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Network Administrator, how to become one.

By matthew.balthrop ·
I pose this question in hopes of collecting the opinions of experts such as your selves. I am noticing a common trend in the Job Market for Network Administrators. A common desired qualification happens to be multiple years of experience in networking. My question is this, how does someone with no prior networking experience obtain a job in networking? The only viable solution I have is the current path I have been following;
I am currently Network+ certified and am a Client Support Administrator for my company(essentially local OU domain administration), about to take my A+ cert. Obtain my MCDST and finish up my degree in Computer Information Technology. Get a job as a Desktop Support/PC Tech. Obtain my MCITP in Server 2008 and pursue a job in System Administration. Get CCNA certified and begin studying for my CCNP while pursuing a career in Network Administration.
This seems to be the work around I have come up with, that will give me the experience and credentials needed to be a network administrator. What are your thoughts? Am I going about this the wrong way, or are there certain aspects of my track that I should add/remove? I have noticed that many times the responsibilities of a system admin and network admin are combined into the same position, which is what prompted me to pursue the track listed above. I appreciate any feedback and look forward to conversing with you all.

-Matt

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