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    Hi guys,

    I know we're in a Recession etc, but I think some people are still employing, and if not, being "qualified" may be a good thing to be when the recession starts to end.

    I am unsure as to what I should do. I currently work in IT, but supporting a Database. I have no MS etc qualifications to my name.

    I dont know whether I should go with an MSCE, CCNA or some kind of Linux qualification, if at all.

    Any ideas / suggestions / experiences?

    Thanks.

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    MSCE will soon be an out of date qual - probably best to start looking at the new MCTS quals (Windows 2008, Exchange 2007 etc) as these would appear to be the way forward. Company I work for does a lot of Microsoft and Citrix consultancy nationally and the trends seem to be in that direction.

    If your already doing DB stuff you could do a lot worse than look at the new SQL stuff thats coming out.

    TBH I've been in the industry for 16 years and only recently started taking a few certs, MCP, CCA and a couple of MCTS (more out of curiosity than anything else) any good employer will judge you on your personality and experience rather than your ability to pass an exam at a given point of time (I've worked with guys that have certification as long as your arm and no common sense when it comes to real world problems!)

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    Depends how much "actual" experience you have.

    I have found that employers seem to prefer people with the "right" experience compared to those with exam qualifications.

    As for which qualification to go for, it totally depends on what field you want to go into, as the ones you listed - Microsoft Ones (assuming MSC/T's), Cisco qualifications and Linux ones are all in very different fields and just having one of those would pigeon hole you for a specific role.

    There are still lots of IT jobs out there at present. There really does seem to be a db roles out there too, so why not just cement what you presently do and get some qualifications done in that field?

    Specifically what kind of databases do you look after..?

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    IMHO, Qualifications just prove to people that you've worked with the product. It's how you get on at the interview and any job related tests that usually get you the job.
    I have all kinds of qualifications for my job, which is to do with data backup and storage, but my current employers gave it to me because of the way I interviewed, and a personal recommendation from an unexpected source!

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    Thanks for your replies.

    I have been doing support for 10 and a half years.
    I support an old 16bit Superbase database currently.
    I will soon be doing something with SQL, but not massive amounts.
    I fancy a change and would also like to earn more money LOL

    I dont have the opportunity to mess about with computer stuff at work, but could set up some kind of home network if it would be the best option.

    I am NVQ level 3 qualified LOL

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