New to IT, MCAD or MCSD.Net

Discussion in 'Microsoft Certification' started by Java Jon, Jan 6, 2005.

  1. Java Jon

    Java Jon Guest

    I am 33 years old, currently not employed or knowledgable
    in the IT Business World. I am very interested in
    programming and development. I have an opportunity to go
    to a place called for free. I will be
    getting certifications in the following A+, then Network+,
    SCJP (Core Java 2), and then I have a choice of MCAD or
    MCSD.NET. Does anyone have a recommendation as to what I
    should do ? Will I find work with these certifications
    alone and no degree ? I'd appreciate some educated
    professional opinons. I understand that I will probably
    sit behind a help desk for a while, but I am willing to
    wait my turn to advance. I am eager to develop software,
    not answer phones. Do people in this industry promote from
    within ?
    Java Jon, Jan 6, 2005
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  2. If is for free you can go to learn something new.
    And i recommend MCSD because is more advanced than MCAD.
    However if you don't have experience at all it will be hard to get employed.

    Emanuel Ceciu
    Emanuel Ceciu, Jan 6, 2005
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  3. By earning a MCSD .NET you automatically earn a MCAD .NET. Since you
    can go for free, definitely shoot for MCSD .NET. Good luck. For someone
    new to IT and Software Development, it's going to be a rough battle.
    These exams are HARD! I'm sure you can do it though.
    Adam P. Tatusko, MCSD .NET, MCAD .NET, MCDBA, MCSE, Jan 6, 2005
  4. Generally a help desk job would lead to IT desktop support/technician job
    and then on to network admistration and then to network design/engineering.
    Or in terms of certifications... A+/Network+/MCDST ----> MCSA ---> MCSE.
    (Not that you need each of these certs-- I'm just pointing out the ones that
    generally go with each step in the career path.)

    Entry-level software dev jobs would more often be something like testing and
    QA. Again, I'm speaking in very general terms here and yes a help desk can
    often lead to a dev job too (especially if you are providing support for a
    company's applications instead of at a "my computer is broken and I can't
    print" job.)
    Colin Nash [MVP], Jan 7, 2005
  5. Java Jon

    Java Jon Guest

    What might the career path or certifications be for
    Software Development ? I'm definitely going MCAD or
    MCSD.NET anything else I may need to learn along the way
    or after ? (I'm doing the VB.NET not C#)I know these are
    probably dumb questions because of the mass variations and
    configurations of hardware and software running out there.
    I would just like to get a feel for what I may need to
    know in order to help my employment prospects next
    year.For instance would Comp TIA's Security+ cert. be of
    any use to me ?
    Java Jon, Jan 17, 2005
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