Is your MCSE worth the time and effort?

You invested the time and money, but has it all paid off for you in the end? In this edition of In Response, we want to know how your MCSE has affected, or not affected, your life.

In Response offers a weekly roundup of feedback from TechRepublic members intended to help inform you and your peers about critical issues in the world of IT. This week, we open the floor to comments on the value of an MCSE.
A few months and a couple grand later…
It took months to achieve, but you’ve finally done it. You’ve passed your MCSE exams, and now you’re reaping the benefits from the long hours and loads of cash you invested. Or are you?

I know several MCSEs, and because of what I’ve heard from them, I have often wondered if it’s actually worth the time, effort, and cash to take the tests. Sure, there is the promise of making a six-figure salary, but does it ever really happen? Has anyone actually landed a great job in the field of IT because of their MCSE certification?

Then there is the “little” problem with Microsoft announcing that they’re retiring the MCSE for NT4 a few months down the road. We’ve recently heard from members who have spent the time and money to become an MCSE, and a large majority of them aren’t exactly thrilled that a certification that they have worked so hard for will be worthless in the eyes of Microsoft in roughly a year and a half.
You’ve heard about the debate regarding Microsoft retiring the MCSE NT4 certification. TechRepublic members have voiced their opinion regarding this subject, and you can read all about it in tomorrow’s edition of Point and Counterpoint, found only in the Support Republic!
So what do you think?
My question to our members is quite simple: Was it worth becoming an MCSE? Do you have a great job in the IT field making the money that you always dreamed of? Or have you’ve received your certification and can’t seem to land a well-paying job to save your life?

Regardless of your situation, we want to know about it! Feel free to post a comment or send us an e-mail with your thoughts. If you have an interesting response, you may be published in a future edition of In Response.
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