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Old 01-14-2005, 05:04 AM   #1
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What Qualifications To Go For?

It looks like I might be emigrating to New Zealand in 18 months and I though I better get my 'official' qualifications up to scratch. For the last 5 years I've been a freelance VB programmer, and have recently been doing more systems setup and network administration contracts.

I'm just getting into Linux and it seems to be a good way to continue, but I was wondering what qualifications people would recommend I get to improve my chances of employment in the industry. This is a mercenary venture, the aim is to make myself as employable as possible. Obviously there is RHCE, but is there anything else that employers are looking for? A friend of a friend is earning good money apparently writing Linux scripts. Would an individual skill such as this hold much value?

Does anyone have any advice, or can share a similar experience?


PS My current distro is Slack

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Old 01-14-2005, 05:24 AM   #2
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I'm suprised at how happy IT managers are if you just have the linux+ since most admins don't give a crap about linux. Just showing them your willing to learn a little beyond the Microsoft realm goes a long way. Others to consider would be LPI though.
Old 01-14-2005, 09:37 AM   #3
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I'm learning for LPI level 1 certification.

It's a vendor neutral, worldwide valid certificate, which shows you can admin a Linux system with around max. 10 users or so. And your employer can check online if you indeed have the certificate. Also, I found books at specially to prepare for that exam.

At the moment, in South-Africa, 200 people are being taken off a mass-exam for this certificate, just to mention something of the world-wide interests in it (I live in the Netherlands).

The advantage of some vendor neutral thing is, the one who provides you the certificate isn't a company just trying to earn money from you. Normally, vendors let your certificate expire very soon, and send you a letter telling you should do the exam again, which means revenues again for them, and sometimes almost nothing changed between the two exams. LPI-certificates are 'active' for ten years for now.

Only problem is, most employers don't know the LPI certificate. But since it's vendor neutral, you can say you can work with Red Hat, Suse, Debian and so on.

The costs are about 125 dollar per exam inc. vat, depending on the vat of your country.

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