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Advice on getting a Microsoft certification to help job placement RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    I am thinking of getting for a MCTS certification (http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=70-433&locale=en-us ) for SQL Server 2008 development, but I would like to get some advice before I start.

    I currently have a Master's in Software Engineering, and I have a great understanding of SQL Server, T-SQL, etc... Unfortunately, I am having a hard time getting a position as a SQL developer because I do not have the required work experience. I do have six months of prior experience as a software engineer, where I worked extensively with SQL server.

    Will getting a Microsoft certification in SQL Server give me a competitive edge in looking for a job? How would employers look at a certification in lieu of work experience?

    If the certification is not the best option, does anyone have another suggestion?

    Thanks in advance, any advice would be much appreciated!

    Friday, June 18, 2010 2:52 AM

Answers

  • Hi Suba ,

     

    I think you should get the certification because it will give you an edge because as you know that SQL is Microsoft Product and no body knows better than Microsoft that what SQL is so if Microsoft will certify you thats mean you really have a better knowledge in SQL and your second question about Job I will say in answer that its matter of luck. So dont think that you will get a position confirmed but I hope it will give you a better exposure.

     

    And also I will recommend you that just MCTS is not better if you want to get a better edge than try to get MCITP in development.

     

    Regards.

     

    Shafaquat Ali.


    M.C.I.T.P Exchange 2007 M.C.I.T.P Windows Server 2008 M.C.T.S OCS Server 2007 R2
    Friday, June 18, 2010 5:02 AM
  • Hi,
     
    If I had a Masters in Software engineering, I would go for three
    certifications:
     
    MCITP: Database Developer 2008
    MCITP: Business Intelligence Developer 2008
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcitp.aspx#tab2
     
    MCPD: Enterprise Application Developer
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcpd.aspx#tab2
     
    These would likely give you most of the certification that you need to
    do any sort of Windows business application/database development. It is
    a bit of an outlay financially, but I think it would go well to
    complement a Masters in Software Engineering. Hope this helps.
     

    -- Mike Burr
    Saturday, June 19, 2010 11:46 PM
  • Having a certification is better than not having it. But the gain will depend largely on the interviewer's trust of the certification process. If the person believes that certification works as intended, and only those with experience and skill with the technology can pass the exam, then it will definitely put you ahead. However, if they think that the proliferation of braindumps means you could be one of the (admittedly few) people who have passed by memorising the questions and answers without memorising the knowledge, then they will likely see it as you filling a checkbox quota, and little else.

    The key is where you are aiming for. Don't aim to get the certification. Aim to get the knowledge that will enable you to pass the certification. THEN, you can get it, stick it on your CV (resume) and be more confident in the interviews when it is mentioned, and demonstrate your skills and knowledge.

    Tuesday, June 22, 2010 10:06 AM
  • Experience trumps everything, its how it goes.

    It might be an idea to get some certs while still working in a development environment and then switch into the SQL development. SQL Development is also quite specialised because a lot of companies do not have specialist DB Devs but devs who do SQL development as well as some DBA work. In some cases the .NET dev is the SQL DBA.

    While the DBA is a normal position for many companies, the DB dev is not. Hence why it might be hard.

    As I said I would look for the development experience and work your way into SQL stuff.

    Relevant certs. Well I would say MCTS DB Dev on SQL 2008 as a start with some backing of one of the .NET certs


    Blog: http://www.certsandprogs.com

    70-515 Objectives List with MSDN Links
    70-536 Objectives List with MSDN Links
    70-505 Objectives List with MSDN Links
    70-562 Objectives List with MSDN Links
    70-433 Objectives List with MSDN Links
    Tuesday, June 22, 2010 1:20 PM
    Moderator

All replies

  • Hi Suba ,

     

    I think you should get the certification because it will give you an edge because as you know that SQL is Microsoft Product and no body knows better than Microsoft that what SQL is so if Microsoft will certify you thats mean you really have a better knowledge in SQL and your second question about Job I will say in answer that its matter of luck. So dont think that you will get a position confirmed but I hope it will give you a better exposure.

     

    And also I will recommend you that just MCTS is not better if you want to get a better edge than try to get MCITP in development.

     

    Regards.

     

    Shafaquat Ali.


    M.C.I.T.P Exchange 2007 M.C.I.T.P Windows Server 2008 M.C.T.S OCS Server 2007 R2
    Friday, June 18, 2010 5:02 AM
  • Hi,
     
    If I had a Masters in Software engineering, I would go for three
    certifications:
     
    MCITP: Database Developer 2008
    MCITP: Business Intelligence Developer 2008
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcitp.aspx#tab2
     
    MCPD: Enterprise Application Developer
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcpd.aspx#tab2
     
    These would likely give you most of the certification that you need to
    do any sort of Windows business application/database development. It is
    a bit of an outlay financially, but I think it would go well to
    complement a Masters in Software Engineering. Hope this helps.
     

    -- Mike Burr
    Saturday, June 19, 2010 11:46 PM
  • Having a certification is better than not having it. But the gain will depend largely on the interviewer's trust of the certification process. If the person believes that certification works as intended, and only those with experience and skill with the technology can pass the exam, then it will definitely put you ahead. However, if they think that the proliferation of braindumps means you could be one of the (admittedly few) people who have passed by memorising the questions and answers without memorising the knowledge, then they will likely see it as you filling a checkbox quota, and little else.

    The key is where you are aiming for. Don't aim to get the certification. Aim to get the knowledge that will enable you to pass the certification. THEN, you can get it, stick it on your CV (resume) and be more confident in the interviews when it is mentioned, and demonstrate your skills and knowledge.

    Tuesday, June 22, 2010 10:06 AM
  • Experience trumps everything, its how it goes.

    It might be an idea to get some certs while still working in a development environment and then switch into the SQL development. SQL Development is also quite specialised because a lot of companies do not have specialist DB Devs but devs who do SQL development as well as some DBA work. In some cases the .NET dev is the SQL DBA.

    While the DBA is a normal position for many companies, the DB dev is not. Hence why it might be hard.

    As I said I would look for the development experience and work your way into SQL stuff.

    Relevant certs. Well I would say MCTS DB Dev on SQL 2008 as a start with some backing of one of the .NET certs


    Blog: http://www.certsandprogs.com

    70-515 Objectives List with MSDN Links
    70-536 Objectives List with MSDN Links
    70-505 Objectives List with MSDN Links
    70-562 Objectives List with MSDN Links
    70-433 Objectives List with MSDN Links
    Tuesday, June 22, 2010 1:20 PM
    Moderator
  • Hi Everyone,

    Thanks a lot for all of the help! I am going to give all of this some thought, and will come back if I have any questions. If anyone has any other suggestions, please post, I would really appreciate it!

    Thanks,

    Suba

     

     

    Wednesday, June 23, 2010 3:25 AM