Is it a bad strategy to only do certifications your employer pays for/or recommends?
The new environment I just joined this week really seems to use that philosophy. While I was at lunch with a few co-workers we dicussed training and the certifications came up, and when I mentioned that I had did a few on my own I received blank stares. In fact one of the ladies said no way she would do training outside of work. She is a PM with her Six Sigma black belt and according to her she attended courses during office hours and received her ASQ BB cert. One of the software support guys did something similar with visual basic. I just found it interesting and exciting. I really don't want to spend my free time reading IT manuals and attempting certifications. I just recently found a change management course I am going to take through my company and so far it looks like it going to be approved. Thoughts? I am starting to get sick of the idea of studying certs for free.