What direction should I take? MCSE or ...

Discussion in 'MCSE' started by kfm6, May 14, 2009.

  1. kfm6

    kfm6 Guest

    I'm new to IT. I have a job change that will allow me to study full time for
    3-4 weeks. I would like to leave my current line of work. I'm trying to find
    out whether gaining A+, Server+ and Network+ or MCSE would be the best course
    of action. Should other courses be taken before MCSE? Although I've dabbled
    with systems I have no certification nor do I have a degree. Is it reasonable
    to think I would be viable in the job market with just the first three or
    just MCSE and no degree? I would certainly not stop training, but in the
    short time alloted, is this reasonable? I will not have the time or money to
    complete all of them before starting the new job in the same line of work.
    I'm scheduled to start the new job on June 15. I would appreciated your
    suggestions. Thank you.
    kfm6, May 14, 2009
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    Jtyc Guest

    Is it reasonable

    Your marketability won't really be based on certifications. (My opinion)
    It's your experience (or who you know of course). The best thing you can
    do is find a job that will challenge you constantly. Something that makes
    you take on new things. The faster you learn and adapt to technology, the
    better off you'll be.

    If your job doesn't allow for that, you'll have to take things on on your
    Jtyc, May 15, 2009
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    JohnB Guest

    The more certs you have the more marketable you are. There was a time, when
    there were LOTS of IT jobs, that certs weren't as important. But right now
    they're more important than ever. Employers want to see some type of proof
    that you have the knowledge that you say you have. And whether it's right
    or wrong, they rely on certifications for that.

    But you also need job experience. And some type of college degree would
    help. Remember, right now with the economy the way it is, for even for the
    most basic computer jobs, you're competing against other people with
    bachelor degrees, IT experience AND certs. So the more you have the better.
    A MCSE is a lot of work. But, it will make you much more marketable than
    the A+ or Server+.
    You're not going to be able to get a MCSE in 3 weeks.

    Get all the IT experience you can, even if you have to volunteer your time.
    And get some certs. If you have the time and money, go for the MCSE.
    JohnB, May 15, 2009
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    Jtyc Guest

    The more certs you have the more marketable you are. There was a time,
    That hasn't been my experience at all. Your certifications can't answer
    interview questions, you have to. And any experienced interviewer can tell
    when someone is quoting a book vs. speaking from real world experience.

    But, this is all my opinion so take it for what it's worth.
    Jtyc, May 15, 2009
  5. But first you have to GET the interview. And if I'm looking at a stack of
    resumes for a job, and I've not already eliminated the candidates for
    obvious reasons like lack of Job Experience, or undocumented lapses in
    employment, or egregarious errors in grammar or spelling on the resume, or
    just a general lack of written communication skills -- then I have to decide
    who gets on the short list to sit in a conference room with me for an hour.

    All other things being equal... the candidate with advanced (and Current!)
    certifications is going to rise to the top of the stack.
    Absolutely! And, every once in a while, I've (unfortunately) discovered that
    the candidate I'm interviewing doesn't really know what the piece of paper
    they hold suggests they should know.

    But to John's point.. it's about *marketability*, and *marketability* is
    what gets you the invitation for an interview so that you can answer those
    questions and demonstrate your exceptional product knowledge and technical

    And, as a personal testimonial -- I've had a lot more doors open up to me
    with MCITP and MCDBA after my name in the past two years than I did when my
    only cert was an MCP on Windows 95 in 1999 when any idiot should have been
    able to get a Y2K job -- even with fifteen years of Unix experience on six
    different platforms prior to that! :)

    So, to that point, you bet I'll keep my certs current -- even if only to
    keep the doors open.

    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCITP:EA, MCDBA
    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;
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/Lawrence.Garvin
    Lawrence Garvin [MVP], May 15, 2009
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    Kline Sphere Guest

    ms certs are a waste of space. anyone who says otherwise is either
    stupid, a brain dump provider or a worthless ms partner.

    experience, and the ability to prove that experience, are all that
    count, ms cert do neither.

    Kline Sphere (Chalk) MCNGP #3
    Kline Sphere, May 15, 2009
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    Kline Sphere Guest

    The more certs you have the more marketable you are.

    you tools crack me up, lol

    Kline Sphere (Chalk) MCNGP #3
    Kline Sphere, May 15, 2009
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    Jtyc Guest

    ms certs are a waste of space. anyone who says otherwise is either
    They have their place. I got my SharePoint Configuration cert because it
    was a requirement on a contract. I didn't have to study for it though, just
    using the product gives you enough knowledge to pass the test.
    Jtyc, May 15, 2009
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    Gabe Guest

    There was a time when you could get your foot in the door based on your Uncle
    Joe referring you as a "computer-guy"... but these days are about over imo.

    First you need the certificate to get the interview... then you need the
    experience to pass the interview.

    Also, getting certified is a great way to measure yourself when you are
    inexperienced, so that you can go to your early interviews with confidence.
    Even after being in the industry for years, I still like to see that I can
    pass these tests, particularly when they are on topics I don't regularly see.

    Anyway, if its worthless to you, perhaps its because you just haven't
    figured out how to use it.
    Gabe, May 29, 2009
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    Gabe Guest

    Get your A+.

    It's a good start and you can get it quickly.
    Gabe, May 29, 2009
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    PAJ Guest

    You seem to be getting confused between the mcse and the mcngp!
    PAJ, May 29, 2009
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    Jtyc Guest

    First you need the certificate to get the interview...

    Again, this hasn't been my experience at all.
    I went and got my MCSE back in the day because I thought it would increase
    my marketability, turns out it did nothing for me. MS certifications have
    been worthless for the most part, today I only get a certification if a
    contract stipulates it as a requirement.
    Jtyc, Jun 11, 2009
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