For years I've toyed with the idea of getting a Microsoft certification. Usually I haven't actually done so because of time issues but also there has always been the question of "is it worth it". I know that ten years ago there was a huge problem with "Paper MCSEs", basically people who would go to brain dump sites and memorize the answers, take the test and get a ton of certs in a short time.
My thought on this is that times have changed and the new generation of certifications is worth pursuing. Now, to be honest, much of my belief comes from reading Microsoft's own marketing materials. Personally though, I've decided to pursue the MCTS: .NET Framework 2.0 Web Applications on the way to the more advanced Professional Developer: Web Developer. In fact I'm working through the MS Press study material now.
My question to everyone out there though are several:
- What are your thoughts and experiences with Microsoft certifications?
- Do they help you get a job or are they just resume fodder that no one pays attention to?
- In the process of studying for the exam do you expand your knowledge into areas you didn't know a lot about (This is what I'm finding)?
So hurry up and answer, my career may depend on it :)