Pursuing certificates in IT

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Ívar Þórólfsson, Sep 22, 2003.

  1. Ívar Þórólfsson

    Ívar Þórólfsson Mmmmmm... Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Kopavogur, Iceland
    Hi everyone!

    I know that alot of people here on TB are in the IT industry.

    What I was wondering about if many of you are pursuing IT certificates in one form or another?

    I just finished a hard month.... A month ago I began studying for the Microsoft 70-218 test. I passed it with flying colors two weeks ago and got my MCSA certificate.

    The following night I began studying for the Cisco CCNA test. I only studied for two weeks, which isn´t very much for this test and I passed it today! Yay!

    By the end of the year I´ll have the MCSE as well.

    How are you guys/gals doing? Pursing any certificates?
  2. temp5897

    temp5897 Guest

    Actually, here in the US those are considered "certificates" and not the same as a degree from a University. It is generally for people who want to be in the field but don't want to complete a 4+ year study in computer science. However to do IT, you really don't need a computer science degree since most of it is just learning how to use products already developed and on the market.

    It can be a good field to get into if you enjoy the stuff and pretty good pay can also be found for it if you are good. Especially with the cisco stuff...I'm not personally going after any of those certificates as I am one class away from my bachelor's degree, but I'd say congratulations to you on a job well done.
  3. Ívar Þórólfsson

    Ívar Þórólfsson Mmmmmm... Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Kopavogur, Iceland
    Thanks for the tip! English is not my native language :) certificate it is!
  4. yoshi


    Jul 12, 2002
    England, London
    I started uni' a week ago doing internet computing. It also looks into programming and networking etc.

    My bro in laws a ms certified something or other, he learnt all the stuff he knows in 2 years before leaving the army due to spine problems caused by malaria whilst serving.

    I wanted to be a plumber but ended up in the computer route - its a wonder theres any jobs what with the waves of people pouring into the industry..
  5. temp5897

    temp5897 Guest

    I didn't mean to imply that degree was the wrong word. I'm not sure how they are referred to over there in Iceland, I was just merely stating that over here it's called certification. But either way you should be proud of your accomplishment(s)!

  6. I took a 4 semester class (2 years worth of material condensed into 1) to learn the CCNA material and I failed the exam miserably. There are studybooks as thick as bibles and you somehow learned it all in two weeks? I envy you :)

    You sir, are a very smart person!
  7. Ívar Þórólfsson

    Ívar Þórólfsson Mmmmmm... Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Kopavogur, Iceland
    I´m blushing allover :oops: :D


    To my advantage I have been working a bit with Cisco switches and routers for 1 1/2 years now. I basically have been doing nothing else the last two weeks but studying Cisco. The test was damn hard so I was very glad I made it! Next step: MCSE then I´m probably going for the CCNP.
  8. LiquidMidnight


    Dec 25, 2000
    Certifications are important even if you have a degree, IMO. Having certain certifications grants your company special privlegages from the companies that the certifications are for. Also, it can be used a good marketing tool for consulting companies.


    LiquidMidnight's Technology Resources
    MCSE Certified Technicians
    Specializing in Networking, Ethernet,
    Wireless, Lan, Wan, ect.

    Just saying that your MCSE certified gives you an edge than just saying.

    LiquidMidnight's Technology Resources
    Specializing in Networking, ect.

    Having Novell and Cisco certs make companies take notice if they want to be more flexible with the technology they have at their disposal.

    Ivar, you might also want to think about sneaking an A+ certification (Hardware and DOS) in there somewhere. It's not overly difficult to obtain and would look great next to your other certifications.
  9. Ívar Þórólfsson

    Ívar Þórólfsson Mmmmmm... Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Kopavogur, Iceland
    I agree that certifications can be very important when applying for jobs.

    Thanks for the tip on the A+. I don´t think I´ll pursue it though... I grew up with DOS, I´ve been messing with computers since 1985-1986. I´ve also been assembling my own computers for many years and I worked with Hewlett-Packard in Iceland repairing HP computers so I have pretty much got that area covered. I am going to concentrate more on the CCNP rather than going for A+.
  10. unharmed

    unharmed Iron Fishes

    May 19, 2003
    London, England
    Hey, Ivar. I would agree with the responses offered so far: certifications can definitely be an important differentiator on your resume. I earned my CCNP a couple of months ago and am now working on my Cisco VoIP specialisation. I am lucky that I work in an environment where certs are valued highly and we are encouraged to be studying all the time (when not working of course;)). The CCNP is a big step up from the CCNA but, judging from your stated experience, I suspect you won't have too many difficulties with it. Feel free to drop me a line if you do have a question though. :)
  11. ZonPlyr


    Apr 29, 2003
    Pasadena, CA
    Good Job on getting the certs. I too have my CCNP and used to use the skills quite a bit in my job but alas I have been moved to a Directors position and don't have much time to use the skills. The certs will definately help to get you in the door in most companies although having good hands-on experience with the products will definately differentiate you from others with the certs. Keep working with the equipment and learn everything you can (you already seem to know this part). This has become a tough industry here in the States and there are not the opportunities that were once available to us so I wish you luck in all your endeavors.
  12. temp5897

    temp5897 Guest

    No, certifications really won't help if you have a 4 year degree. I've worked in the industry for several years now and have many contacts out there. I know what people want and not want...it's an entirely different field really, IT is not the same as being a computer scientist so to speak. Certification is best for IT people, not those with degrees in science/engineering. Like I said it's just entirely different...