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MCDST more 'useful' or recognisable for a first IT job?

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by jo74, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. jo74

    jo74 Byte Poster

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    How aware (or unaware for that matter) are employers/agencies about the CompTia certs? If I'm an MCP and it's on my CV, is it more likely to be 'noticed'?
     
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  2. greenbrucelee
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    MCP is more recognisable but thats not to say getting compTIA certs are useless.
     
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  3. j1mgg

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    I would think the MCDST will be more quickly recognised by agencies doing searches when looking for cvs.
     
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  4. craigie

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    The MCP and MCDST are in my opinion are more wideley recongnised than any CompTIA qualification.
     
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  5. BosonMichael
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    Although the previous posters are correct, why worry one way or the other? Get both! :)
     
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  6. michael78

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    I always say do the A+ and Network+ for knowledge as they in my opinion don't hold much value in the UK. MCDST will be more valued in getting a job than CompTIA certs.
     
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  7. asus_user

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    I agree with BosonMichael, why not get both? :oops: Just my 2 cents.
     
  8. Gingerdave

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    Having done both I find that the A+ is very useful when diagnosing hardware issues as the MCDST doesn't really cover hardware issues so they really are both worth having.
     
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  9. greenbrucelee
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    Agreed that you should have the A+, N+ before MCDST. In my opinion a tech should know hardware and software because you cant have one without the other.
     
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  10. asus_user

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    +1 :biggrin
     
  11. mamschklid

    mamschklid New Member

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    Craigie is rght - the MCDST is a higher-end cert, HOWEVER it's worth noting that the COMPTIA certs are vendor neutral, so if you choose to go elsewhere other thhan the microsoft realm it shows you have good founding knowledge in more than just one area.
    Worth remembering!
    SJ
     

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