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Worth doing MCDST?

Discussion in 'MCDST' started by immoral giant, Jul 30, 2007.

  1. immoral giant

    immoral giant Nibble Poster

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    Is it worth doing the MCDST?

    I have just passed N+ and did A+ around a year ago.

    I have just started reading up on 70-270.
     
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  2. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    If you have the funds sure why not. Its a good cert to have, teaches quite a bit of stuff. Make sure that you also have experience because to many certs with no experience is going to be hard to find a job.
     
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  3. Tinus1959

    Tinus1959 Gigabyte Poster

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    Depends on what you do and what your goal is. If you are a full blown system admin, I don't think MCDST would give you that much more. If you work on a helpdesk, MCDST is great.
    If you are not working in IT at the moment, MCDST is a good start after A+ and N+.
     
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  4. dales

    dales Gigabyte Poster

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    I'd agree with the others, the mcdst is directed towards a helpdesk type of roleJack wakes up with a huge hangover the night after
    especially the 272 which has alot of configuring office/outlook some of its interesting some isnt depending on where you would like to be heading. Still there is alot of varied experience to be gained from working in a helpdesk role, you get to see all of the sides of the business from the grumpy users to the flakey servers, I think that counts for quite alot and once you've worked in that role I think its easier to get an idea of what you want to do in IT, I've been there done that and know what I want to do.

    Still it is a natural progression from an A+ and N+
     
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  5. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    In my opinion, it's worth it.
     
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  6. Vashal

    Vashal New Member

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    I think it's worth it as well. The company I currently work for is encouraging everyone to become Microsoft certified, but this will become a requirement in the near future. Most entry-level IT jobs I looked at either wanted or required people to have the MCDST cert if applying for a help desk/support type role. My A+ cert and college work helped me into some internships, but the Microsoft certifications seem like they will really help me get my foot in the door and start my career.
     
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  7. Spilly

    Spilly Kilobyte Poster

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    If your doing desktop / helpdesk / technician then it's worth it.
     
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  8. immoral giant

    immoral giant Nibble Poster

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    My current role is an Assistant ICT Technician. Which is pretty much helpdesk but face to face. Mainly hardware problems but also software problems.

    Are the exams both £88 like the other Microsoft exams?

    If so I may take them before progressing the MCSA.
     
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  9. Spilly

    Spilly Kilobyte Poster

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    Yep afraid so, I think mine cost £79.76 inc Vat (inc the 15% voucher discount from MS Press books).

    I think you can use them as an optional
     
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  10. immoral giant

    immoral giant Nibble Poster

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    It appears you can, but I already have the A+ and N+. I think I will do it, I am not in a great rush to leave my current job. Should be more bearable when my supervisor leaves in April.

    Any recommended books or just the Microsoft Press Books?
     
    Certifications: A+, N+
  11. andisen

    andisen New Member

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    I JUST GOT MY study pack for the MCSDT... i ordered the self paced pack...i ma ready to kick i need tips
     

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