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MCSE? Still worth it?

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by Gareth.Harle, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. Gareth.Harle

    Gareth.Harle Bit Poster

    Hi All,

    I'm sure this has been asked before but I'm just about to get back into study now that my work place is becoming a Microsoft IT Academy in September. I'm and MCSA on Server 2003 and is it really worth going for the MCSE or should I transfer over to the Server 2008 stuff and work towards those higher certifications instead. We use 2003 in our environment right now but I may be looking to move us over to 2008 over the coming 12 months due to some major rework needed.

    Think I already know the answer but any thoughts would be great!


    Certifications: MCSA, MCT, MCITP:EST
    WIP: Not sure yet
  2. wagnerk
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    To be honest, since you're already a MCSA and because you still have 12 months before the upgrades. I would say finish off your MCSE then do the upgrades.

    I don't know if you're going to stay at your place of work (partly due to this, BSF in your area), but if you don't alot of companies are still using 2003 and will continue to for a good few years to come.

    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
    WIP: PGDip
  3. DublinJoe

    DublinJoe New Member

    If you are going to be moving to Server 2008 R2 over the next 12 months, you will be doing a lot of research into it. It would be far more useful to combine research & study & do the 2008 exams instead.
  4. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

    Ken is right.

    A lot of employers still aren't familiar with the MCITP certification, unable to distinguish the difference between an MCITP: EST and an MCITP: EA. As we know the difference between the two is substantial.

    If you do a search on a jobsite you will find a lot more results for MCSE than MCITP (for now).

    Lastly I personally wouldn't be happy never gaining my MCSE. It could potentially be the last time Microsoft call you a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. For years its been the premier MS cert so I couldn't not get this first. That plus when I do get my MCSE its only 2 exams to make me a MCITP: EA :D

    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV
  5. craigie

    craigie Terabyte Poster

    Yes it is.
    Certifications: CCA | CCENT | CCNA | CCNA:S | HP APC | HP ASE | ITILv3 | MCP | MCDST | MCITP: EA | MCTS:Vista | MCTS:Exch '07 | MCSA 2003 | MCSA:M 2003 | MCSA 2008 | MCSE | VCP5-DT | VCP4-DCV | VCP5-DCV | VCAP5-DCA | VCAP5-DCD | VMTSP | VTSP 4 | VTSP 5
  6. Gareth.Harle

    Gareth.Harle Bit Poster

    Thanks guys that has given me a good starting point. Cheers :)
    Certifications: MCSA, MCT, MCITP:EST
    WIP: Not sure yet

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