Jumping into the field. What cert to go for?

Discussion in 'MCSE' started by Techiewannabe, Feb 13, 2009.

  1. Hey all. How about a serious answer just for a minute?

    I am about to start my training in IT. Been an end-user for years and
    everyone keeps coming to me to fix thier computer problems. Most of the time
    I figure it out but I have no idea really how. Time to get properly trained
    and certified. Some of you said your certs aren't worth the paper they are
    written on. Many others seem to be scrambling for a higher level cert.
    Unsatisifed or not where you hoped to be? If you had to start over, knowing
    what you know now, what training would you take? Please keep it clean.
     
    Techiewannabe, Feb 13, 2009
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  2. "Techiewannabe" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hey all. How about a serious answer just for a minute?
    >
    > I am about to start my training in IT. Been an end-user for years and
    > everyone keeps coming to me to fix thier computer problems. Most of the
    > time
    > I figure it out but I have no idea really how. Time to get properly
    > trained
    > and certified. Some of you said your certs aren't worth the paper they are
    > written on. Many others seem to be scrambling for a higher level cert.
    > Unsatisifed or not where you hoped to be? If you had to start over,
    > knowing
    > what you know now, what training would you take? Please keep it clean.


    I wouldn't change a thing.

    1. Self-study using Microsoft Press study guides.

    2. Actual installation of products using evaluation software.

    3. Actual job experience using products.



    --
    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCITP(x2), MCTS(x5), MCP(x7), MCBMSP
    Principal/CTO, Onsite Technology Solutions, Houston, Texas
    Microsoft MVP - Software Distribution (2005-2009)

    MS WSUS Website: http://www.microsoft.com/wsus
    My Websites: http://www.onsitechsolutions.com;
    http://wsusinfo.onsitechsolutions.com
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/Lawrence.Garvin
     
    Lawrence Garvin \(MVP\), Feb 13, 2009
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  3. Techiewannabe

    Kline Sphere Guest

    >Hey all. How about a serious answer just for a minute?
    >
    >I am about to start my training in IT. Been an end-user for years and
    >everyone keeps coming to me to fix thier computer problems. Most of the time
    >I figure it out but I have no idea really how. Time to get properly trained
    >and certified. Some of you said your certs aren't worth the paper they are
    >written on. Many others seem to be scrambling for a higher level cert.
    >Unsatisifed or not where you hoped to be? If you had to start over, knowing
    >what you know now, what training would you take? Please keep it clean.


    I'm sorry to rain on your parade, but really, certs (especially ms
    certs) are a waste of time, money and effort.

    Any company worth their salt, would only be interested in people with
    real world experience. Especially now adays where many companies are
    firing people.

    Your best bet is to get a decent college degree in some IT business
    related subject, and hope for the best.

    Personally, I'd say quit now and train to be a defense lawyer. I know
    there're scum bags, but they're rich scum bags.

    Kline Sphere (Chalk) MCNGP #3
     
    Kline Sphere, Feb 13, 2009
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  4. Techiewannabe

    CEH wannabe Guest

    "Techiewannabe" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hey all. How about a serious answer just for a minute?
    >
    > I am about to start my training in IT. Been an end-user for years and
    > everyone keeps coming to me to fix thier computer problems. Most of the
    > time
    > I figure it out but I have no idea really how. Time to get properly
    > trained
    > and certified. Some of you said your certs aren't worth the paper they are
    > written on. Many others seem to be scrambling for a higher level cert.
    > Unsatisifed or not where you hoped to be? If you had to start over,
    > knowing
    > what you know now, what training would you take? Please keep it clean.
    >


    I'm one of the "Not worth the paper" group, however most companies like
    qualifications even if they are pointless.

    If i were to redo my training, i'd do the "Fast MCSE" instead of the
    stupidly long way i'm going around it now. 2TG for MCSE (298/299) I did my
    MCDST (271/272) which is two exams, then i did "621 Upgrade your DST to
    MCIPT:Enterprise Support" This only counts for 1 elective so 3 exams for an
    elective of the NORMAL MCSE. not the security one. So i wasted that chance
    royally.

    The *'s are required the bottom two are optional - see the MS Website for
    the alternative options.

    Exams :
    290*
    291*
    293*
    294*
    270*
    298
    299
    Done. MCSE: Security Specialist.

    C|EH Wannabe
     
    CEH wannabe, Feb 14, 2009
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