, W3bbo wrote

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Except many certifications, such as MCSE, are devalued by employers because of the sheer number of people who pass the test thanks to braindumps and other people who have the certification but lack any real working experience.

And you think that a degree is any different?

If your employer is prepared to pay for you to get certified, they gain not only in what you learn but also from the motivational benefits of knowing your employer cares about your career progression. Never underestimate how much productivity suffers from employees who feel undervalued.