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Uni and Cert`s

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by decrash, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. decrash

    decrash New Member

    I am currently studying Computer Networks in uni part time, still have 2 years left, 4,5 years in total. Should I start thinking about certifications too ? As i was thinking that they will get old by the time I will start looking for job ? I already have MCSA + messaging, but that was back 1 year ago and it is already useless as most of the companies are running server 2008 . Thanks
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  2. shadowwebs

    shadowwebs Megabyte Poster

    I would say remain focused on your university course as if you put your mind on too many different projects then your university course may take a backseat.

    I presume you are wanting to get more in to Networks than the Technician technical sides?
    Certifications: compTIA A+, Apple Certified Technical Coordinator 10.10 (OS X Yosemite, Server and Support)
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  3. simongrahamuk
    Honorary Member

    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

    A subject that has been covered a thousand times before on here.

    As has already been suggested stick in wth your Uni. As a long term option it will undoubtedly be more valuable to you than certs.

    You have already mentioned that you have the MCSA+ Messaging, and although this may be in 2003 it will still show to employers that you have the skills and ability to learn the technology as and when required. It could also help to show them that you have an understanding of what is really required it todays market place skill set and set you apart from other candidates who just have a degree expecting to walk into a job.
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  4. JK2447
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    JK2447 Petabyte Poster Administrator

    Focus on your degree to get as high a grade as possible. A 2.1 or 1st will serve you well in life in my humble opinion. You are being wise to look into what certifications are about I'd say, although looking now could mean that it's all changed by the time you finish your degree so don't look to hard into it.

    Once you get your degree, depending on what field interests you, a few more certs won't do any harm but don't become certified past your experience level. A new MCSE wouldn't hold much weight with no work experience not to mention make it really difficult to pass. Get your foot in the door of a company and make sure your certs match your experience, that's the key. Good luck

    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, VSP, VTSP
    WIP: AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate
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  5. Rob1234

    Rob1234 Megabyte Poster

    Just enjoy uni and worry about certs later!!
    Certifications: A few.
  6. drum_dude

    drum_dude Gigabyte Poster

    Yep, agree 100% with everyone else! You need all the time you can get for your degree, so plow all your time and effort into getting a good grade!
    Certifications: MCSA , N+, A+ ,ITIL V2, MCTS
    WIP: MCITP 2008 Ent Admin, Server Admin, Exchange 2010, Lync 2010, CCNA & VCP5

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