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My friend resigned for certification ... is that a fault ?

Hi,

My friend have resigned his job for doing a certification (MCP) and because of boring same work that he doing in his previous company for the past one year. He has 4.5 years .net development experience.He is doing a MCP sitting at home for 2 months.

Does this effect his career negatively or positively?
Will he ever get a job in IT industry? if yes, what he has to say in HR interview resigning from job?
Is this something happens frequently in IT industry?
Do he need to bid less salary for the next job or can he bid more?

There might be some experience recruiters to answer my queries.

He is  based in Bangalore,India
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Bryan ButlerCommented:
Does this effect his career negatively or positively?
- both - the cert will help some (gaining knowledge), but the time off will hurt (loss of "experience")

Will he ever get a job in IT industry? if yes, what he has to say in HR interview resigning from job?
- yes - I'd say the truth - sounds like that he wanted to do more and was not getting the opportunity; hopefully he has a good reference from the place and if so, that would be the best thing to say

Is this something happens frequently in IT industry?
- yes - all the time

Do he need to bid less salary for the next job or can he bid more?
- that's not that much time off, and he has more qualifications, so I would say more
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Adam BrownSr Solutions ArchitectCommented:
This depends on a couple of things, to be honest. First off, I would *never* recommend that anyone quit a job to study for a certification. Most certifications can be obtained fairly easily studying part time while working full time. I've been fully employed since I got my English degree, but have also managed to obtain about 15 IT certifications while working in the past 3 years, some of which are *really* difficult to obtain. If he were asked why he resigned, I would recommend that he not mention that he quit to study. Quiting for boredom and repetitiveness is also a bad idea, as most jobs have periods of boredom in them. You could state that the job wasn't challenging you enough, and that seems to be more appealing. In the IT industry, experience tends to trump certifications, and you need both to really succeed. Then there's the question of the certification he's going after. MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) is very easy to get and is almost completely worthless. It's given to anyone who passes a pre-2008 Microsoft certification test. MCSE, MCSA, MCITP, and others are much more valuable, but are also much more difficult to get.

Quiting a job without having prospects available for the next job is usually bad for a career. Companys will often pay significantly less for someone who has no job than they will for someone who is actively employeed. Then there's the fact that getting a certification doesn't guarantee employment. Certifications are very useful only insomuch that it allows you to bypass the first hurdle in the job recruitment gauntlet - The HR person. HR doesn't know the exact details of what companies need, and only go off of job descriptions. They will call people that appear to meet requirements, and certifications are usually on the list. Once you get past HR you have to talk with people who are active in the IT industry and they will begin looking for details that usually only experience will allow a person to know.

Now, this is based on my experience in the US. The job recruitment techniques in India may be significantly different, but I wouldn't expect them to be.
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PeteEngineerAuthor Commented:
He got an offer from an MNC. he just said ..he was confident that he will get an offer after putting the papers in HR interview.

Thanks for the support. He have to join this week!
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PeteEngineerAuthor Commented:
Thanks
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