This post is here to see if there is a undeniably good education + certification backing experience consensus out there.
As a techie who has been continuously employed in the sometimes advanced and sometimes not, tech field for over 19 years. I had finally hit a point in life and have experimented with the idea of retiring from "work" for the last year.
Now, after a year or so of that going ok, the boredom has finally set in. Thus, I am now looking around at the world of the web and plotting a return in a 2-3 years.
So at this point I have to figure out how to make myself as marketable as possible upon completion of yet to be determined education or certifications for the new profession.
Just asking, if you were in your late 30's, had 3 years of paying the costs of training covered and essentially no bills. What certification or degree (or both) combined with 19 years progressive experience in IT would be a no brainer to you?
And yes, I know I should follow my "dream" etc this this is more a probing question considering that the career will be likely web related. Marketing, Software Dev, SEO, Consultant or Management are all things I like and would do again. I just want a undeniably good education + certification backing my experience and seek some different points of view other than my own observations.
My hodpodge of experience...
In past I have self taught or gotten internal training to learn but those certs are pretty useless when put into the real world.
Past employment in no order and overlap's do occur:
CIO - 7 years
Online Business Development - 7 years
Software QA Manager - Enterprise Hosting - 3 years
IT Manager - Manufacturing - 11 years
SMB Technology Consultant - 14 years
SEO / PPC / Analytics Consultant - 10 years
Artist, Photo Editing (think dyes not digital) - 2 years
Enterprise Tech Support - 4 years
Undersea Missile, Rocket Technician - 6 years
Electronics Sales - 1 year
Assistant Frozen Food Manager - 3 years
Jeweler - 1 year
Fry cook... 3 months - No cooking and I don't work.
School - 2 quarters from a AAS Direct Transfer Degree - to 4 year WA Colleges / Universities.
What say you?