Sorry to bother you all with another credentials question. I have already
read the messages from both this list and the one from the ACM on getting
masters or the HFI Certificate.
My situation is a little different. I recently graduated from an IA Program
and has been searching for related jobs for almost a year now. There are
little opportunities here in Vancouver(Canada), which means whenever
something opens up, I will be up against people with many years of
experience or advanced education. I am thinking more education might
increase the chance of me getting into the field. Also, I wish to strictly
focus on Usability in the future than IA. So this might be a big change for
me since my former education does not include topics such as usability
testing or quantitative analysis.
I know you all think that the HFI certificate is not that widely
recognizable by employers, and a masters might worth more. My past GPA is
below the admission requirement of most programs, so that might not be an
option for me. I did a lot of research and my choices are either the HFI
Certificate program or those industry conferences such as CHI 2006. So if
you are an employer, if you haven't consider me before, will you consider me
now if I have the HFI certificate or CHI2006 on my resume? Or should I just
keep on with my career search?
For those of you in TO, how's the usability community there?