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Microsoft Certifications, useful?

Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:26 PM

Hey all,

I have been lurking around for a while, but finally joined up!

I have been self-teaching .NET programming for a couple years, and am finally getting into the industry and trying to find an entry level job. Since I don't have a relevant college degree (Go anthropology!) I have been getting stonewalled, and I have somebody suggest that maybe getting a certification would be helpful to offset the irrelevant degree.

So two part question:

1) Do you agree that Microsoft certs (if relevant) can help with that?

2) What certs would you start with for a .NET windows developer (and Windows Phone)

I really appreciate your input, and I look forward to getting to know y'all!

Thanks,
Nick

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Re: Microsoft Certifications, useful?

Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:37 PM

Well, if you're thinking of getting a certification with Microsoft, I'd recommend the MCPD one. http://www.microsoft...ation/mcpd.aspx <-- Is the website to get to it. That's if you're thinking of programming using Visual Studio.

What kind of entry-level positions are you applying for? Even tech support can help you get your foot in the door. I'm not exactly sure if the certification will help or not, but it surely wouldn't hurt. Arn't I just so helpful? :/
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Re: Microsoft Certifications, useful?

Posted 08 November 2012 - 09:09 PM

You absolutely are being helpful! I really appreciate the time to reply :D

I have been applying for Junior .NET development positions, and just got back from an inperson interview (after passing the 2 phone screens) and they do SharePoint dev and WinForms and some programs for Microsofts Marketing division (I live in Redmond).

Seemed very cool, but I get the impression that I need something to give me a leg up since I don't have the BS in CS.

It seems like the precursor to the MPCD is the MCTS, is that right? I would love any feedback from anybody else about their experience with these certs

Thanks,
Nick

Ahhh... that seems to be an older precursor.

From what I can tell I should concentrate on this series of tests for a relevant MPCD
http://www.microsoft...store-apps.aspx

How much are these tests?
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Re: Microsoft Certifications, useful?

Posted 08 November 2012 - 09:14 PM

Or point the prospective employer at your body of work on your website and sample programs that you provide on CD with your resume. Most employers would rather have experience over paper any day.

Don't have examples? Build some. What better experience could you give yourself than actually building functional applications? Build a WiFi weather station dashboard application? Maybe a stock trend tracker. A racing greyhound electronic trading card system. Whatever interests you - BUILD IT. Then use that to PROVE they want to give you the job.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 09:19 PM

Found their pricing on the FAQ page on their website.
"Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS), Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP), and Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) exams typically cost US$150 but are priced according to currency values in specific countries and regions. Exam prices are subject to change. In some countries and regions, additional taxes may apply."

As the above person stated, examples tend to beat out paper. Also, you might look into trying for analyst positions, they tend to require less qualifications. Also, if you're in the states, check out positions your State offers. Quite a few of the ones where I am don't require degrees.

( edit: I am gewd at grammerz )

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Re: Microsoft Certifications, useful?

Posted 08 November 2012 - 09:24 PM

The basic thing you need to note here that no matter what you learn in your life, it will certainly be useful in one way or the other. Have you listened to Steve Jobs and his talk on 'Connecting the Dots'?

If not, take the time and read This link and the part where he mentions about how calligraphy benefited him.

So, what I would like to say here is whatever you learn, learn it with full interest and enjoyment and not as something for the heck of learning, and you will notice that that something you have learned will definitely help you in some stage of your life.

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