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MCSE Data Platform 2012 and salary


MCSE Data Platform 2012 and salary

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Beatrix Kiddo
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This might just be me and my uptight British ways ;-), but I'm not going to disclose my salary. I'm pretty happy with it though.

From my fairly recent experience of job-hunting (in London), having the certification didn't really make any difference. Some employers used it as a quick way to filter out applicants, and it's something that they liked applicants to have, but no more than that. Experience is more important.

One thing that I think does have a bearing on the sorts of salaries you can command is the size of the environments you've been working in, so you'd probably command a bit more money if you have a few years' experience as a DBA in a large investment bank with a complex setup than if you've only ever worked in a small enterprise with just a couple of small databases, even if you ran the whole department on your own.

It's certainly not a bad thing to do to go for the certification, but you may not see much immediate change in your salary because of it, that's all.
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Koen Verbeeck (8/28/2014)

A lot of stuff is the same, regardless of 2012 or 2008R2 (especially the XML stuff they pester you with on the exams).
There is of course the new stuff, but I believe it's beneficial you learn that as well.
After all, I doubt you will be on 2008R2 for the rest of your career.


If it's almost the same, then it really doesn't matter eh? BigGrin

But seriously, I don't think they offer a lot of the 2012 just yet for the courses I'm taking for free. If they do, I would likely take both just because it's free.
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Someday you may interview for a job in an all SQL 2014 environment, and a SQL 2012 Certification is going to look a lot more relevent than a 2008 Cert.
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I have done the certification and will continue to do so. The reason I do it is that as a freelancer anything that will raise me to the top of the pile of applicants for work is good. I would struggle to prove their is any financial return on investment but do it as part of training and development and partly making me more marketable to clients.
I also take time off to do training and development that I pay for. I also take time off for SQL events that may be free or I may have to pay. None of this is to add to my salary, all of it is to try and get better at what I do and if that adds to me being more 'marketable' then good.

Everybody's position is different. Your value as a permanent employee depends more on your actions than on a piece of paper. However when you look for a new position (permanent or temporary) then that bit of paper may make a difference. However Experience is priceless!

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I don't think Microsoft have any certification that have any monitory value other than MCM but it has been discontinued.
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ALTER_DATABASE (8/27/2014)
Just doing some research,

How many people have received the MCSE Data Platform 2012 and what are your salaries.



I don't think Microsoft have any cert that have monetary value other than MCM which has been discontinued.
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I just took (and failed) my 462. I went into it blind just so I could meet the free retake deadline. I got 550 out of a needed 700 (with no prep). A big difference I noticed is that the score report is WAY more broken down than the 461. So I had very detailed info on what was good and what was bad. As for the tests being worthwhile? I don't know. What I do know is that it will give you a great insight to the product and *hopefully* help people (like us) get their foot in the door.
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No certs, happy with salary. I don't think not having them has hurt me in any way. If you are new and trying to get your foot in the door I would say they help a little.

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Just my opinion. There are is a good reasons to take an MCSE, however I don' think it 'directly' affects salary.

If you contract you will do a lot more job searching than permanent employees, an MCSE is great to have on your CV to secure a job interview. In fact quite often I see it as required on a job description.
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Blackdog (7/16/2015)
In fact quite often I see it as required on a job description.


You do? I have never seen it in my region.
I think certs are great for consultants, because clients need to screen them quickly and certs at least give the impression that the consultant knows something.

But I agree that certs don't influence salary directly.
I didn't notice anything :-D


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