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觀校園內“考證熱”有感……  

2010-02-24 21:55:42|  分类: 我的大学:所见、 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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以下這篇文章摘自本校自編的英語教材《英語新視點(English Viewpoints)》,此文真正出處為2004年5月27日的《21世紀英文報》增刊:

Are These Certificates All That Useful?

原標題:Are They All That Useful?

ZHANG Wei has a bagful of certificates: CET-6, TOEFL, IELTS, BEC(這是要出國留學麼?託福雅思一起上。不知都考了怎樣的成績?), and one for computer skills whose initials she’s forgotten(NCRE,計算機等級考試). Zhang got most of these credentials during her last year at university(大四一年就拿下了這麼多的證書,弓虽).

Zhang, 25, now works in marketing for a Beijing-based advertising firm(S13一個,想進廣告公司,作品比證書重要多了). But, sometimes she takes the slips of paper out just to have a look at them. Otherwise, she may forget them, and some are nearing their expiration date(現在才知道證書也有有效期?).

Zhang explained that, yes, these certificates had given her a boost of confidence in the past. And, that getting them was itself a kind of learning experience. However, when it came to the job search itself, most of them didn’t seem to be particularly useful. “You have to think twice before deciding to take one of these tests(考上了再叫後來的人考證前三思而行,是不是有點過河拆橋的心理?). That’s because it takes up not only your time, but your money as well(其實時間比金錢寶貴多了). And, in the end, you’ll find that they’re not as valuable as you thought,” Zhang concluded.

In recent years, more university students and young professionals have become interested in international certificate exams. The most popular fields right now are English, IT and finance. The certification is in accordance with global norms. As more foreign enterprises come to China, the certificates are a simple way to give companies the kind of information they need to pick those with the relevant skills out of a large number of applicants. This reduces costs and speeds up the application process, according to HR experts. An international certificate can make it easier to get a job at a foreign-backed enterprise, which often pays better. A certificate is intended to show that a person has a certain ability or level of skill, and that can, of course, increase self-confidence and a sense of self-worth, the experts say(對了!證書的作用就體現在這裡,而且這個作用隨著持證人數的遞增而遞減).

However, these exams do not come cheap. And, the exam process can be very long and difficult(米錯!費用高、耗時長素國外證書的特色). A woman from Tsinghua University’s Finance Department, with the surname Hu, says she’s taking the CFA (Certified Financial Analyst) exam(一心非投行券商不嫁的麼?). She says that, in all, the process will take about three years and cost about $1,500 (¥12,000)(整個中國大陸地區只有1,000多人攻下了CFA,而且多集中在投行、基金、資產管理、券商的中高層,可見這個證的含金量).

Now, whether all this effort will pay off is still open to question, according to some insiders. Xiao Yang, an office worker who took an IT exam(考的什麽?微軟的MCSE?思科的CCNA/CCNP?) in Shanghai, rejects the notion that a certificate equals high pay(當然不等同啦). “A certificate just lets the company pull your name quickly out of a pile of resumes  and gives you a chance for an interview(實際作用). It does not mean that you will be recruited if you get one of these certificates,” he said. “However, if you don’t have one, you’ll be eliminated immediately(不一定吧,工作經歷夠強悍的人往往不受證書的制約).”

According to some HR experts, the foreign language and computer certificates are often necessary. But, it all depends on the position you’re applying for.

 =====================================讀後感的分割線 =====================================

我現在發現,其實自己不用在CPA這張也許一輩子用不到的證上吊死,即使我要干一輩子財務:

如果去企業,只管賬務:從業 => 初級職稱 => 中級職稱 => 高會職稱;

如果想進軍公司董事會:國外的註冊管理會計師(英國的CIMA、米國的CMA)

如果想扎根券商做經紀:證券從業 => 保薦人/CFA

Life is full of possibilities, may it give me the best one.

觀校園內“考證熱”有感…… - maxpayne0594 - Call of Duty

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