further to my reply to gcook.....ANY qualification is another arrow in the quiver and is therefore useful. However, you will be at the bottom of the IT pile and in the section whose jobs are disappearing to India and all points East at a rapid rate. There are many people who are getting IT qualifications with fewer jobs on the market so you have to be excellent. BA recently relocated its IT centre to India with the loss of 300 jobs and I would imagine that many other companies are planning the same. As in all industries if you are at the top you are in great demand…if you are a Sun Systems engineer you will be travelling the world on mega-cash but these guys are extraordinarily good and get paid correspondingly.
Do a bit of research and see how many jobs are advertised for people with little experience but with an MCSE and then work out how many people will apply for the jobs and if they will be over-qualified. There is no harm in phoning companies to politely ask what their recruiting parameters are and o ask if an MCSE will help or whether higher qualifications are de rigueur.
This year is going to be grim for the job market and there are many people out there with computer qualifications. If you can afford it (time and money) then do the qualification as it will not harm your CV but be realistic about the chances of getting a job. I would be wary of the adverts for courses that ‘guarantee’ jobs.
You may find that wages are lower than one would expect due to the high number of applicants.
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