Originally Posted by Sanoski
I'm a student, currently getting through my core classes before I go into my major. My school takes us through the CompTIA Linux+ certification exam. But it's pretty expensive. Of course, it's paid for by my student loans, but what is the value of the certification? Could I go in a year or so, take the exam and pass, and then get a job working with Linux? Or what I have to finish out my CS degree first? I suppose it depends on your location. I live in a small town. People don't even know what Linux is around here.
Where you live doesn't matter. The certificate is HELPFUL, but certainly isn't something that will make or break a job interview. Employers base things on your depth of experience...if you've got a well-rounded set of skills, and a CS degree, you'll do fairly well.
Certifications are ok to have, but are mostly useless, IMHO. The certification you have now is hopelessly outdated in 2 or 3 years...things change rapidly. A good skillset and some real-world experience (even if it's for-free programming/administration work for churches, friends, etc.), that can be verified, makes a far bigger impression.
That's just my $0.02 worth....