Job prospects for oldtimer

Discussion in 'MCAD' started by Vern, Feb 7, 2007.

  1. Vern

    Vern Guest

    Hi Folks !

    I have been a Cobol mainframe developer (Don't snicker ! Ok go
    ahead.....) for about 28 years.

    I'm getting ready to take the 70-305 test. What are my chances of
    getting a .NET developer job if I complete the MCAD given that I have
    no real .NET job experience but have been in software development
    since 1979 ?

    Thanks ofr listening, Vern
     
    Vern, Feb 7, 2007
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  2. Vern

    Guest

    You shoud first check the certifications on the MS web site, because
    there's a new certification path for .NET 2.0 which will make 70-3xx
    exams obsolete.
    I have an MCSD (VS 6.0) and I don't think that it made a lot of
    difference although it helps create a good impression. In general I
    don't think that being certified is really required in more than 1% of
    the jobs. But it will definitely help your confidence.

    R.
     
    , Feb 8, 2007
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  3. Vern

    Jim Anderson Guest

    No, actually there is no retirement date listed yet for 70-305 and Microsoft
    has explicitly stated they don't plan to "decertify" MCADs and MCSDs despite
    the newer certification programs.

    There is value in you getting a .NET certification, Vern. It shows you are
    willing and able to learn about a new technology.
    --
    Jim Anderson, MCSD
    Consultant
    Columbus, Ohio


    "" wrote:

    > You shoud first check the certifications on the MS web site, because
    > there's a new certification path for .NET 2.0 which will make 70-3xx
    > exams obsolete.
    > I have an MCSD (VS 6.0) and I don't think that it made a lot of
    > difference although it helps create a good impression. In general I
    > don't think that being certified is really required in more than 1% of
    > the jobs. But it will definitely help your confidence.
    >
    > R.
    >
    >
     
    Jim Anderson, Feb 8, 2007
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  4. Vern

    Vern Guest

    On Feb 8, 10:39 am, Jim Anderson <anderson_jim at Excite DotCom>
    wrote:
    > No, actually there is no retirement date listed yet for 70-305 and Microsoft
    > has explicitly stated they don't plan to "decertify" MCADs and MCSDs despite
    > the newer certification programs.
    >
    > There is value in you getting a .NET certification, Vern. It shows you are
    > willing and able to learn about a new technology.
    > --
    > Jim Anderson, MCSD
    > Consultant
    > Columbus, Ohio
    >
    >
    >
    > "" wrote:
    > > You shoud first check the certifications on the MS web site, because
    > > there's a new certification path for .NET 2.0 which will make 70-3xx
    > > exams obsolete.
    > > I have an MCSD (VS 6.0) and I don't think that it made a lot of
    > > difference although it helps create a good impression. In general I
    > > don't think that being certified is really required in more than 1% of
    > > the jobs. But it will definitely help your confidence.

    >
    > > R.- Hide quoted text -

    >
    > - Show quoted text -


    Ok,

    I appreciate the feedback. After being layed off (the platform was
    outsourced) I took the retraining option as my severance package paid
    for Skillsoft CBT package for the MCSD.

    As I did the courses (20) for the 70-305, I realized I didn't want to
    be a designer, but a developer so that chopped it down to 3 tests.
    I'll even consider a QA testing job as those are not glamourous and
    pay less. I'm not concerned about pay as I will start at entry level
    if I can just get my foot in the door to .NET.

    Right now I'm looking for all the practice tests I can get besides the
    one with skillsoft. I have my test scheduled for Mon AM at 0930 thru
    Pearson VUE.

    I think I may want to look for a lesson on taking tests even as I have
    always been good at testing.

    Wish me luck !

    Vern
     
    Vern, Feb 8, 2007
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  5. Vern

    Jim Anderson Guest

    Good luck, Vern! If you haven't already, I recommend taking a practice test
    (besides the Skillsosft ones) before you take the actual test.
    --
    Jim Anderson, MCSD
    Consultant
    Columbus, Ohio


    "Vern" wrote:

    > On Feb 8, 10:39 am, Jim Anderson <anderson_jim at Excite DotCom>
    > wrote:
    > > No, actually there is no retirement date listed yet for 70-305 and Microsoft
    > > has explicitly stated they don't plan to "decertify" MCADs and MCSDs despite
    > > the newer certification programs.
    > >
    > > There is value in you getting a .NET certification, Vern. It shows you are
    > > willing and able to learn about a new technology.
    > > --
    > > Jim Anderson, MCSD
    > > Consultant
    > > Columbus, Ohio
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > "" wrote:
    > > > You shoud first check the certifications on the MS web site, because
    > > > there's a new certification path for .NET 2.0 which will make 70-3xx
    > > > exams obsolete.
    > > > I have an MCSD (VS 6.0) and I don't think that it made a lot of
    > > > difference although it helps create a good impression. In general I
    > > > don't think that being certified is really required in more than 1% of
    > > > the jobs. But it will definitely help your confidence.

    > >
    > > > R.- Hide quoted text -

    > >
    > > - Show quoted text -

    >
    > Ok,
    >
    > I appreciate the feedback. After being layed off (the platform was
    > outsourced) I took the retraining option as my severance package paid
    > for Skillsoft CBT package for the MCSD.
    >
    > As I did the courses (20) for the 70-305, I realized I didn't want to
    > be a designer, but a developer so that chopped it down to 3 tests.
    > I'll even consider a QA testing job as those are not glamourous and
    > pay less. I'm not concerned about pay as I will start at entry level
    > if I can just get my foot in the door to .NET.
    >
    > Right now I'm looking for all the practice tests I can get besides the
    > one with skillsoft. I have my test scheduled for Mon AM at 0930 thru
    > Pearson VUE.
    >
    > I think I may want to look for a lesson on taking tests even as I have
    > always been good at testing.
    >
    > Wish me luck !
    >
    > Vern
    >
    >
     
    Jim Anderson, Feb 8, 2007
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