Thanks for your input. I do agree that in some cases a degree can lead to thoughts of over-qualification, particularly in situations where the hiring manager has no degree and the applicant has one or more. As to the hands-on practicality of certificates and certificate courses, that does of course depend on the course and/or the certificate, but by and large a differentiating factor between degrees and certificates is that the former tend rather more toward theoretical concerns while the latter incline more in the practical hands-on direction.
Thanks for sharing some interesting thoughts and perspectives.
This was first published in June 2003