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Carlo
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So, it turns out I managed to get a professional qualification that less than 15,000 people have worldwide. 2.5 million people started this enough to get one of the exams out of the way (of several exams).

I'm doing another one that is held by less than 5,000 worldwide.

Does this make me more employable, or less? Serious question.

Anyone else have rare qualifications?

/eyes a qualification held by less than 70, but costs £15k and is a 3 week residential :(
#1 at 01:27:56 - 27/05/2009
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What's it in?

More employable if it's recognised by a professional body (Institute of Chartered Mathematicians, for example). I know someone who did a masters degree that was rare (taught by one bloke, not in a University) but was then told it was entirely worthless because it didn't have decent accreditation from anyone.

Probably more employable anyway. Most people are lazy sods that learn nothing past school age.

I have a couple of well known qualifications that are properly recognised. For the last 2.5 years I've been doing a rare NVQ in a pointless subject and the qualification is worth so much less than my proper ones that I even tell the assessor that I think it's a joke.

I'm on target to finish the NVQ in 12 years time at my current rate :P
#2 at 02:13:02 - 27/05/2009
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If its rare because nobody wants to do it as there are no benefits from it, that'd answer the question :)

My missus has qualifications in excavating ancient human remains. That's not uber specialist but moreso than my ACA :)
#3 at 10:18:04 - 27/05/2009
Carlo
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It's in IT, and it's the 'new'* Microsoft exams that they are using to try and phase out the old MCSA/MCSE (got them too mind you). I'm sure this'll increase over time, but I can't see this figure growing that much as it's much harder to get them.

There are about 300,000 Win 2000 track people, 150,000 on the Win 2003 track.

*been running for 2 years now I think
#4 at 10:30:12 - 27/05/2009
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even having a pointless qualification aint too bad as it shows an aptitude for learning and intelligence. the thing with being over qualified seems to be about salary expectations and how long a company reckons you'll stay with em. when i was unemployed recently i had an interview where the feedback was amazingly positive, but they employed a different bloke for half the salary i was up for who had none of my experience just cos he seemed smart enough to be of some use to them.
#5 at 13:05:10 - 27/05/2009

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