Sudar Blogs: My Certification Experiences

A record of my experiences with certifications. Starting with BrainBench, moving on to Microsoft (MCP, MCDBA, MCAD) and … surely one day with Sun (SCJP), together with things I come across my day to day life.

Note: This blog has been moved to http://SudarMuthu.com/blog/

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

My MCDBA Track

When I was in college, I used to think that getting a Microsoft certification or a sun Certification is a mammoth task which can be done only by people with thick glasses (My idea of an expert) Then one of my friends introduced me to www.BrainBench.com. I took a couple of exams and got some decent scores. I took them just to show off to my friends that I am some one above them and that I add something that they don’t have. Some kind of a child ego. Soon when I landed up in a job doing some web development using PHP, my company expected me to do a certification (any certification for that matter, as their client needed it). So I started to search for the correct one. After some weeks of research I settled down to MCDBA (Microsoft Certified Database Administrator) in SQL Server, as I had some interest in Databases and also I had some exposure to SQL Server in college (I used it in my college project). A local prometric center also offered me an offer. So I went and registered. Then came the preparation phase. I settled down to do a self- learn rather than going for some training for two reasons. First I didn’t had the time second all through my life I hated attending lectures. I installed the trial version of SQL Server 2000 in my system and started playing with it. I really found it difficult. Even though I have registered I postponed my exam date for more than 4 times, since I was not that confident. It took me more than 3 months to write my first exam (70-229) and at last I got a score of 875. After seeing the score I got a lot of confidence in me. I believed that I could do it. You know it was really a great feeling to put MCP next to your name and add the MCP logo in your resume, homepage, email etc…….. Before that confidence could fade away, I got an offer from a big software development company. Thanks for my confidence which made me get through the interview process. Although I have to work in J2EE in my new job I thought of finishing my remaining 3 exams for my MCBDA Track. Then I took my 2nd exam (70-228). This time I took it with in 3 weeks of preparation. I jumped off my seat when I got a score of 946 in that exam. And now as I am writing this I am preparing for my 3rd exam (70-290). This time I am going to write it with in 2 weeks of preparation. During the process I have found out a couple of new things First - getting a certification is not such a mammoth task. (Even though I wear thick glasses now, (when I am not hiding behind contact lens) Second – Having a certification does’nt tag you as an expert. Third – But a certification is really a tag for an expert. I found even carrol (http://weblogs.asp.net/bkcarroll/archive/2004/01/22/61838.aspx) talking about the same thing.

Update : Thanks Satya for finding out those typos, which I have overlooked in my original article. Now I have corrected them.


5 Comments:

  • At 3/15/2005 02:15:00 AM, Anonymous John said…

    ya Sudar, getting a certification really gives u a lot of confidence. Congrats on your score and do well for the rest of the exams.

     
  • At 3/16/2005 03:56:00 AM, Anonymous Srikanth said…

    First Sudar let me congratulate on the certifications you have done.
    Then, it's nice to see your article accentuating the need to have confidence.Put it simply, I can say that, you in your own way showed many, if not all, the strength of will itself makes extra-ordinary things look ordinary if treated in the right manner and finally, All the best for the rest of your exams.

     
  • At 3/16/2005 04:02:00 AM, Blogger Sudar said…

    Thnaks Srikanth

     
  • At 7/19/2005 12:34:00 PM, Blogger Ritz said…

    Congratulations on your certifications.It was really nice to read your experiences.I am planning to take 70-229 and this will be my first exam towards certification...and I am really nervous, but reading your bolg was kinda helpful.

    Thanks for sharing.

    ritz

     
  • At 3/30/2006 08:24:00 AM, Blogger phossil said…

    By this time are you a MCDBA already?? Im taking the 70-290 Exam in the next 5 days. I think im prepared also this is my first certification exam in my MCSA certification path and im a little scared of the test.

     

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