Certificate and experience...which one is more useful in our career?

@yenwie84 (1345)
Malaysia
July 4, 2008 10:04am CST
I was wondering about this question since the day I started to work. From what I noticed,certificate is not that important in some part but in certain part,it makes some differences.For instance,a boss would promote a degree holder with several years of experience rather one with low education level but with more than 10 years working experience.So certificate plays role in this case also,but why?
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@tomzhong (50)
• China
4 Jul 08
certificate only can show u once pass the exam about subject,only if u r capable to finish all the job ur boss order ,u really get the ability.and this is the foudation on which u can be promoted
@yenwie84 (1345)
• Malaysia
6 Jul 08
You have your point there,somehow certificates act like a bridge which enable us to walk to the other side....
• China
6 Jul 08
we can't ignore the importance of certificate but does it mean u really excel in ur job? the most important thing is that u must have the ability
• Philippines
6 Jul 08
Your question got me thinking alright! I think that both are important. As to the level of importance, it may differ from profession to profession. But for me, I still think that experience is the more useful in a career because there are times that you get the certificate just by sitting and listening to seminars with no application of the theories discussed whatsoever, whereas when you're really experienced you get to do the job first hand. So there, I still prefer experience over certification....
@yenwie84 (1345)
• Malaysia
6 Jul 08
You are right in this part but sometimes especially during interview,the company will only call those with qualified certificates.It's unfair for those with experiences but no certificates...
• United States
4 Jul 08
if you have experience thats good, but i think a certificate is better because it will show that you know what you are doing. becuase anyone can work in an industry for years and still not know exactly what they are doing.