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Old 03-02-2010, 05:54 PM
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Long story short, I have an AA, a BS and a master's degree in marketing management but after I lost my marketing specialist job in Dec. 2008 and spent all of 2009 looking for work, I'm currently in a temp position that may end soon and still trying to find permanent work.

I continually see positions for marketing managers that incorporate web development, content management and the like and I'd really love to do something like that but truth is I don't have the experience besides the few blogs and websites I have built on my own.

I have found a certificate program at my local community college for a web development specialist program. It's affordable and I figure I could finish in one year (while still working).

My concern is do employers really care if someone gets a certificate as opposed to a degree? Is web development the kind of thing where you really need a degree? I really have no interest in another long-term degree as I plan on starting a family soon.

Do you think it could help? Or would it be a waste of money?
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Old 03-02-2010, 06:53 PM
Location: Hawaii
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Continuing education to keep current with your interest or field is not a waste of money.
Certification adds to the resume and shows future employers motivation IMO.
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Old 03-02-2010, 07:44 PM
Location: New York, NY
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Unless you are in a highly specialized field (engineering or something), most employers are just interested that you have a degree. The fact that you also have a master's is a huge plus. Getting certifications can only enhance your resume as they show tenacity, dedication to self-improvement, and work ethic.
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