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Thomas Shinder

MCSE Candidates and MCSEs Don’t Have to Worry

IT workers always have to worry! This industry changes
very, very quickly. It you are not in the constant pursuit of upgrading and
expanding your skill set, you’ll very quickly find yourself looking for a new

Unlike my previous career in neurology, where I could take it
for granted that the human nervous system would not likely change much during my
lifetime, you can’t just learn your favorite operating system, server
software, and hardware platform and rest assured that its not likely to change
in your lifetime. Hardware and software are in a constant state of
evolution, and if you want to be a success, you must be ready, willing, and
excited to meet the demands of change.

Today’s students that are working on learning Windows NT 4.0
should not become dismayed at the rate of change and the retirement of the
Windows NT 4.0 certification track. In fact, those students who know Windows NT
4.0 will be at a tremendous advantage when it comes time for them to learn
Windows 2000. I pity the poor soul without NT experience who tries to learn
Windows 2000 from scratch. Without the grounding in Microsoft networking and NT
concepts, the mountain of information to be absorbed in Windows 2000 would seem
virtually insurmountable.

If you already have your MCSE, then you are in a good position
either way. First, if you have your MCSE, you likely have some industry
experience. It’s this experience that matters to your employers, not whether
Microsoft has decided to retire your Windows NT 4.0 certification. And if you
are a new MCSE without much experience, you have the knowledge required to make
your trek to Windows 2000 that much easier.

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