Introduction to Microsoft Certifications
The competition in the job market is evidently challenging. You definitely need to stand out from the crowd to get a nice job. To excel in your IT world, you need to enhance and use your skills intelligently. And that is where the role of a Microsoft certification can be seen. To begin with, it is recognized throughout the world. Now, which certification to go for depends on the type of work you intend to do. Let’s consider some options.
Which Certification is Better for You?
If you are a software application developer MCSD and MCPD are most relevant. MCSD deals with the design, maintenance, and testing of an application lifecycle. If your intended work is more relevant to design and analysis, MCSD is your thing. If you are particularly interested in development and maintenance, consider MCAD (Microsoft Certified Solution Developer) that specifically deals with development and maintenance.
On the other hand, if you are a business analyst it is highly recommendable that you combine Microsoft Office Master and MCSD. This way you can show your expertise in products related to Microsoft office and at the same time sell yourself with the evidence of proficiency in the complete application lifecycle that a MCSD gives you.
Since an MCSD covers a lot of areas, you would have a vast knowledge of development of programs and technologies. As a software engineer the certification can be of great help.
If you are a database analyst or you deal with the administration of databases, the first and clear most choice would be Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDA). Apart from being immensely useful and relevant, it is highly respectable.
For designing, analyzing, and implementing pf infrastructures, go for the MSCE. This would definitely shine on your profile as you progress as a network administrator.
Let’s come to MCITP certifications, which are a clear evidence of your skill in operation of technologies and their design and application. Also, in your journey of an MCITP (Microsoft Certified IT Professional) you also gain MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist). In fact, you may earn more than one MCTS as this is how your progress is measured as you go for MCITP.
Being careful as to what exactly does your job require, you select the kind of certification that is most suitable. By doing that you gain immense knowledge and proficiency in your field and achieve a capability of designing, optimizing, analyzing, and applying as it relates to your job description. In your IT profession this is a must considering the competition out there.
This is a guest post by Robert Norris who writes mainly related to Career and Training and Education mainly Microsoft certifications and exams such as MCTS Certification and recommends TestsExpert.com for training material.