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Old 03-09-2015, 07:37 AM   #1
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I'm new here, and I've got 3 years experience as a desktop support and 1st line helpdesk guy. I'm also suddenly out of a job. So the question of getting a couple of certs, or not, has just become more urgent

I've worked with Win7, XP and Mac clients, and I think I'm pretty good on all those. No server experience except in my last job, which was a temp gig that lasted all of 2 months, and the reason they let me go was IMHO unreasonable (I took 3 days medical leave which I fully documented) , so I'm not comfortable with putting much emphasis on that. It was basic stuff anyway, password resets, folder and email permission groups in Active Directory. Mixture of Server 2003, 2008 and 2012, so I can honestly say I've laid hands on all three.

I'm planning to do MCSA Windows 7, and the basic ACA Mac certs that you can do online. Any thoughts on others, in particular Windows Server 2008 or 2012? What about MS Office certs, do those have value?

Any other skills I should start picking up? Kinda regret not doing that already in my old job. Impostor syndrome fail.

I'm in London UK, btw.
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Personally I would stick to the workstation/client certifications. Even if you were able to pass the server exams (not likely without experience) most companies would want to see work experience.

Studying for the server exams would be fine just so you gain the knowledge.

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I agree with JMPC. Certifications are designed to validate experience you already have, not to show an employer what you want to get experience doing.
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