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SQL and other certifications for 2nd/3rd line support job (or similar position)

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by mik, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. mik

    mik New Member

    Hi All,

    I am currently re-training to go into a new field due to redundancy. Ideally, i am hoping to find work in 2nd/3rd line support/ SD / desktop support / IT support /network admin area.

    I have 6 years of experience working in the FS IT, including 1st line support, projects (hands on), disaster recovery and operations. In my current role i mainly support a mainframe so i decided to get some MS qualifications to improve my chances of finding work in the above field

    at present i have:

    MCITP: Enterprise Server 2008, SE
    MCITP: Exchange server 2007 Admin
    MCITP: Sharepoint 2010 admin
    ITIL Foundation v3
    Bsc (Hons) Computing with IT (2:2)

    my questions:

    can you recommend an appropriate SQL qualification for a support role? e.g. should i study MCITP: SQL server 2008 or DBA

    i am considering doing MS virtualisation MCTS since i cant afford to go on a VM course. Anyone who works in this field think its a good idea?

    Any other certifications you can recommend e.g. Biztalk?

    Thank you in advance,

    Best regards

  2. AJ

    AJ 01000001 01100100 01101101 01101001 01101110 Administrator

    Removed double post, oh and welcome.
    Certifications: MCSE, MCSA (messaging), ITIL Foundation v3
    WIP: Breathing in and out, but not out and in, that's just wrong
  3. kevicho

    kevicho Gigabyte Poster


    All seems good so far, although try not to neglect soft skills (such as ITIL, Prince etc) as these are also considered valuable.

    Havent done any SQL certs so not sure what to recommend tbh
    Certifications: A+, Net+, MCSA Server 2003, 2008, Windows XP & 7 , ITIL V3 Foundation
    WIP: CCNA Renewal
  4. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

    The MS SQL certs are pretty easy, theres very little real SQL in them, its largely how to use the management studio, knowledge of backups etc. However if you don't currently use MS SQL Server then you should not pursue them.

    Likewise if you don't use Biztalk, don't certify on it, simples...

    There are already far too many bullsh!t%rs in the SOA space already...:dry
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2011

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