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Information technology certification: A student perspective

McGill, T.J. and Dixon, M.W. (2005) Information technology certification: A student perspective. International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education, 1 (1). pp. 19-30.

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Certification has become a popular adjunct to traditional means of acquiring information technology skills and employers increasingly specify a preference for those holding certifications. This article reports on a study designed to investigate student perceptions of both the benefits and risks of certification and its importance in obtaining employment. Certification was perceived as an important factor in achieving employment and students undertaking it anticipate that it will lead to substantial financial benefits. Yet higher salaries are not seen as the most important benefit of certification. The potential benefits that students believe are most important relate to real-world experience. The respondents were aware of the possible risks of certification but did not appear to be overly concerned about them.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Information Technology
Publisher: IGI Global
Copyright: (c) 2005 IGI Global
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