Hey everyone, I'm looking for a bit of guidance. Hope someone can help! I've recently passed the exam for obtaining CompTIA's Network+ Certification and I'm not really sure where I'd like to go from here. I'm concerned about the following: • Cost and/or cost-effectiveness; I'd like to put my time and energy (and money!) into something that will be both impressive to potential employers, and prevent blending in as much with the other 49 resumes on his/her desk. • Outdatedness; I know that most certifications never expire, but they do become outdated as technology advances. I'd like to know I'm working toward something that will still be an asset to my success in 3-5 years, or longer if possible. Should I avoid the current MCDST (XP) because of this? • Usefulness; By that, I guess I mean that the next step I take should help me become more qualified for something that I'd actually be able to find a job doing! I've been considering the following as a next step: CompTIA: Security+, Server+, Linux+ (I feel the Linux+ credential would help me stand out a bit, plus I have a strong interest in learning more about Linux itself). Microsoft: MCDST, MCSE, MSCA, MCDBA, MCITP, MCTS Cisco: Any Associate-level certification relavent to a field with a high demand for employees. These expire after three years though, so I don't know if I really want to work to keep a certification valid unless it's absolutely necessary. Note: I know that my current CompTIA certs count as an elective toward certain Microsoft Certifications, so if it makes sense, I'd like to go with one that qualifies for this program. I guess it'd be helpful to know what it is I'd like to do for a living. That I don't know at this point. I currently work as a PC Repair Tech at a very small shop near where I live. I love the job, but not the pay, and it's kind of a dead-end job. It looks good on my resume though! I think I'd like to be an IT Director, System or Network Administrator, or something to that effect. Thanks to anyone who actually took the time to read all of this. What do you think?