Recently I added another IT certification to my ever-growing list. It seems like lately I'm always studying for one certification or another. This time it was the CIW Web Foundations Associate. Ironically, it's more basic in the material covered than all the other certs I've already attained, but it is part of a larger plan and something I needed to knock out so I could keep moving.
Last week I checked another item off the to-do list. Now, along with my MCITP: Enterprise Administrator I'm certified MCTS: Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. I used the self-paced study guide from Microsoft Press and some practice exams. In all, I prepared for about 10 days before sitting for the exam. I have no background with Exchange and it showed when I took the test. I didn't score as highly as I would have liked and I don't feel like I was adequately prepared for the test. I think spending a bit more time with a couple of other sources would have been helpful. However, the important thing is that I passed and can move on to my next goal... CISSP.
It just occurred to me that while I had been posting udates as I took each Microsoft certification exam, I forgot to post a final update. I passed. That means I'm now certified MCITP: Enterprise Administrator. What does it mean? It means I studied my ass off and passed a bunch of tests that were mostly about Active Directory and DNS. What does it mean beyond that? I don't know. I'm hoping that I can somehow incorporate that knowledge into my professional career... we'll see.
I'm already thinking of getting some more certifications to demonstrate a broader knowledge base (and improve my marketability, of course). I'm considering some Apple certifications, but I'm not even really sure where to start. I'll have to do some research to see what feels like the best fit. Right now, I think the next cert will be MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2010.
And finally, my goal for this year is to get my CISSP. Wish me luck.
Today's the day. I scheduled my final MCITP exam for this afternoon. I was torn between today or sometime next week. Yesterday I knew I wasn't ready, but was hoping I could be ready by 2:15 today. The alternative of thinking about the test all weekend and studying every night until then to keep it fresh in my mind wasn't something I was looking forward to.
So. Here I am. I just finished my sushi (6 pieces of tuna nigiri) as part of what has become a pre-test ritual. I'm sitting in the cafe at Whole Foods staring out the windows into the cold rain. I'll get to walk in the cold rain... the test site is in a building just across the street. I'll walk from here rather than parking at the actual building. That, too, has become part of the ritual and I don't want to deviate from the plan.
Wish me luck. I guess I'm ready.