Thank you for the great overview of the current certification scene. In 1993 I completed my Novell CNE and became a Novell authorized reseller. I started a business servicing Novell networks and installing them for lawyers. I successfully implemented a $110,000 network for a client. In so doing, I overwhelmed myself with work and found myself short of some experience, so I put the business on hold and went to work for a large company on a project team implementing a client server network of 7,000 computers (NT).
I have drifted from a fairly technical IT background to a project management background, yet I am currently no longer certified in either. I have racked my brains wondering which way to go -- technical or PMP.
I hold an electrical engineering degree and am currently 50 years old. I am concerned that a PMP designation would not be valuable without a technical certification. I feel I am getting too old to do the technician type of work. Could I use my background and technical prowess and become a consultant in this market? What career path would you suggest? Is it worth getting an MCSE and security background at this late date? The experience factor concerns me. I feel it's too late. Your comments would be greatly appreciated.
On the other hand, if you're interested in security, you might consider going after the Security+ and then the CISSP, assuming you can meet the latter credential's stringent "four years of relevant OTJ experience or three years plus a college degree" requirement. Security is a VERY hot field right now and full of opportunity for the foreseeable future.
Good luck, whatever you decide.
This was first published in March 2003