be caught. But regardless of that. How would you feel if a power plant goes down due to your mistake? Having a heart monitoring unit fail because of your mistake? Having people’s private information leaked due to your mistake? We all make mistakes but we shouldn’t be making them because we pretend that we are something that we aren’t, experts. Networking is a critical part of everyones life now. Most of the time people’s safety aren’t at risk but a lot of people rely on our knowledge to be able to work each and every day. Being a CCIE is tough enough when you earned it the hard way. You are the expert and people expect you to have the answers. You don’t want to be sitting in a meeting and looking like a paper cert.
In February 2017 we had a lot of people trying to sneak their way through the CCDE. That’s even worse. Can you imagine yourself in a meeting with the CTO, CIO and a large enterprise’s most skilled technical staff and having the CCDE but no clue what you are talking about? Talk about a bad day.
Earning it the hard way is more difficult and takes more time. But how many of the people taking shortcuts actually make it where they want to go? How many of the become regarded as experts in the field? Very few I would think.
I hope that certifications will keep evolving and that more people will try to gain real knowledge. I know that may be naive but earning it the hard way will pay off in the end.
Happy new year!