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Just gained my MCITP EA, whats the next step?... what is a good specialist area to look into? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi all,

    just recently passed my MCITP EA (on wednesday) yay :)

     

    im not wondering whats the next step for me, im stuck in my current job for another 2 years (contract) i know id benefit much more by working for an IT company rather than running a small dept in small organisation, theres only so much i can get from this role.

     

    whilst im here though i thought what can i now specialise in where can i go next to better help me get experience and quals for a future job?

     

    so whats up and coming whats a good thing to learn that IT companies will hold in high regard when i go for a job?

    exchange, sql 2008?

     

    Thanks
    Alex

    Friday, July 2, 2010 9:26 AM

Answers

  • Congrats on passing. This is a question that is gigantic, there are so
    many areas to specialize, but it mainly depends on what aspects of
    Windows you like to work on.
     
    With the EA cert, the focus is on architectural concepts of elements
    like Windows Server, DNS, DHCP, IPSec, Active Directory, Terminal
    Services, File and Print services, and general administration.
     
    I got my EA cert and I like to work with SCOM, Exchange, SQL Server, and
    am slowly working my way to understanding Windows Internals and some of
    the larger and more complex topics with administration and development
    like WMI, COM, and .Net.
     
    The two biggest questions questions that will probably determine where
    to go from here are:
     
    - What are your career goals?
    - What do you like to do?
     

    -- Mike Burr
    Friday, July 2, 2010 6:04 PM
  • Mike's idea is excellent - learn Exchange and/or SQL over the next couple of years since you'e locked in.  That way, when the time comes, you'll have a broader background.
    Friday, July 2, 2010 6:37 PM
    Answerer

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  • Congrats on passing. This is a question that is gigantic, there are so
    many areas to specialize, but it mainly depends on what aspects of
    Windows you like to work on.
     
    With the EA cert, the focus is on architectural concepts of elements
    like Windows Server, DNS, DHCP, IPSec, Active Directory, Terminal
    Services, File and Print services, and general administration.
     
    I got my EA cert and I like to work with SCOM, Exchange, SQL Server, and
    am slowly working my way to understanding Windows Internals and some of
    the larger and more complex topics with administration and development
    like WMI, COM, and .Net.
     
    The two biggest questions questions that will probably determine where
    to go from here are:
     
    - What are your career goals?
    - What do you like to do?
     

    -- Mike Burr
    Friday, July 2, 2010 6:04 PM
  • Mike's idea is excellent - learn Exchange and/or SQL over the next couple of years since you'e locked in.  That way, when the time comes, you'll have a broader background.
    Friday, July 2, 2010 6:37 PM
    Answerer