Recently, we have published a blog about Red Hat certifications serving as a catalyst for the learner community, and as a possible solution to the sometimes difficult job hunt situations (when, for example, switching careers).
My question to you is, has Red Hat trainings/certifications influenced your career? If so, which certifications gave you the largest bang for your buck? And which were the most impactful for your professional life?
RHCE has been the most beneficial.
The material covered RHCE is available in Red Hat documentation, but the course provides a standard way to implement infrastructure in a supportable and maintainable manner.
The test. You've got objectives where you use what you learned in the course. This doesn't mean you can't use other ways of meeting the objective, but the test proves out what you learned so you can have confidence that you can reliably implement whatever is required. A good case for me is NetworkManager. We hadn't move to it, but I learned how to use it, which examples in the man page get me close to the config that I want, etc, so when I ran into it in our OpenShift installation I wasn't intimidated. I know what to look for and how to manipulate it.
My next fav is RH342... It's a class for folks who like puzzles (or pain, depending on your perspective).
Thanks to my RHCA i was able to join Red Hat directly as Senior consultant years back when that was the highest position in consultancy at Red Hat.
Red Hat certifications definitely enhanced my career.
I used to be a pure Linux sysadmin. Last year, I applied for a position of Cloud Engineer in an OpenStack/Ansible environment. It was a pretty bold move because I've had absolutely no previous professional experience with those technologies before.
However I had two assets.
First, I was a RHCA, which demonstrates not only technical skills but also an acquaintance with various open-source technologies in general and the ability to effectively learn new things.
Second, I was RHCE in RH OpenStack and RH certified specialist in Ansible Automation, which matched the technical environment of the job.
I got the job, I still work there and I have learnt A LOT and am still learning new things every day!
In a nutshell, to me, Red Hat certifications are a decisive career catalyst as they grant access to jobs that would be out of reach otherwise.
Our beloved Director of Certification once stood up at a conference and was talking about the value of the Red Hat Training & Certification program. It went something like this:
"Red Hat exams are practical in nature, and we test whether you can do the work associated with the product. We don't test your knowledge of the product. That means that when you obtain a certification from Red Hat Training, that it's a promise to your employer, and anyone who wants to hire you, that you have meaningful, practical skills associated with the exam you've passed."
@RRR may have forgetten what he said all those years ago, but he was impressed that he said it when I quoted him in conversation about 2 years ago ;-)
I value my certifications for those very reasons!
Talking with a senior hiring director for a major IT company this week, he had this to say about certifications like Red Hat's which test your ability to actually do the work.
"I don't care whether your have a certification like RHCSA, RHCE or Cisco. If the certification requires you to complete practical tasks rather than answer multiple-choice questions I'm more likely to hire you because I know you can learn a new skill. That is important to me because whatever technology we use in house we wil have heavily customized anyway."
For me, mostly best practices, and understanding what's "under the hood". For example, managing systemd units, or working with SeLinux.
Although there is so much documentation out there, it's great to have the structure when learning.
I also try to keep these best practices in mind when I'm doing my job.