I'm new to this site and it looks like the right place to be to address a dilema I'm faced with. So my story is that I've decided to make a career change from the automotive industry to I.T (software development). I won't get into the reason for the change, but from what I can tell my personality profile fits the bill and I feel like its a step in the right direction (no longer interested in the automotive industry).
The problem I'm faced with is that I'm 30 years old and varsity is not an option at this point. So, the two options that I'm left with, after a fair amount of research, is either New Horizons Cape Town who offer microsoft certified online distance learning up to MCPD level (Enterprised applications developer) OR Damelin correspondence college who offer a Computer programming diploma with optional extra MCTS exams (Looking into doing prerequisites for MCPD - Enterprise applications developer).
Now of course, if I go the New Horizons route, I will add on modules like JAVA, PHP, MYSQL, etc... after completing the MCPD core exam. Also, if I go the Damelin route, I will follow from the MCTS prerequisites with a MCPD certification from New Horizons and still add on modules.
So the question I need answered is...either way I plan on becomming microsoft certified, but will a diploma benefit me in finding employment? I have done some research and everyone I have spoken to says something different, needless to say...I'm still waiting for others to get back to me. Junior positions on jobsites seem to request various levels of qualifications, but for the most part, it would seem a degree is most prominent. Unfortunately, that is not an option for me. So if you guys could please give me your input, I would appreciate it.