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A++ certification + msce certification

i would like to know more about the certification it self and the chance of finding a job at the us..
i'm from israel 28 and got bsc in biology but cant see my self in the biology field.....
i was told that a a++ would be a good start t=o know the field from start ..what do you think......should i do this..
here in israel both certification course cost 2000$ ..
and another quize...
what is more valuated bsc in computers or b-tech..and whats the functional difference..and which title would give me more of practical chance getting a job.

Tuesday, March 4, 2003

In some ways, you'll be best served by an
immigration lawyer. And you'll be surprised
by what your immigration lawyer says. If
you are aiming for a H1-B, your degree
dictates the kind of work you do. If you
have a BSc in Biology, you might not be
able to work at Dell because that's purely
computer related, but you can still work at
any Gene lab that has lots of servers. It's
just how the law works. If you have no work visa
problems (Dual Citizen where your second country
is USA) that's a whole other situation. A+
and MCSE are a start, but they by no mean guarantee
work. I regularly help some of my friends find
work and all openings regularly ask for half
a dozen of certs. Some companies are the exact
opposite, they are so savvy they see right through
certification and request proper experience
back-ground checks. Whether it be an interview
quiz or something. Some of my friends has had
great luck self-studying for a major certification
like MCSD, but it really depends on the kind
of potential employer to have them respect that
certification. You might want to call around
to see what people are looking for. You might
want to spend another 2 years getting a BSc
in Computer Science or some kind of Information
Technology degree. Preferably if you do this
in the States, where they'll probably force a
3 year CS of BSc meal down your throat because
they can't acknowledge all your transfer
credits. Anyway. There's a lot of factors at
work. Give us more info! Your very very best
bet in conservative countries like Canada and
America in a conservative economy is to get
a BSc in something computer related. And not
to count on the degree getting the job you want.
It's all up to your networking and creativity
really in the end.

Li-fan Chen
Tuesday, March 4, 2003

How much experience and knowledge do you have with computers? Unliess you know a fair bit, and enjoy it no end, then forget the idea.

There are tens of thousands of unemployed MCSE's in the States at the moment. I've had at least a couple of dozen applying for jobs teaching English, and some of those had years of experience.

A++ is highly unlikely to get you a job; one of the main reasons is that computer hardware is so cheap now that it is cheaper to throw the part away than repair - there's a firm in New York that sends somebody round to your house to look at your computer and fix or tune it. They charge two hundred dollars, half the cost of a new box. The tendency to put everything on the motherboard also means that there are a lot less hardware related jobs going.

You might be able to get an MCSE by spending a load of money, and  cramming for three or four months but you'd qute likely find you simply couldn't do the job, and at present there is so much unemployment in the tech sector that you'd be extremely lucky to be hired anyway.

Whatever you do don't spend the money. There are sites on the web that will train you for the A++ for free, and you can study by getting a couple of books and interactive CD's. Incidentally, make sure you get a copy of Scott Mueller's "Upgrading and Repairing PC's"; it leaves the competition standing  because it's written for people who like to thiink.

Stephen Jones
Tuesday, March 4, 2003

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