Play the Certification Game to Win
Certification it's expensive, and it's hard work. So is it worth it, to get a few letters after your name? That's the $64,000 question. The first thing to think about is what a certification like Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) or Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) actually means. It shows prospective employers that you know certain things, but plenty of networking professionals also know those things without necessarily having a certification to prove it. So, particularly with the lower-level certifications, an employer may be less impressed with the certification than with a few years' experience. A common mistake among IT rookies is the assumption that a low-level certification will open the door to IT jobs. It doesn't.
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