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Value of MCSE, CNE and CCNA

I am a CNA and want to do MCSE, CNE and CCNA. Is it beneficial for me to do complete these?

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For IT professionals, technical certification and the expertise it represents clearly enhances long-term job prospects. In a recent survey commissioned by RHI Consulting, an overwhelming 83 percent of IT consultants said that technical certification was a valuable tool for career advancement.

In a field that depends so heavily on technical competency, certification provides a universal measure of assurance that an applicant possesses the required advanced skills. However, on-the-job experience remains a priority when evaluating prospective hires. Therefore, such intangibles as communication abilities and business acumen cannot be overlooked.

Based on this information, I would recommend pursuing additional certifications that support your current expertise. However, do not forget that acquiring extensive hands-on experience is just as important as earning a technical certification. This means you'll need to ensure that the work you're currently doing -- whether as a consultant or a full-time employee -- is helping support your career goals by continually challenging you with access to leading-edge technologies.

This was first published in June 2001

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