We have seen several political and financial policies thru the past decade that lead to the economic tumult I for one don't blame any administration for the mess. Instead I see it as a problem we share globally. The cause can be bickered over and probably will remain a heated debate by forces both well-meaning and those with agendas. As a network engineer in a community that had no borders the impact on you is not equal to that of another.
The economy has hurt other recruiters that are generalists but my business has seen a steady and growing demand for Network engineers who know their stuff and CCIEs. Has the Value of the certification suffered in this environment? Yes for those with lighter or lesser skills but no for those who are the kings of their craft.
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