A Microsoft certification without a doubt looks great on a resume for I.T professionals. Since Microsoft is a leader in the I.T industry it makes perfect sense to gain a certification in I.T from them! The MCSE, which is an acronym for Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, aims to train professionals in the industry to design and implement business solutions, using Microsoft technology.
The MCSE will lead you into specific careers within the I.T industry, including network analyst, systems analyst, systems engineer, technical consultant and technical support engineer. You will need 1 to 2 years experience in this field before you take this particular certification. The first step towards this certification is to either gain the required experience, or choose instead a different Microsoft certification, which is aimed at beginners too. Moreover, make sure the career path that the MCSE leads you into is the one you want. Once you have gained the MCSE you are a specialist in that field and will need to be committed to it, so make sure that this career is right for you.
If you’ve decided to work towards the MCSE, then you will need the resources to train for it and pass the exam. You can choose from classes, boot camps, computer based training or self training guides, which all aim to train you up as MCSE professional. Each way has their advantages and disadvantages, for instance classes are very controlled and may not be suitable for all learners, boot camps are intensive and require a lot of commitment and money; whilst computer based training or guides require a little more self guidance and drive.
On the other hand, classes and boot camps are ideal for those who need a controlled environment to learn, whilst computer based training and guides are much cheaper and are better for those who prefer learning by themselves at their own pace. Choose your method of learning carefully by weighing up the pros and cons of each method – but remember the most important part of the learning process is that you learn at your own pace in your own learning style.
Practice makes perfect as the saying goes! So why not try out a few practice exams before you go into the exam room. These will help you get use to the exam format, so that there are no unwanted surprises when you take the exam. If you are using computer based training resources, these may have an interactive exam practice area where you can put your knowledge to the test. Alternatively, look online for practice exams and do a few under timed exam conditions in order to get you comfortable as possible with exam conditions.
Then after studying hard all you have to is sign up for the exams! The MCSE requires a lot of study as the passing rate is around 700 and there are around 7 exams. So make sure you take your time and don’t rush into taking any exams before you’re ready. Most MCSE professionals take around a year to complete the whole thing – so set aside a year or more to study for these exams.