Road To MCSE: The NT-CIP Certification or 'One's Born Every Minute' Page 4

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 career.

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.

This article was originally published on Nov 7, 2000

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