I'm 31 years old with a master's degree in science and five years in IT, formerly as a VB developer and now as a desktop administrator. My job now is 40%/60% between programming and system administration. I've earned the MCP with 70-215 and now I'm attracted by both systems and programming and I'm not sure if I should continue investing in the MCSE track or jump back to the developer path. What do you think can be more valuable in the future?
Given that your proclivities and job responsibilities already lean more heavily toward development than admin, I recommend you pursue the MCAD/MCSD credentials, and that you also learn as much about XML and Web-enabled services as you can (as well as Visual Studio .NET and if you choose to stay with VB, VB.NET as well). I think these credentials will be more valuable for the foreseeable future, both in the relatively short term and in the somewhat longer term.
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This was first published in February 2003