Right now I work as a Business Analyst at a large company. I've been at this job for 7 months now. The vast majority of my co-workers are simply people who studied computers at college but have no real technical experience. I studied computers, but my background is very technical (build computers, small-time networking, software development, database administration, etc.). I would like to continue developing my technical skills. I have an undergraduate and a Masters degree in Information Systems. In about a month, I will be without a job. During this time, I'm gonna bust my ass to find a job, but realistically I'll be looking in a saturated market without any competitive skills to offer. I'm a hard worker and a great employee, but that doesn't show on my resume if I want a technical position without much experience. Instead, I've been thinking about getting certified in a lot of different stuff. CCNA, Java, Zend, MCSE, MCAD... I know this wouldn't hurt me at all, but I've always looked at certifications as being a way for people without a college education to get a job in IT. Also, it's been my experience that managers and other leaders in an organization don't really have certifications. thoughts?