As many of you might know already, i am currently out of work and currently in a bit of slump. Recently i have been looking into I.T. qualifications and need some advice from AMD Users. I know many of you either work in I.T. or are simply I.T. fanatics (I used to be both) and many of you know where you'd like to be and what you'd like to do with your careers.
For this reason I need your opinions and advice. I am currently looking into doing an MCSA (Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator), a MCDST (Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician) and a CompTIA A+ (Computer Maintenance and Installation) qualifications.
In your opinion:
1) Is it possible and/or practical to do all at the same time? (MCSA = 4 exams, MCDST = 2 exams and CompTIA A+ = 1 exam)
2) Is is beneficial to have such qualifications for getting a job and do you think is it what employers are looking for?
3) Is there any qualification that you think is pointless having?
4) Which would you say is better? CompTIA A+ or MCDST?
5) Would you take out a student loan to pay for all the courses and exams?
6) If you have done any of the above qualifications, how difficult are they?
Sorry there is a fair few questions, you don't have to answer them all but it would help me alot in deciding what is best to do with my future and qualifications.