Road To MCSE: The NT-CIP Certification or 'One's Born Every Minute' Page 6

Thomas Shinder

So What's the Bottom Line?

Phineas Taylor (P.T.) Barnum is claimed to have said "There's a sucker born every minute", and the notorious con-man "Paper Collar Joe" said "There's sucker born every minute, but none of them ever die". There are a lot of reasons why people become suckers: fear, uncertainty, hope, arrogance or naiveti. Lanop is hoping to cash in on any one of these reasons.

Don't be played for a sucker. If you're new to the business, study Windows NT 4.0 and try to pass the three core exams required to qualify you for the Windows 2000 Accelerated exam. Even if it's too late for you to pass those exams, you should still spend three or four months studying the core of the Windows NT 4.0 track. It will make you a much stronger candidate in the workplace, and give you the required background knowledge on which to build your Windows 2000 skills.

If you're already in the business you have nothing to worry about. If you have not upgraded your Windows NT 4.0 MCSE by the time the balloons fall on Times Square on January 1, 2002, don't worry. You will not lose your job, and you haven't lost your skills. Take the time to upgrade your MCSE on a schedule that works for you. And don't waste $30US on a certification that's meaningless. If you need to relieve yourself of this money, go buy one of my books.

The bottom line is that skills are what count. That's what the employers want, and that what you should expect to provide to them. There's going to be a precipitous drop in the number of MCSEs in 2002, and the HR departments will get the point real fast that the MCSE is not an entry level certification. 

This is good for everyone, because it will take the emphasis off of certification as a goal in and of itself, and place the emphasis back where it belongs, which is "what do you know and what can you do for us?" If you answer these questions correctly on your job interview, then you're in good shape.

This article was originally published on Nov 7, 2000
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