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How difficult is MCSE?

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by JazzyJay, Nov 4, 2006.

  1. JazzyJay

    JazzyJay Bit Poster

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    Guys,

    Now I've landed a Helpdesk role with my currunt employer and earning 4k more than I did I would like to consider taking my MCSE next year at my local college at weekends, They are curruntly charging £995 for MCSE, MCSA, MCP, CompTIA Security+, OCR, iPRO over a 42 week period and although I completed my A+ with them and found them to be very honest and a highly reputable adult college my question is...
    Is it possible to successfully study for MCSE etc as I am only A+ certified and been working in a Helpdesk for a few weeks my knowledge level lets say its still quite basic.

    I know the college well and found their facilities excellent but dont want to waste 1000k on a course I have no chance of understanding/passing etc..

    Would it be more beneficial to go for Network+ next then MCSE or is it possible to save a few hundred quid and go straight for the juggular which is MCSE,MCSA etc..

    Cheers Guys.
     
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  2. Sandy

    Sandy Ex-Member

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    It depends on your current level of knowlage! I found doing my A+, N+ and MCSE (W2K) a challange! It took me about 2 years to do and I had 15 years experance under my belt.

    If you do A+ and N+ you can count this as one MCP towards your MCSA and you are 50% of the way there on that one.

    Good luck
     
  3. Sparky
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    It does depend on your current IT experience. Its also worth considering the volume of work required for the MCSE, 7 exams! :biggrin
     
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  4. zimbo
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    zimbo Petabyte Poster

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    do network+ or you will struggle with 70-291, one of the exams needed to get MCSA and MCSE. Also that price they quoting isnt bad if i have read correctly!:biggrin
     
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  5. Bluerinse
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    I would say it depends on your experience and learning aptitude. The MCSE is targeted at people that have at least a years experience looking after Microsoft server products. There is much to learn and it's a long slog. I am sure many people drop out along the way, I know a mate of mine did after he coughed up 11500 bucks. He is now an MCP.

    I would do the N+ next and then go for MCSA. If you still feel the need for the MCSE you can still go on and do that later.
     
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  6. tuvanit

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    Well, take MCSA and do your job. I think it just takes you up to 2 years at least.
     
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  7. JazzyJay

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    Thanks for your comments guys.

    I think i'm getting carried away really..
    Only just landed the job so I think ill just do the Network+ and then actually do the job for a year or two then maybe take an XP course perhaps just to get used to Microsoft exams as I am told at work they can be a bit long winded!

    Then decide what to do then I guess
     
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  8. Sparky
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    Might be worth going for Vista exams by then mate :biggrin
     
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