Its' true though, I've seen too many paper CCNA's and MCSE's that couldn't do basic network troubleshooting or diagnostics, it's very sad.
I'm constantly in contact with customers who have these things in their title or email sig and I can't help wonder if their father-in-law got them the job let alone if they were out behind the bleachers getting stoned the day they handed out common sense.
Have a good job? Are you over 50? If you lose that job your chances of dying are greater than getting an equal or better job than the one you lost.
For "regular" jobs companies don't like to hire people over 50. The discrimination actually starts at 40 but at 50 it's like trying to break the sound barrier in a propeller driven airplane.
Only those with specialized skills are marketable. For instance, a friend of mine that I've known 45 years changes jobs every couple of years as a consultant. He is pushing 70. However, he is an exceptionally skilled person in both hardware and software. It's that combo that's his foundation. Or another example is someone that really knows IT or computer related stuff, has great communication skills AND knows the business aspect side of the company they work at.