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Got my MCSE - Future Plans?

Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by andy768, Oct 23, 2007.

  1. andy768

    andy768 Bit Poster

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    Hi all,
    Yesterday I passed my MCSE. Its taken a lot of hard work and studying but I believe its been worth it - both for the qualification and the knowledge I've picked up in my day to day work.
    Luckily I'm a with a company who are happy to pay for any training/qualifications I wish to do so I'm wondering on what to do next? I took the first two modules of the CCNA within Uni so I'd like to pick up on that but I was thinking I might take the A+ and Network+ exams first to "pad out" my CV in terms of qualifications as they seem to be highly respected?
    Any thoughts on the above would be appreciated.
    As a thank you for reading, I also have a 15% off voucher for exam 70-294 I never got round to using as I got a free exam from Prometric as it kept crashing one time! Just PM me if you want it.
    Thanks
     
    Certifications: BSc, MCP, MCSA, MCSE
    WIP: A+, Network+, CCNA
  2. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Congrats on attaining the MCSE, as for what's next, it depends where you want to go.

    The entry level certs like the A+, Network+, Security+ are great foundations even if you have the MCSE, especially if you are going to move out of a MS environment or going to go into a speciality (eg MCSA: Security, MCSE: Security), or if you want to increase your basics :)

    -ken
     
    Certifications: CITP, PGCert, BSc, HNC, LCGI, PTLLS, MCT, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, MCSA:M, MCSA, MCDST, MCP, MTA, MCAS, MOS (Master), A+, N+, S+, ACA, VCA, etc... & 2nd Degree Black Belt
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  3. BosonMichael
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    Getting the A+ and Network+ certainly couldn't hurt. If they're just a review for you, they'll look good on the CV... and if there's info on there that's new to you, then you needed to learn it anyway! :)

    Considering you're already working in IT, the CCNA would be worthwhile after picking up the A+ and Network+.
     
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
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  4. onoski

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    Congratulations on attaining the accolade:D
     
    Certifications: MCSE: 2003, MCSA: 2003 Messaging, MCP, HNC BIT, ITIL Fdn V3, SDI Fdn, VCP 4 & VCP 5
    WIP: MCTS:70-236, PowerShell
  5. onoski

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    Which study materials did you find most helpful and useful for the exam. Please, am not in support of using illegal prep guides either. Thanks in advance.
     
    Certifications: MCSE: 2003, MCSA: 2003 Messaging, MCP, HNC BIT, ITIL Fdn V3, SDI Fdn, VCP 4 & VCP 5
    WIP: MCTS:70-236, PowerShell
  6. andy768

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    I would say I found the official course material the most valuable. For each exam, I bought the official courseware book, which of course has the added bonus of coming with a 180 days trial version of Server/Exchange. You can then create multiple virtual environments without having to purchase the licensed versions. I would say, and I'm sure others would agree, that without hands on experience of some kind, you are always going to really struggle no matter how well you understand the theory behind the text. The courseware also came with 15% dicounts for each of the exam, so it more or less pays for itself anyway, plus I now have a handy reference guide.

    I also found Transcender exam prep software useful, it helps you gauge the type of question to expect on the exam especially if you are taking MCP exams for the first time.

    Finally, its just a case of putting the time/hard work in, and you can't beat making notes on a piece of paper/post it notes to help summarise an issue as well as viewing a particular subject from a different source to attempt to get a different take on an issue.

    Finally finally, just dont give up. I had days where the material seemed really hard but I stuck with it and got there in the end!

    Hope this helps
     
    Certifications: BSc, MCP, MCSA, MCSE
    WIP: A+, Network+, CCNA
  7. wizard

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    Congratulations 8)
     
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  8. Sparky
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    Congrats on the MCSE mate :biggrin
     
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  9. tripwire45
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    Congratulations, Andy. :D
     
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  10. onoski

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    Thanks for the feedback Andy, really useful and insightful:D
     
    Certifications: MCSE: 2003, MCSA: 2003 Messaging, MCP, HNC BIT, ITIL Fdn V3, SDI Fdn, VCP 4 & VCP 5
    WIP: MCTS:70-236, PowerShell
  11. Firemouse

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    I have the official microsoft courseware books to... how do you get the 15% off?
     
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  12. andy768

    andy768 Bit Poster

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    Certifications: BSc, MCP, MCSA, MCSE
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    If you are using that MS Press Training Kits, you may be able to use the code on any exam. For example I just used the code from my 70-620 book for my 70-292 exam. The code is only good once.
     
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  14. andy768

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    Yeah I had hoped for that, the code I had remaining (70-294) wasnt able to be used on 70-297.:(
     
    Certifications: BSc, MCP, MCSA, MCSE
    WIP: A+, Network+, CCNA
  15. Ritu Sharma

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    Congratulations!

    Ritu Sharma
     

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