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What constitutes as experience?

Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by daft_togger, Aug 15, 2009.

  1. daft_togger

    daft_togger Nibble Poster

    I've got about 4/5 years experience in the IT Industry. But that could mean anything. The 2nd level team I joined when I look back now, was a joke. 3rd level teams refused to give us enough exposure to really get our teeth in. So felt I wasted 2 years of my experience trying to get just that.

    I've spend the remainder of my time with the same company, but in a 3rd level team. However due to size of the company estate that team is a very specialist team, only focusing on web servers and some DMZ domains. IIS in my limited experience seems to be fairly stable and is rarely the cause of problems. Problems tend to come from the application side, certainly in my company. As a result I do get very bored with the same basic problems replicated over an expansive estate of Windows Servers.

    So, yes, I can show on my CV that I have 4/5 years of IT experience, but I still don't really feel I can call myself a Techie as I still don't think I know that much about the nitty gritty. This is a primary motivator to my self study and MCSE track. I want to learn, I do really want to extract as much as I can from my learnings and hopefully put it to good use in the future, but feel insecure about my ability to do so, given my real experience. I've built a virtual network now and plan to use that to aid my studies. Will this be enough?

    So far I've sat and passed 70-290 (server) and the 70-620 (Vista) exams, not my huge margins. I'm now studying the much talked about 70-291 (Infrastructure) exam, and only a couple of chapters in so far.

    Sorry, I've lost my train of thought, my post was intended to open up a debate about what consitutes experience in order to give yourself the best possible experience and I guess value add from following an MCSE. I'm not studying in my limited free time just to fill a space on my CV, I really am doing it so I can go on to become a better techie.
    Certifications: 70-290, 70-620
    WIP: 70-291
  2. anthony micallef

    anthony micallef Bit Poster

    I'm in a similar situation so would also be interested in peoples comments. I've worked for a large IT Services company as a 'Systems Administrator' but you couldnt really call it that as its not very technical. Ive been exposed to Active Directory (creating users/workstations/Groups), W2003 Server (very limited), dealing with incidents relating to user migrations and file stores. I've just started my MCSA which im hoping will help take me to better things.
  3. Obinna Osobalu

    Obinna Osobalu Banned

    In very short tech description, experience is having worked with and can still work with a particular technology/product which when confronted with a problem regarding that product, you can be able to critically analyse and proffer solutions which of course when implemented outputs a positive result. Of course one can still get it wrong(but as your experince grows the ratio falls), but then you learn, that then becomes experience too because you know what you did wrong and also a better, quicker solution.

    "Get it done yesterday", is actually most experinced competent techie mantra. :D

    Certifications: MCITP:SA,MCTS(x5),MCSE2K3;MCSA2K3:M;MCP
    WIP: EDA7,70-652,Project+,MSP(70-632)

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