I am currently training at a Microsoft Academy, the first of it's kind in\nSouth East England. I have read with frustration the posts regarding the\nworthlessness of the MCSE accreditation. I am using this course to get a\nfoot in the door of the IT industry, I neither expect it to get me a\ntop-dollar job or a top-shelf one at that. I do intend to follow up this\ncourse with maybe a Cisco networking cert and/or a Novell cert. Frankly, I\nhave had a love of computing since a very early age and my first ZX\nspectrum, and now I'm sick of the building trade and need a change of\ndirection.\n\nSurely these certifications provide a sound knowledge base from which to\nSTART? All of the naysayers comments seem to revolve around one thing,\nexperience. Well I seem to remember after having passed my driving test it\ntook me a little while to get used to driving on my own, with no instructor\nto point out or correct my mistakes. That my friends, is the way it is.\nUnfortunately no, experience cannot be bought, and no matter how many certs\nyou have they will never be a substitute for knowledge gained from years in\nthe field.... BUT, everyone has to start somewhere.\n\nSpare a thought for the people just starting out, regardless of what you may\nthink of the MCSE, we have still paid for the course as that is where our\ninterest lies. We are still studying hard to achieve the recognition, and\nthen we have to spend the first four years or so of our employment proving\nourselves still!\n\nThere may be a slump in the IT industry of late, but we all know that after\nslumps there is generally a boom and when there is, there will be more than\nenough work to go around. Less of the bickering ladies and gentlemen please.