move from Brizzy then because there isn't much going on up there
. Remember too, that CISCO certification is far more important than Microsoft Certification. Which Cisco stuff do you have? I'm currently studying CCNA.
I am a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, currently working as a senior systems engineer (contractor) and the others are right. The study alone will not get you any job. However, given the fact that our industry is closing down and that jobs are being lost all over the place I would suggest that the certification is now a major factor when trying to find a job.
Someone with qualifications and certification will get the job over someone with qualifications only. Indeed i've seen helpdesk jobs advertised where MCP is a mandatory requirement!
As for the study, it is possible (and cheaper) to self study so go for it. You will, however, find that you need more than certification. There are too many "paper MCSE's" out there, people who are certified without any real knowledge, who have simply learnt the answers to the questions to the tests (got to love Transcenders!). To get the experience you may need to start at the absolute bottom of the barrel, but if you are clever and have good customer service skills then you will do OK.
Anyway, good luck.