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Is it worth taking microsoft exams (MCDST exam)

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by lynamcool, Sep 21, 2009.

  1. lynamcool

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    hi


    i will try to cut a long story short

    just been to the jobcentre to look at jobs in IT and i was speaking to an adviser regarding IT jobs and they seem to think anyone looking for a start in computer jobs (As i have never had a job before and i would like to start in IT, and only studied for a BTEC National diploma at college for 2 years) will have needed to go to university.....so is it worth taking the mcdst exams to go alongside my BTEC if you have not been to university as this has me thinking its not worth it now to do the MCDST if it means nothing as i thought before it would give me the chance to break into the it industry

    what do you advise?

    thanks :D
     
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  2. greenbrucelee
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    The first certs to go for are compTIA A+, compTIA N+ and then the MCDST and you can these by self study and not with some company that will charge you loads of money.;
     
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  3. lynamcool

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    hi

    thanks for the reply

    im under the impression now to get a job in computers you will need an university qualification before microsoft exams or others are considers

    do i really need a university qualification? the self taught exams should be better than university i would think for a helpdesk job :blink
     
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  4. greenbrucelee
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    you don't need to go to university to get into IT at all. I went to uni and its taking me years and I am just breaking the surface now.

    If I could go back in time I would have done my certs got a job and done uni part time whilst working.
     
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  5. Evilwheato

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    No need to go to university to work in IT. Study for the A+, N+ and MCDST and go from there. Some companies will employ you without certifications as long as you have a willingness to learn- so start applying for jobs now :)
     
  6. kevicho

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    The jobcentre are talking out of their a$$es, anyone who is hiring staff would prefer experience over certs and university, as someone once told me, university is commonly viewed as two-three years getting drunk and while im not on the same wavelength there I do look at the whole package, me personally if I were starting out in IT I would be looking at gaining some experience voluntarily and spamming every company I could with a cover letter and CV to get a trainee role, and would be working on getting some basic certifications such as an MCP, or MCDST, A+ Network+ etc to show competance.

    This is a quicker way to get your foot in the door, as another common complaint regarding uni in the IT sector is that the technology taught is usually behind the times.

    Save Time and Money and get spamming local companies.
     
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  7. Sparky
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    Does this "someone" have a degree? :rolleyes:
     
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    That's probably true for an art or media degree but a lot of computer science degrees are hard and will probably take away all your free time if you want to get a good grade.
     
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  9. wagnerk
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    I would disagree, that is a big generalisation, plus it depends on the job.

    However for entry level jobs, yes certs are more desirable.

    -Ken

    BTW, no need to post the same thread in multiple parts of the forum :)
     
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  10. lynamcool

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    he he sorry Ken :) just after i was told that in the job center i was feeling a bit in limbo
    needed some good info :biggrin

    anyone else have some advice
     
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  11. BosonMichael
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    Same advice as you were given above. College degrees are more helpful later in your career; they're not necessary for entry-level tech work.

    If you do decide to pursue a degree, get an entry-level tech job NOW and keep working while you're in school. It can be done; I'm living proof - I worked full time while going to school full time.
     
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