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How much do potential employers care about whether you have Solidworks Professional certification (or rather how much of an advantage does it give you) if you are applying for your first job in engineering after getting your bachelor's degree? Is it worth the money, or is it just a relatively useless title that doesn't really matter for employment?

Of course I know that it isn't a substitution for skill or a good degree, but with all things being equal, how much of a difference does having the certification make to your chances of being hired or your initial salary?

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    none to most, it's not a recognised mainstream cert. Only relevant to someone who knows it or uses the tools – Kilisi Aug 29 '18 at 3:22
  • What line of work are you looking for? – Mawg Aug 29 '18 at 18:42
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    There exist job descriptions with this certificate in their required education/qualifcations section. To those employers, I would wager that it matters very much. – Jared Goguen Aug 29 '18 at 20:18
  • Really? Maybe if it is one of a few requirements, and not just part of a kitchen sink wishlist. – Mawg Aug 29 '18 at 21:01
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AH, so this is a good question.

I think that evidence of training and ongoing development is good. In many industries, people pay for their own training courses - CFA, AWS, MBAs - and do them on their own time.

The training is to help you do better at the job, or to outright switch career. Internal company training is rarely as useful, it's generally more around the processes that the company wants to occur.

You've asked a mite too specific a question - you're asking about the solid works thing. The obvious answer to the more general question (ie about training) is, of course, "a lot". Companies obviously care how well trained you are - try breaking into a corporate job without a degree, for example. Or even an unfinished degree - it will be harder than if you have the degree.

Given that companies care about training, you also have to realise companies care about the type of training. You might have a degree in Astrophysics, but you won't easily get a job in marketing, for example.

So to your particular question - it will depend on if the company in question uses or needs the solidworks program.

I would recommend you get a list of target companies and just ask them, and see what they say.

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I had no idea what it was, and had to Googled it (I added a link to the question).

The company's web site says:

SOLIDWORKS 2018 provides four new solutions to help you simplify interactions between product development teams and ultimately improve your business.

And you say that:

you are applying for your first job in engineering after getting your bachelor's degree? Is it worth the money, or is it just a relatively useless title that doesn't really matter for employment?

Short answer: No

Longer answer: this looks like it might be marginally useful for someone who’s job it is to “simplify interactions between product development teams”, (and then only if the company already uses, or can be persuaded to invest in it); that is highly unlikely to be you, in your first job.

If I were interviewing you, then like Shania Twain, I would be thinking “that don’t impress me much”.

Tl;dr: don’t pay from your own pocket for extra training (in most countries, that degree already cost you a fair whack). If the company thinks that you need training to do your job, be productive and earn them money, then the company will pay for said training.

  • Lolx ! Good point. It was only Shania on YouTube, singing that don’t impress me much”, but if you click it, with sound on ... :-) Thanks for removing it (+1) – Mawg Aug 29 '18 at 10:56
  • no worries, i figured it was that song but i didn't want to actually check and find out! – bharal Aug 29 '18 at 10:59
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    Solidworks is a CAD program that is often used by engineers to design parts. The professional certification is evidence that you are proficient in using it. – user180969 Aug 29 '18 at 16:48
  • Then it sounds like it's relatively new to the market; there are well established CAD Programs, and I never heard of that one. – Mawg Aug 29 '18 at 18:34
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    @Mawg I would personally say that SolidWorks has been an established CAD program for ~15 years. – Jared Goguen Aug 29 '18 at 20:10

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