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Don’t give up on your MCSE just because Microsoft is coming out with XP. If nothing else, the MCSE will be useful in helping companies migrate to XP. Don’t wait for XP Don’t give up on your MCSE just because Microsoft is coming out with XP. If nothing else, the MCSE will be useful in helping companies migrate to XP.

Dear Molly: Is there any long-term value in a MS NT 2000 MCSE certification, or should I wait for October when XP comes out to continue my certification path? I had completed three of the six NT 4.0 MCSE tests and spent 10K on classes before they expired. I have since started over and have already spent $1,500 on computer-based training on NT 2000. Am I just wasting my time and money if MS XP is only four months away?

Molly says: You’ve come so far, it would be a shame for you to quit now. I think you should complete your MCSE and then when XP becomes a reality you will be in a much better position to easily acquire that certification. Even if Microsoft debuts XP this year, it will be at least a year or two before companies start shifting over–which gives you plenty of time to use your NT 2000 certification. You will also be in a good position to help companies migrate from one to the other.

What you need is an inexpensive and streamlined way to learn what you need to complete your certification. Try computer-based training materials and see if you can learn using them (not everyone is cut out for the discipline required for CBTs). If you find you need the personal touch, maybe you can find a study partner or tutor in a local computer users’ group.

If CBTs work for you, consider signing up for some online MCSE training. Here are a few sites that offer this kind of training: Magellan University’s AtlasU site, The Learning Center and Tools4 MCSE.

Molly Joss also writes the monthly Career Advisor column for ComputerUser magazine. Ask a career-related question at [email protected]

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