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Hello,

I have the Bachelor's of Science, Microsoft Certified Professional, Certified Netware Administrator (4.1.1), and an Amateur Radio License.

Christian

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No certs ("now with Retsin!"). Just work experience. But I'm not in IT, where they seem to be more desired by employers. Engineering seems to be mostly about what you've done recently. Sorta like "we're building a new space shuttle. . . have you ever done that?" :-)

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I currently have no certifications, hopefully will before the end of the school year, working on my Microsoft Software Development Certification *MSDC* class and next year I'll work on my Computer Development and Management Certification.

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Actually, lets see, where is some places online that I can get Microsoft Certifications online, for teens?

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B.Sc. in Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Honors in Computer Systems Technology.

By next fall I plan to have my Certification for Asthma Educator, and Diabetes Educator.

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I have a BTEC Computer Engineering qualification. It's a bit like the A+ course. Other than that I'm currently in the second year of a three year Honours degree in Computer Science with Business Information Engineering at Hull University. If I get my degree then I'll automatically become a full member of the British Computer Society and have partial CEng accreditation.

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Finished my exams of late and got a few new certificates
- Cisco (new version) seminar 2
- MS Access 2002 (Database)
- Service Desk level 3 (there is 1 to 4)

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Actually, lets see, where is some places online that I can get Microsoft Certifications online, for teens?

There really aren't any such places, especially not specifically "for teens", as you put it. Basically, what you'll want to do is just get up the $170 US (Or whatever it costs now), and go to a testing location. Just be sure that you're sure that you can pass it, because if not, you just blew $170.

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heh heh.....

Sorta like 'Alphabet Soup' in here, isn't it, and IT-wise ole Catweazle is 'illetterate'! :)

Graduated from the School of the back shed, with advanced capabilities in system construction, hardware knowledge and troubleshooting techniques, and that was enough to get me a 'Gig' as an expert contributor with the most successful PC magazine in Australia.

Funny thing is, nowadays I often find myself fielding questions from some of those 'lettered' folk :D

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Funny thing is, nowadays I often find myself fielding questions from some of those 'lettered' folk :D

Don't you love that?

When I worked in Medical Records at a hospital, this guy in IT was always like, "OH YEAH... I'm an MCSE.... let me look at that!" when a computer was down.

We had a Windows 98 machine that wasn't getting on the LAN, and he was fuming at how he couldn't figure it out. Now, mind you, I have a degree in Networking, and just couldn't find an IT gig (should have had his job, really), but I walked over and said, "What does winipcfg say your IP address is?" Thinking that would be something you'd immediately do after confirming your physical connections were good.

The resulting blank stare gave me pause. From then on, when he was around, and a system was down, I always thought, "OH YEAH... he's an MCSE.... let me look at that!" :D

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heh heh.......

But let's not cast too much aspersion on the fine qualifications people have obtained for themselves, eh? Congratulations to everybody for doing so.

The simple thing is, having a Certified qualification isn't the be-all and end-all of it. There are some very necessary qualities that a Certification DOESN'T give you!

It does not mean that you are necessarily a good communicator. When people report a problem, their report is more often an expression of frustration than a helpful description of symptoms. To be really suited for providing assistance, you need to be able to effectively communicate with people from all walks of life, and in a wide range of 'emotional states', and also have the capacity to 'hone in' on what they're trying to say rather than what they are actually saying.

Having a Certification doesn't ensure that you are a person who has good skills with lateral thinking. Quite often, PC problems will manifest elsewhere from where they originate, and treating causes is always better than treating symptoms. Quite often, people will ask for assistance and advice based upon what they've been 'told' rather than what's best for their needs. If you aren't prepared and capable for giving advice directed at needs rather than specific requests, then you're not giving the best advice and assistance possible.


Gaining a Certification will help people to GAIN a job/position. But it's other qualities which will ensure they'll KEEP it ;)


But most of all, if the 'expert' you're faced with is basically sitting back on the laurels of their 'MCSE' qualification, and proclaiming loudly that having one makes them 'better' than others, then they're most likely not! It's proven results and outcomes of putting it all into pratice that should be crowed about ;)

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I think certifications, as well as a degree to some point, will only give you book knowledge. You actually need to go out and DO to get the experience, and that's what jobs are looking for more than anything. Now myself, I'm sorry to say I hold no certifications :( I'm still in school going for my degree ... a B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in Business Computer Information Systems, which I'll hopefully be done with sometime soon. Personal matters have forced me to quit fulltime and only be taking 2 courses a semester.

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Ya, gee, what a shame. When you go for an interview and they say "what certifications do you have" you'll have to say 'none'.

On the other hand you can say, "For several years I ran a premier programmer help forum with thousands of members; I wrote the scripts, maintained the machines, advertised on various sites, managed fee collection, managed a number of moderators, ..."

