Flavio B (who lays claim to an impressive number of middle names as well) does very well with his English, despite being a non-native speaker. I did a little bit of editing on his responses, most to clarify, correct minor spelling and grammatical errors, and to clarify a few points somewhat. I hope he’ll post corrections to this information if I inadvertently introduced any errors or misrepresentations. FYI, my additions to his submission are enclosed in square brackets [ ... ].
Flavio B, Brazil
Flavio B Brazil
1. What do you currently do for a living?
I work for a Oil & gas company administering infrastructure system (full-time job) and teaching MOC classes (part-time job in MS Official Curriculum courses).
2. Please describe your educational background.
I have an incomplete [Bachelor's] degree in statistics.
3. What kinds of certifications do you currently hold, if any?
I have MCSE for NT 4, Windows 2000, 2003 and [MCITP] Server/Enterprise Admin 2008.
4. How has earning a certification helped advance your career?
Besides the fact that my salary had a big raise since the beginning, now I’m more prepared, have more knowledge, and I have more skills than ever.
5. What exam do you plan to use the MCP voucher for?
I achieved all certifications I had planned for 2009 and have no immediate plans, but probably will use the voucher for some exam on Windows 7 technologies so I can keep updated on the newer technologies.
6. What kind of advice do you have for your peers and colleagues about earning a certification?
Certification is good, but it’s not all you have to do. A good college is VERY important. Good relationships with other people are important, too. Among other things I recommend studying ITIL/Cobit and other tecnologies like Linux.
a) How about finding a job?
Even with good skills, finding a job in my country is very difficult. As systems became more stable, less Admins are needed to maintain those that companies are running. So, layoffs sometimes occur and the remaining admins have to deal with the same systems with less resources.
b) What about improving your career prospects or outlook?
Improving my career now depends on various internal projects at my company. One of the projects is a Novell Netware migration in which directory [services] and files must be migrated to a new Windows 2008 environment. After that, new projects will arise.
This concludes my coverage of our recent free MCP voucher contest. I hope you have learned as much from your peers and colleagues as I have, and gotten an extra erg of inspiration to help you pursue your own career development goals!