After 3 years, 3 exams, and an excessive amount of study I have achieved the Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer - Web Applications certification.
I realise that many people don't put a huge amount of emphasis on exams,
valuing real world experience instead. But I have found that what
I learned studying for these exams has been extremely valuable to my profession, helping me make more informed
decisions in my day to day work.
There is no substitute for real world
experience, but real world experience leaves a lot of gaps and doesn't
always teach the best habits. The exams have enabled me to fill in these gaps and develop a real
technical proficiency which I may not have had without them.
Born to Learn just posted this blog talking about a recent study which found 4 advantages certified staff have over non-certified staff, there are some interesting findings! https://borntolearn.mslearn.net/b/weblog/archive/2016/01/25/four-solid-reasons-to-hire-certified-employees