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And we'll just have to keep quiet about the fact that ole Catweazle is unmanageable and incorrigible!

:)

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Must be great to be csgl, and for the certifications, thats what the money is paying for is the class right. DUH!

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I have the A+ certs, also a computer tech cert from high school and currently working on getting network+ and linux certs. I hate my high school, they only offer one computer programming class and 2 web page design classes. most of the classes they have are drama and retarted shakesperain classes.

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for teens? im 16 and im doing A level computing at college here in the UK - wiki it its advanced stuff we do binary arithmatic, and program in c++ and assembler

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C++ is terrible. I'm sure it's used for many things, but I guess I just suck at programming, I should've said I'm terrible at programming.

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c++ aint hard if you stars out with console apps e.g my 1st app (it sux so bad tho)

/main.cpp
//Copyright James Bennet 2006 - Engine source code available on request
//A small RPG I am making for me and my friend to play as well as to learn c++
#include <cstdlib>
#include <iostream.h>
#include <time.h>
#include <stdio.h>
using namespace std;
////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
class person //Nicked the idea for this from fallouts s.p.e.c.i.a.l system
{
 public:
           
  int lvl;
  int gold;
  int p;
  int e;
  int c;
  int i;
};
////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
int main(void)
{
    person player1;
    int action;
 
 srand((unsigned)time(0)); //Makes the stats random, based on system time
 player1.p = 1 + rand() % (10);
 player1.e = 1 + rand() % (10);    //Generates the random stats
 player1.c = 1 + rand() % (10);
 player1.i = 1 + rand() % (10);
 
cout << endl << "Welcome to my RPG - James Bennet 2006" << endl
 
         << endl << "Your Stats Are: " 
         << endl << endl << "Perception: " << player1.p 
         << endl << "Endurance: " << player1.e 
         << endl << "Charisma: " << player1.c
         << endl << "Intelligence: " << player1.i 
         << endl;
         
    system("PAUSE"); //The push any key prompt
    return EXIT_SUCCESS;
}
////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
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IT hardware and Software technologies change so fast. Certs or no certs the key is you can't stop. Once you're on the roundabout if you don't keep learning and reading off your own back, the game's up!

I've been trying to get my employers to cough up for MCAD so long, when I finally landed a job where they promised it would be part of the package it's gone out of date (still available but MCPD is it's replacement)

I feel any form of higher/further education directly to do with your career or not is a good thing because the vital skills you learn are self motivation, social skill and the ability to research and assimilate new information. Once you know these you can turn your brain to most things. When an employer interviews you he/she is as scared as your are, if they hire the wrong person it could cause a real business headache and huge costs. They're not looking for a long list of certs, as long as there's something. What they really need is to be put at ease by you showing them in the interview you can think smart and take care of the job in hand.

So you need to get something but don't panic too much about what the course title is or what's the flavour of the month cert, just get one. All you're trying to do is show you can learn and pass things (you're a smart person) The rest is down to your self confidence and how well you can sell yourself.

For me the only real certification is the little slip of paper with your salary on it, if you're taking one of those home you're not far off the target.

------
Oh yeah I have:

BTEC Nat Dip Business and Finance
BTEC HND Business and Finance
Cert of Higher Education Applied Economics (not full Bsc cos I didn't finish it)
MCSE 2000 (now out of date)
Intro to ADO.NET (some little Microsoft course can't remember full details)
Developing Microsoft ASP.NET web applications (1st step to MCAD didn't get to exam as changed jobs)

Notice my sub-concious aversion to examination? I can learn as much as the next man, but I don't like having to prove it under duress if you know what I mean!

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certifications --- hummmm. I have a HS graduation certificate, a marriage license, associates of arts degree, several medals from viet nam, a military retirement certificate, a social security card, a i will be getting an old-age social security retirement certificate in a couple years. I think that's enough certifications for one lifetime.:mrgreen: :eek: :rolleyes:

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I have completed several programming(java) courses at nearby colleges and the infamous iDtech camps, i have more experience than knowledge, and i gained most of it from manuals and emails from my older brother, who is a programmer with his own business.

lol_hacker101

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That's nothing one day I wanted certs so I went out and got my BAS, CDCT, BMSIS, NATO, DNVM, JavAX, JAZZ, PMP, GLZK, bis, SIM, CDC, and my NicNak cert. I didn't want to do any work so I just bought the "Special Certs kit" from Ebay.

I paid the guy $900 for the kit. It's been a year, last time I checked the guy was banned from Ebay, the order does not exist on records... and I still don't have my Special Certs kit...

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I have a bachelor degree in computer Science From SUNY Binghamton University. I am currently working on my MS/PhD.

I also have a patent pending for an algorithm.

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