I know there has been a lot of debate on this topic, but I'd like to get some of your opinions on SQL Server certifications, and whether or not you think it's worth my time for pursue them. Let me give you a little bit of background about myself:
I started off as a Junior DBA 3 years ago, fresh out of college. I was taught the ropes by 2 Senior DBAs who really knew their stuff. About a year ago, a personal sitaution arose and I have relocated and took a new job as the primary DBA for an organization. Although I only have 3 years expierence and am considered 'young' for a DBA I suppose, I consider myself pretty knowledgeable in the world of SQL Server. However I know how vast of a world SQL Server is and I'm constantly trying to learn more. I read books on my spare time (just started SQL Server 2008 Internals by Kalen Delaney - great book!), but I have been considering pursuing the MCTS and MCITP in SQL Server 2008. Personally, I view certifications as something that will expose me to other things I may not necessairly come across at my job and consider it another opportunity to learn. My organization isn't one that makes you get a certification or necessarily cares if you have one, but they will pay for me to take the exam, upon passing. However, I know that certifcations can sometimes carry a stigma with them in the IT world
Considering my age and expierence, do you think a certification would enhance my resume? I tend to think it can't hurt, but would like opinions from anyone out there who has the time and would like to respond.
Thanks in advance,