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Which certifications have brought you the most success?

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Rob1234, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. Rob1234

    Rob1234 Megabyte Poster

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    I was reading the poll about whether your certifications had paid for themselves and it got me thinking out of all the certifications and degrees/masters etc. you have done which ones have been the most valuable to you?

    You don't have to answer from a financial point of view you can measure success by knowledge, confidence, promotion, getting a job, enjoyment however you want.
     
    Certifications: A few.
  2. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

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    Probably SCJP for me, because It has probably helped me land more jobs. I wouldn't say it affected any of the other areas much.
    HND taught me the most, was most enjoyable and gave me the most confidence.
    My Degree meant that I could enter the sector in the first place, without it gaining my first job would have been virtually impossible.
     
    Certifications: CITP, BSc, HND, SCJP, SCJD, SCWCD, SCBCD, SCEA, N+, Sec+, Proj+, Server+, Linux+, MCTS, MCPD, MCSA, MCITP, CCDH
  3. craigie

    craigie Terabyte Poster

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    MCSE opened up 3rd Line Support for me, so that was a big milestone.
     
    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
  4. ade1982

    ade1982 Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    my M.Eng, as I have had one job, and that's what got it for me
     
  5. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Honestly, for me, non really. I started as a desktop support and before starting that job, I already achieved the A+, MCP, and Network+. It looked nice, but it wasn't why I got the job. Till this day, every job I had, wasn't obtained because of a certification, but more from experience.

    It also depends what industry you're working in. In my case, I only started consulting 5 years in and only for a few months before I switched to another in house IT job.
     
    Certifications: A+ | CCA | CCAA | Network+ | MCDST | MCSA | MCP (270, 271, 272, 290, 291) | MCTS (70-662, 70-663) | MCITP:EMA | VCA-DCV/Cloud/WM | VTSP | VCP5-DT | VCP5-DCV
    WIP: VCAP5-DCA/DCD | EMCCA
  6. Jiser

    Jiser Kilobyte Poster

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    My degree.
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), PGc, MCTS:Win 7, MCSA W7/MCITP EDST, ITIL Foundation, Prince 2 Foundation, C&G: Web Design, MOS 07: Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Outlook.
  7. Simonvm

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    My CCENT/CCNA moved me from Support to Network Engineering so that one actually got me somewhere :)

    But they all teached me something though, so I'm happy that I've taken them.
     
    Certifications: MCITP: EST, MCDST, MCTS, A+, N+, CCNP, CCNA Wireless
  8. wagnerk
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    It's kinda hard to say, as alot of certifications/qualifications are either linked or compliment one another.

    The certifications/qualifications that the last 3 jobs I applied for were interested in were:

    1. My Degree - BSc Computing
    2. The MCT - Microsoft Certified Trainer
    3. The MCSA and MCSE (2000 and 2003 version) and the
    4. The MCITP: Enterprise Admin

    That's not to say that the other certifications/qualifications didn't contribute and I'm not taking into account work experience, soft skills or networking with others.
     
    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
  9. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Tough one because I'd say my MCSE helped me get into 3rd line server support but now that I'm here my VCP is by far my most useful certification going forward be that specialising or looking for a new job (which I am not).
     
    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
  10. Rob1234

    Rob1234 Megabyte Poster

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    How many of you think you would have got to where you are career wise without your certs? Would it of just taken longer?
     
    Certifications: A few.
  11. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

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    I think my career would be largely the same, it may have taken slightly longer to land certain jobs, but we are talking months not years.
     
    Certifications: CITP, BSc, HND, SCJP, SCJD, SCWCD, SCBCD, SCEA, N+, Sec+, Proj+, Server+, Linux+, MCTS, MCPD, MCSA, MCITP, CCDH
  12. Monkeychops

    Monkeychops Kilobyte Poster

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    Either my degree as that helped me get my first job (wouldn't have got it without), or my CISSP as that's helped get me where I am now.
     
  13. invierno

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    MCSA opened the door into IT for me. My Master's in Computer Engineering and my VCP4 have put a lot of things over the top.
     
    Certifications: See Signature
    WIP: Java, Linux
  14. Shinigami

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    I believe my MCSE was the one which got me my first 'serious' positions.
     
    Certifications: MCSE, MCITP, MCDST, MOS, CIW, Comptia
    WIP: Win7/Lync2010/MCM
  15. Rob1234

    Rob1234 Megabyte Poster

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    When did you get your MCSE?
     
    Certifications: A few.
  16. Shinigami

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    I got my MCSE 2000 at the end of 2003, and I upgraded to MCSE 2003 at the beginning of 2004. Later that summer I landed a great systems admin job with AD and Exchange responsibilities.
     
    Certifications: MCSE, MCITP, MCDST, MOS, CIW, Comptia
    WIP: Win7/Lync2010/MCM
  17. parman05

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    None yet for me. Just have to wait for a job.
     
    Certifications: A+, Network +, MCTS WIN7 (70-680), MCITP WIN7 (70-685), MCSA WIN7, Linux +,LPIC-1, Novell CLA 11, SUSE 11 Tech Spec, DC Tech Spec
    WIP: 70-640, 70-642, security +, CCNA

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