My brother in law runs the 3d department of a major toy company. His explanation of certifications and college degrees are this.....the certification or college degree doesn't mean you are smart or above the rest...what it says is that you took the incentive of getting higher training. Certifications and degrees are looked at first and then portfolios or demo reels. He also says about 4 out of 10 portfolios and demo reels have had to be made by someone else.....because he puts the applicant to a test on the computer to see for himself. he says 4 out of 10 with the degrees and reels are too stupid to get a job. he says he also looks at the demo reels of applicants that have no certification or college...says his 3 best modelers never had any formal training...but took the initiative to learn on their own. he always says the 10 dumbest people he ever met all had college masters degrees.
Doesn't hurt to have a certification...sometime it's what gets you in the door. i have a ton of certifications that I worked my ass off to get and i am glad to have them. They have helped me a number of times..and many times they did not matter.
there's definitely 2 sides to this certification and degree stuff.
Best thing to do is to arm yourself with everything you can. sometimes a great cheerful personality will get you in the door before your qualifications are checked.
It also don't hurt to know somebody or the right people. That's a cold hard fact of how this world works.
Message edited by JimBerton on 11/1/2012 - 9:47 AM