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IT certifications help

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by liam evans, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. liam evans

    liam evans New Member

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    Hello,

    I have recently completed a postgraduate course at uni in Information Systems (having previously done an undergraduate degree in an non-IT field) and as the majority of graduate IT jobs require IT experience (which I do not have), I now realise that to break into the industry at lower level (i.e first line support) you need some IT certification (i.e. MCAD /MCSD / MCTS / MCPD etc.).

    As I have not much experience in the IT field, can someone just briefly explain what these Microsoft certifications are and how does one study for them without having to pay training companies, i.e. where do you get the learning material.

    Also, can someone breakdown the order in which you take these certifications or can you take any one without any prerequistes.

    thanks
     
  2. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Have you thought about a graduate training program?

    You do not need IT Certifications to enter the IT Field, but certain ones do help.

    See here for an overview.

    Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) are Microsoft's entry level qualifications, but from that:
    MCTS/MCITP route: Are aimed at people with one or more years working with/supporting the technology.
    MCTS/MCPD route: Are aimed at people with one of more years working with/creating/programing with the .Net framework.

    Personally, I would say do the entry level certs first, including the non-vendor specific ones like the Comptia A+ and Network+, then go from there.

    -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. Wasim

    Wasim New Member

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    Dear Friend
    My personal advice is that go fro MCITP because now a days if u have certification but the current one than it is also useless.
     
  4. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    Friend!!! I completely and utterly disagree with your comments. The MCITP is a Professional level exam (certainly as far as Microsoft are concerned) and as such requires you to actually have a clue when it comes to the products. Advising someone wanting to break into the IT arena to get such a certificate does much more harm than good, not only does it make it difficult for the person to break into IT (who hires someone with said certificate and no experience) but it also devalues the actual certification for those of us with the experience.

    Please stop and have a think about this in the future, these are not entry level certificates, you certainly wouldn't advise someone to sit the CCNP as a new comer to IT, don't do it with the more senior MS exams.

    OP. Go down the route of the Comptia and entry level MS exams (MTA, MCDST) instead of something like the MCITP and MCSE.
     
    Certifications: CNA | CNE | CCNA | MCP | MCP+I | MCSE NT4 | MCSA 2003 | Security+ | MCSA:S 2003 | MCSE:S 2003 | MCTS:SCCM 2007 | MCTS:Win 7 | MCITP:EDA7 | MCITP:SA | MCITP:EA | MCTS:Hyper-V | VCP 4 | ITIL v3 Foundation | VCP 5 DCV | VCP 5 Cloud | VCP6 NV | VCP6 DCV | VCAP 5.5 DCA
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  5. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    While it's your own opinion (everyone is entitled to it :) ), I have to disagree. There are alot of companies using XP, rather than Vista or Windows 7. Or using 2000/2003 rather than 2008/2008 r2. In alot of cases having certifications geared up to what the companies have is a better benefit than having the "latest & greatest" certs.

    -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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  6. zet

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    Hi Liam,

    I'm in a similar position to you, I completed my MSc in Comp Science a few months ago and came from a Multimedia tech and design background. Getting into IT is hard, as I'm sure you've come to experience this. I did a module on Information systems...have you thought about going for a database/data modelling type of job? I see alot of jobs wanting SQL..
     
    Certifications: BSc, MSc, A+

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