MCSE Server Infrastructure (server admin) or MCSE Data Platform (SQL)?

mornandomornando Posts: 2Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
I am at a crossroads in my I.T. career so far.

Looking at the job market SQL seems to be in high demand and the rates are nice. I have 5+ years in Server/Desktop admin and my experience bends towards a MCSE Server Infrastructure. I am wondering if my job opportunities will be higher going the SQL route or to stick to prove myself with a cert I already have experience in. I may look to get both in the long term anyway. Which will benefit me more?

Since passing my VCP exam last November I have been unable to reap the benefits of the certification due to lack of specialist jobs in this area. I don't like wasting money so looking for general advice from those in the SQL world. Without practical experience in the real world, will I be able to find a job easily? Will my Server admin experience help?

Thanks in advance :)

Comments

  • aaronchristensonaaronchristenson Posts: 261Member
    I would suggest the Windows Server track. With your current background the exams should be easier for you than starting out with SQL. The first SQL exam is really hard because it is all code. I think that you will see benefit sooner from the Windows Server track, but the payoff of the SQL track will be better.
    Aaron
    MCSE Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, MCSA Windows Server 2012, MCSA SQL Server 2012/2014, MCSA Windows 10, MCITP Server Admin, Security+, Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center Specialist
  • mornandomornando Posts: 2Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    I would suggest the Windows Server track. With your current background the exams should be easier for you than starting out with SQL. The first SQL exam is really hard because it is all code. I think that you will see benefit sooner from the Windows Server track, but the payoff of the SQL track will be better.
    Thanks for taking the time to provide the advice. You are very likely right on this. I think I need to resist the temptation with SQL for now. The thought of studying something different pulled me in but I need to look at what benefits my career the most short term.

    I spoke to another guy today who knows both sides of the coin. He suggested mcse private cloud so after I do the mcse part I can learn software delivery. I will likely go down that route first.

    Again, thank you.
  • NotHackingYouNotHackingYou Posts: 1,452Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    I agree with Aaron
    When you go the extra mile, there's no traffic.
  • macboy81macboy81 Posts: 32Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    have you thought about the specialist microsoft exams like SCCM ive been looking around for a new job for last few months and quiet a few jobs have asked for SCCM expertise. Im in Manchester but i think i would go on sites like Monsterjobs within 20 mile radius of your house and see what people are asking for not sure i would jump from servers to SQL just yet
  • alokin123alokin123 Posts: 268Member
    just remember if you get your MCSE you will need to renew it every 3 years to keep it valid. Otherwise you lose it
  • N2ITN2IT Posts: 7,483Inactive Imported Users
    alokin - this to me has really taken away any drive I have to get my certification in SQL server. 5 - 7 years I would be okay with, 3 is just too short.
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