Carrer Guidence

Discussion in 'Microsoft Certification' started by =?Utf-8?B?RVFOaXNo?=, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. I've been working in the IT market for some 10 years now, mainly as a
    contractor, back in 97 I finished my NT4 MCSE track (MCSE+I) and was doing
    quite well though out the 90's and into the 2000's. I am proficient with
    2000, and 2003 systems, but never re-certified (I was working for a company
    that Certs didn't help much with acceleration and I was doing fine) over the
    last 3 or 4 years, I have been laid off regularly in the 10th month time
    frame, (about the time I get everything working fluidly for the small
    business's I have been working for) and am put back to contract or Looking
    for permanent work. I consider myself an IT Specialist, with a good general
    knowledge of most aspects of computers, networks, and IT Systems, to include
    phone, firewalls, server, and desktop, but by no means a Sr level
    Administrator or some one with honed specialized skills for say an SQL admin,
    or Firewall Admin. While I could get by with doing those tasks, I am more of
    a generalist, and don't really know the finite details that I would assume
    are needed to be good at those positions. I'm happy as a generalist, and
    generally make a good wage, but the job hopping is getting to me, at 40 years
    old, I have no real retirement available to me (some small 401Ks and some
    savings and such) but nothing long term. So my questions for the community
    are (I have several);
    1. I'm half heartily working on my 2003 Certs, should I continue, will they
    be a benefit to me?
    2. Has the industry moved to specialized Admins, where ones roles on
    centered around one service/application, or are generalist still a needed
    entity?
    3. Does 10+ years of experience count for anything when you paper work is
    lacking? NT4 MCSE+I is 8+ years old, and I have no degrees!

    I have considered other lines of work, but when it comes down to it, I would
    have to go school, which I can't afford or when I can afford it, there is no
    time. I love working in the computer field, I am one of those geeks that
    comes home and sits in front of 3 or 4PCs, runs his own mail server, and has
    a small corporate network in there home. I'm just tired of always looking
    for work!!!

    Any opinions, Ideas, Help???
    =?Utf-8?B?RVFOaXNo?=, Nov 14, 2007
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