Walter Pranke, a senior manager in human resources at Adobe Systems in Ottawa, often hires people for manager roles who have taken these courses or MBAs.He
said MBAs have historically been more popular than executive education courses, and continue to be so.
"I see more resumes where people have obtained (MBA or EMBA) designations, than those who list out the executive certificate learning programs," he
said.However, positions within Adobe
vary, and for some a certificate program may be all that's required.
"I think (they are) an alternative, because the certificate-style programs offer some specialized learning," said Mr. Pranke
."So you could do strategic management or strategic marketing . . . it allows that person to obtain that sort of in-depth knowledge."
Three Adobe employees are in the midst of doing their MBAs, he
said.Four others, however, have completed an executive certificate course in the past year and a half.
"It's probably a 50-50 split in the last couple of years," he
said."It depends also on the individual and their own individual development."
But when it comes to hiring, Mr. Pranke
doesn't discriminate with regards to degrees: everything comes down to the need at the time.
"It's not that we take one more seriously," he