Take a class or study on my own?

Discussion in 'MCSE' started by Kevin, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. Kevin

    Kevin Guest

    I'm looking to get my MCSE (might go for my MCSA first) to help find a job.
    How hard is it to get the certificate without doing a class or bootcamp? I
    don't really have a lot of extra cash right now so I was thinking about going
    at it the cheaper way and just buying the books and studying from there. I
    have 7 years experience as a Systems Administrator so I think I should be ok
    but just wanted to get other opinions.

    Kevin, Dec 3, 2009
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  2. That depends on:
    [a] Your relevant experience with the product(s), and
    Your ability to self-teach and comprehensively absorb the material, and
    [c] Your discpline in properly setting up and working through *all* of the
    exercises contained in the training materials.
    Seven years is a big chunk of change. Truth is, the majority of cert
    candidates go the self-study route, in fact, I might be so bold as to
    suggest taht those who invest in classroom training are the ones trying to
    get a "quick cert", and don't actually have the experience to go with the
    cert in the first place. (Actually, that's not entirely fair, as *some*
    people do learn better with instructor-led training rather than self-study,
    and those persons should not be maligned for their choice of training

    Go for it!

    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCITP:EA, MCDBA, MCSA
    Principal/CTO, Onsite Technology Solutions, Houston, Texas
    Microsoft MVP - Software Distribution (2005-2009)

    My Blog: http://onsitechsolutions.spaces.live.com
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    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/Lawrence.Garvin
    Lawrence Garvin [MVP], Dec 3, 2009
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