I am doing the MCSA -> MCITP SA path, and I am finding them to be very practical and useful on the job. The classes are the very basic needed information for you to work as a systems administrator/network administrator. Without those skills you will have a very hard time in a 2003/2008 server environment.
Classes and education are ALWAYS the best choice, I got a degree and my boss did give me a raise, but the degree just basically gave me base knowledge in a variety of different areas (Project management, Wired/wireless networking, pseudocode, .Net coding, etc) I want to be a server admin, that's what I like, I also like client repair/troubleshooting/upgrading as well as network configuration/installation (Cat 5 punchdowns, etc) So I went with a full degree, a MCSA and am 1 test away from my MCITP upgrade. I will get my MCSE and my MCITP EA after I am done this path.
The tests I am taking are:
290 passed (needed for MCSA and MCSE) Challenging
291 Passed (needed for MCSA and MCSE) Very Challenging
A+, Network+ Passed (needed for MCSA and MCSE) Medium difficulty
70-620 Vista Passed (7 wasn't out yet) (needed for MCSA and MCSE) Easy
293 (For MCSE)
294 (For MCSE)
285 (For MCSE)
70-648 For MCITP: SA (Passed) Challenging
70-646 For MCITP: SA
70-643 For MCITP: EA
70-647 For MCITP EA
At the end of that List if you finish it you get:
Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Microsoft Certified IT Pro Server Admin
Microsoft Certified IT Pro Enterprise Admin
A+ Certified Technician
Designing a Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Organization
Those certs and skills will be the foundation for a career in IT.
There is a roadmap for you.
Now, if you are wondering, why would I do all this?
Go to www.indeed.com and type MCITP and MCSE, you will see we are in the transition phase between the two right now, both will be needed in the next 5 years.
How did I get a job in IT?
I applied at a company for a completely different thing as I wanted a part time job while I went to school, my CCNA on my resume rang a bell with HR as it was on her phone so she called the head of IT to look at my resume, (It had CCNA and A+ on it at the time) I also had years as an assistant to IT at another job, so the head of IT interviewed me and I was moved into that area. I worked cheap $15 an hour starting. When I completed my degree (and my MCSA) I started to get DICE hits, I was offered a substantial raise at a different job and my boss matched it to keep me.
SO if you really want to get into IT, I would recommend a degree, certs and dice.com to get any old job to get your foot in the door. LOVE I.T. You have to really love it and want to do it, put forth the time and get **** good (I set up a server in my basement to practice with)
Good luck man. =)
Edited by zerorez, 24 September 2010 - 12:44 PM.