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Certification, what's a good route?

By ryogakun ·
So I'm new in the workforce, bottom of the totem pole.

I'm a computer operator for a datacenter that uses an IBM Mainframe complete with Tape Libraries, JES2, JCL, the works. We also have a few hundred Windows 2000 and 2003 servers that (according to plan at least) will slowly take the place of the Mainframe over the next 5 years.

Getting to my question, What Certifications/qualifications would be most useful moving up in the world?

I'm not in a big hurry, and I'm slowly piece-mealing together my degree. Should I try for Cisco, MCSE, etc? And if so, which ones should I put priority on? Also, as a corollary, what programming languages would be useful to learn in the future?

I'm leaning in the direction of being an administrator one day, but being new in the field, I'll take what doors are open to me.

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by Matt.Altman In reply to Certification, what's a g ...

If you want to be an admin one day then I would hit up MCSE first. This will give you a great start with Active Directory, group policy, and server maintenance in general. After that, a Cisco cert would not hurt. Just be aware that these certs are only for Cisco. The info would be pretty much useless in my opinion in a place that does not use Cisco. As far as programming languages....that is all up to you. Java, C++, and .NET seem to be big. And suprisingly enough, COBOL programmers are a hot commodity right now (seeing that the majority of code in existence is COBOL).

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