Explore why you’d want to earn an MCSA, what employment options are available to you once you're certified, and how an MCSA validates your knowledge to a current employer. Use your MCSA to prepare for a promotion or seek a new position.
- If you're considering earning an MCSA, you already know it's going to take a lot of study and effort. You'll have to find extra time to do this too, which might be difficult. You'll have to pay to take these exams and that's something to consider as well. Thus, I expect at some point, you'll start to question whether of not earning this certification is really going to impact your life or enhance your career. Let's take a minute to talk about that. As you can see here, Microsoft states that the MCSA enables you to prove you have the expertise to configure, manage and maintain a Windows 10 enterprise system.
That's the heart of it for sure. Employers need to know you have the skills required to do the job they need to fill. By passing these exams, you prove you have that knowledge. Now, many people will say that practical, hands on experience is far more valuable than a certification, and that's a good point, but if you don't have a job or a whole lot of experience, having a certification is certainly an asset. Earning a certification also lets you list the MCSA credential on resumes and online job applications.
If the hiring process involves a technology that scans these items electronically, looking for keywords and phrases, you'll get through that part of the process with MCSA after your name. You also open yourself up to earning an MCSE, an extremely valuable credential. You can mention that in an interview too, and let your potential employer know you're continuing your studies. Finally, employers value these certifications, and some companies even require them. As an example, all of the instructors at the college where I work must already have earned the certification before they can teach the classes related to them.
IT companies often put similar restrictions in place for where you can and can't work within an organization depending on your credentials. Certifications might be required for a promotion as well. What I'd like you to walk away with here is that certifications, like the MCSA, are valued by employers, and it is worth the time and effort involved. So, go ahead, commit and continue on here.
- Understanding the objectives
- Reasons to earn certification as an MCSA
- Utilizing other courses to prepare for the exam
- Signing up for the exam
- Taking the exam
- Understanding your score report