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By Edward Jones, Firebrand Training
Whether seeking a promotion, career change or salary boost, certification is a great way of making it happen. Employers and recruiters have long considered certification as a crucial part of the hiring process. After all, what better way to validate your skills and expertise, than to attain an industry-recognised certification awarded by an independent body?
So if you’re thinking about certifying your route to career progression in 2014, and you work with Microsoft Technology, have a look at some of the following options available to you. We’ll start at entry level and move through to advanced.
There are three tracks available to you:
If paying for training to attain the MTA isn’t an option, you could always look at taking a Firebrand IT Apprenticeship. If you’re between the ages of 16-24, you can apply for the programme to secure employment and get paid while you attain the MTA certifications.
The MTA provides a much-needed entry level introduction to Microsoft technology, setting you up for the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) track. You can read more in this MTA case study.
MCSA tracks focus on the core Microsoft technologies; Windows Server 2008 & 2012, SQL Server 2008 & 2012 and Windows 7 & 8, and provide great stepping stone to the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certification. Those considering the certifications should be aware that the Microsoft Official Courseware (MOC) will be changing over the course of 2014 with updates to Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8.1 and SQL Server 2014.
You can prepare yourself for the current demand by attaining the MCSE: Private Cloud Certification. By proving you can build and maintain a private cloud utilising Windows Server 2012 & System Center 2012, you will be eligible for a variety of roles including that of a Server Administrator, Systems Programmer or Network Manager.
Better still, the beginning of March sees the launch of the MVA ‘Hero’ campaign, where you can earn a range of fantastic prizes whilst preparing yourself for Microsoft certifications to boost your career.
Start working towards that certification in 2014 and take your career to the next level. For those looking to fast track their route, Firebrand Training offer the full range of Microsoft certification’s in an accelerated format.
Become an MTA in 4-6 days, or take the combined MCSA & MCSE and be certified in SQL Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 in just 15 days.
A very thorough and informative article from Ed. If you’re just starting out and fancy dipping your toes in the water… The TechNet team are running upcoming IT Career Evenings in London. The perfect opportunity to network and get a better understanding.
Thanks for such a wonderful article, do we have any security specific certification tracks in Microsoft?
Could u please let me know how to apply? where to apply for course? I am eagerly waiting!
Hi Tarun, whilst some of the Microsoft certifications contain an element of security associated with the technologies, there isn't a single certification that focuses solely on the topic.
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