MCSE or OCP? I can't decide. Can you help?
I am from Mumbai, India.
I am already a Microsoft
Certified Systems Engineer for WindowsNT 4.0 and now I have to get myself
certified for Windows 2000. I am also preparing for the Oracle Certified
Professional Database Administrator track.
Should I upgrade my Microsoft
Certification or try for a different level of certification? I feel OCP-DBA
has an upper hand over MCSE 2000.
Without knowing your long-term career interests and goals, it's hard to
recommend the MCSE over the OCP-DBA, or vice-versa. MCSEs have a bigger
choice of lower-paying jobs, while OCP-DBAs have a smaller choice of higher-
On the other hand, if you get both certifications it might
enhance your chances of working in an organization where both platforms are
in use. Frankly, though, if you must choose one or the other, your feelings
about the primacy of OCP-DBA over MCSE should guide your future studies.
This was first published in September 2001