Certification soup bowl

in General Discussion edited January 2014
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Certifications and work experience.

I think a certification isn't worth anything unless you also are getting the hand's on experience with it.

Now If you're studying to get your cert but not getting any experience using what you're studying what good is it in the short term? Unless you know that you're going to be doing what you're studying then answering stupid PC service calls after busting butt for an MCSE/MCSA or a CCNA is just a waste of time. Of course, who in their right mind would study all that JUST to answer phones? I'm sure anyone who is in the midst of studying has the goal of....of what??

What exactly are you striving for once you get that MCSE/MCSA or CCNA?

Are you looking be a LAN Administrator?

What great job will an MCSE/MCSA or CCNA lead you to?

As a PC Helpdesk Tech for 13+ years I'm blinded by my inability to get out.

I cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Of course, I've made mistakes that have kept my 'career' from advancing farther than "PC Helpdesk how may I help you?..."

But in addition to that I've been office politicked out of the chance to make an advancement too. So we all got our own stories...

Being put in this position led me to think that there has to be a better job out there than doing helpdesk. But what it is? I really don't know. I hope someone could dish out some information and enlighten all of s who are in the dark.

But back to the subject.

Is it worth it to shell out the $500+ to get these acronyms? I know I'd be very disappointed if I worked hard to get these letters after my name and then found out I only qualified for a position telling people how to save their attachment to a folder.

I think it's like the chicken and the egg.

If you get the cert but not the experience how do you get the expereince of you don't have the cert to do the work?


  • Reply 1 of 2
    crusadercrusader Posts: 1,129member
    Get your CCNA and then go intern under a good Network Engineer. Now days it's really about the work exp, and college major. If your good at networking, and your internship proves it, ya get a foot in the door and valuable work experience.
  • Reply 2 of 2
    progmacprogmac Posts: 1,850member
    move to india.
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