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Should I go for Certifications??

By eth001 ·
Hi,
I am a MS student in Computer Systems Engineering specializing in Computer Networking. I am currently in the second semester in one of the very good universities in the US. I was wondering if anyone would advise me on whether I should go for the MCSE and the CCNP certifications. I am planning to take up both and complete the certifications by the time I graduate. What are the benefits of these ceritifications? In the end, will it really matter if a MS graduate has the MCSE and the CCNP? What are the chances of me getting a good job ignoring other parameters like my interview performance etc? I also do not have any work experience..
I would really appreciate any advice,
Awaiting a reply,
Thank you,
Shashank

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by zlitocook In reply to Should I go for Certifica ...

Get the Certs. But take your time they are expensive and you won?t need them until you start looking. Experience is 90% of what employers look for. I have seen a four-year collage grad get passed over for a two-year degree because the person had a few years more experience then he did. Nine out of ten employers don?t care about Certs as long as you can do the job right.

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by G... In reply to Should I go for Certifica ...

Think about it when you have time to take the certs. If you think of doing it this autumn it may be to late. Remember that windows is coming with new version of windows, office,... this year so it may be wise to wait for certification for Vista since I do beleive that it takes some times to take the cert. Would be too silly to get your cert done in a year and people not looking for those then.
But cert are important if it's for an actual product

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by searchme1234 In reply to Should I go for Certifica ...

Hi
I think you should go in for CCNP.

regards

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by eth001 In reply to Should I go for Certifica ...

Thank you very much for the advice. I am also working as a System Administrator on campus. The job functions are very much similar with troubleshooting and managing and maintaining the server and computers. There are some 80+ computers and 3 servers. The OS are Server 2003, XP and 2000 and some MACs...
Do you think that the employers will consider this as job experience? Ive been on the job fro more than 5 months now.
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by Wayne M. In reply to Should I go for Certifica ...

I'd defer taking the certification exams. For your first job out of school, your degree and campus work experience will be a deciding factor. I am not sure that you will get sufficient credit for the certifications straight out of school.

If you defer the certifications until you have landed your first job, you can have your employer pay for the certifications and may also get a bonus for getting the certification.

Having the certification when looking for your second job is valuable. I doubt the value, though, for your first job. Wait, then take the most current version of the certification and get you employer to pay for it as well.

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by Tig2 In reply to Should I go for Certifica ...

First, define "good job". You have decided to work in IT but what arena, specifically. When my primary function was Network Engineering, I got the certs and kept them current. When I started down the PM route, the certs meant very little. If I want to call myself a Microsoft Specialist, I need the certs, if I want to manage a migration, I need PM certs.

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