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By CLRohm ·
I have the opportunity to either 1 - complete my college and get a BS in computer science or 2 - get my MCSE. At present I cannot do both and am wondering which one would enhance my career more. Any ideas out there?

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by joel In reply to Education Opportunities

This is a question I recently had to answer for myself. It came down to this. Do I want my career to be focused on working with computers, making them sing and dance, or working with people in a technical/management role? For me, I get more personal and professional satisfaction from working with people and helping them achieve their professional goals than I do working with computers and making them peform.

Because of this I've chosen to go back to college and finish my degree. I hope to also be able to pursue my MBA when done with my Bachelors. This, I believe, makes me a more well rounded individual with more prosepects than getting my MCSE and being able to land a good networking position.

If I had no aspirations for management and some day a CIO position then the certifications could be achieved sooner and would also mean more money sooner.

Hope this helps.

Good Luck

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by CLRohm In reply to Education Opportunities

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by jwilson In reply to Education Opportunities

Well lookat it this way Kids are comeing out of high scool with a MCSE ( locally about 1/3 ). Here were I work an MCSE is an entry level unless you have at least a BS in some Computer Science. I would finish the BA first. In some locations you can also get general credits for the MCSE course work. That is why our local High schoolers are getting it.

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by JPL In reply to Education Opportunities

The most marketable applicant will have that sheepskin with "Computer Sciences" on it. Once that is obtained, go ahead and get the MCSE. Given a choice between two applicants, one with the degree, and the other with just the MCSE, I'd hire the candidate with the degree. Of two degree'd candidates, I'd hire the once with additional certifications based on my corporate need. A BS never goes out of style, the MCSE by design is outdated after 4 years. Just ask those going for the NT 4.0 track now!
Good luck to you in your studies, either way.

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by nkarls26065 In reply to Education Opportunities

The Sunday, February 27-00 Want ads section of the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper answers this question directly. Long-term, the BS degree will most likely help you more.
Short-term, the MCSE will benefit you most.
I encourage you to look at the big picture
when it comes to career enhancement. Consider items that will make you a very effective communicator. Communication skills are a very important part of career
advancement. Good luck as you sort through these issues.

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by crashman In reply to Education Opportunities

I'm am a network consultant with only my AS degree and certifications in both Novell and Microsoft. I have not had the need to pursue my BS as of yet. I recently came from a job as a system engineer. So if you wish to go for more money now and management later in life I would recommend the MCSE first, BS in computer science 2nd. My income level is good enough to make my life comfortable. One thing to keep in mind is what is more demanding in your area. A education (BS) or certification??
Tim Brz

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