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Oracle or the Cisco path?

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Oracle or the Cisco path?

YaB
Hello everybody,

I graduated back in October and I'd really like to continue on my studies. The question is, what path should I take? I have my bachelors in Network Communications, but I'm unsure which route I'd like to gain my experience in.

I?d like to go into the programming world with Oracle database/security. But I'm not sure whether I should stick to what I've been learning for the past 3 years and continue with it?or learn something completely new (I?d like to have a variety of skill sets). There are a lot of certifications out there for Oracle & Cisco. Is it either the Oracle path or the Cisco path?

I know it's a bit blunt to ask and something I should find out for myself. But there has to be at least a couple people out there with the same (or had the same) situation as I am. Any advice is appreciated.
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    frank.schafer

    Hi,
    If you'd like to continue your studies then it's IMHO not a question of certificates. Take some issue in "real" IT science and write your diploma work or your doctor's work.
    Certifications - well - one of my former chiefs spoke to jme: "We don't want our people to have a piece of paper, we want our people to have the skills."
    ... and he is right with this. Everything I'm able to do today I learned at the job. Well, I have some certificates too (Solaris, Networking, Oracle administration ...) but this I have from courses my employers sent me to.
    BTW: Nobody sent me to Cisco, maybe because these courses are damn expensive (here where I live - in Czech Republic - a low to medium level certificate costs a 2 to 3 month a CC*A certificate a half to year fee).
    Maybe I see it this way because I'm not living in the US but I use to be concentrated on the job role I actually have. This led me to a vairety of skills too, and it led me to a widely spread after 20 years of IT expirience ;-}

    Just my .02$

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    sbhana

    All depends on what your are more comfortable working with Networking or DB Administration? What you see yourself doing in work environment and you enjoy doing?
    Both paths offer good opportunities, but I think it is not necessary to take certification , but to gather real live experience in job.

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    sbhana

    All depends on what your are more comfortable working with Networking or DB Administration? What you see yourself doing in work environment and you enjoy doing?
    Both paths offer good opportunities, but I think it is not necessary to take certification , but to gather real live experience in job.

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    Triathlete1981

    you realize that oracle and cisco are almost like comparing apples and oranges, right? i have my ccna, a+, network+, and linux+. i hardly ever use linux except for the one freebsd dhcp server we have.

    i like cisco. i have a cisco border router. not a big fan of programming.

    if you have a bachelors in networking (i'm assuming computer science) and you haven't decided yet what to get into, i think you have more problems than oracle and cisco. besides, you really want the advice of random people you've never met and will never see face-to-face?

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    sbhana

    All depends on what your are more comfortable working with Networking or DB Administration? What you see yourself doing in work environment and you enjoy doing?
    Both paths offer good opportunities, but I think it is not necessary to take certification , but to gather real live experience in job.

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    sbhana

    All depends on what your are more comfortable working with Networking or DB Administration? What you see yourself doing in work environment and you enjoy doing?
    Both paths offer good opportunities, but I think it is not necessary to take certification , but to gather real live experience in job.

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    Triathlete1981

    you realize that oracle and cisco are almost like comparing apples and oranges, right? i have my ccna, a+, network+, and linux+. i hardly ever use linux except for the one freebsd dhcp server we have.

    i like cisco. i have a cisco border router. not a big fan of programming.

    if you have a bachelors in networking (i'm assuming computer science) and you haven't decided yet what to get into, i think you have more problems than oracle and cisco. besides, you really want the advice of random people you've never met and will never see face-to-face?

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    frank.schafer

    Hi,
    If you'd like to continue your studies then it's IMHO not a question of certificates. Take some issue in "real" IT science and write your diploma work or your doctor's work.
    Certifications - well - one of my former chiefs spoke to jme: "We don't want our people to have a piece of paper, we want our people to have the skills."
    ... and he is right with this. Everything I'm able to do today I learned at the job. Well, I have some certificates too (Solaris, Networking, Oracle administration ...) but this I have from courses my employers sent me to.
    BTW: Nobody sent me to Cisco, maybe because these courses are damn expensive (here where I live - in Czech Republic - a low to medium level certificate costs a 2 to 3 month a CC*A certificate a half to year fee).
    Maybe I see it this way because I'm not living in the US but I use to be concentrated on the job role I actually have. This led me to a vairety of skills too, and it led me to a widely spread after 20 years of IT expirience ;-}

    Just my .02$

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    sbhana

    All depends on what your are more comfortable working with Networking or DB Administration? What you see yourself doing in work environment and you enjoy doing?
    Both paths offer good opportunities, but I think it is not necessary to take certification , but to gather real live experience in job.

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    sbhana

    All depends on what your are more comfortable working with Networking or DB Administration? What you see yourself doing in work environment and you enjoy doing?
    Both paths offer good opportunities, but I think it is not necessary to take certification , but to gather real live experience in job.

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    Triathlete1981

    you realize that oracle and cisco are almost like comparing apples and oranges, right? i have my ccna, a+, network+, and linux+. i hardly ever use linux except for the one freebsd dhcp server we have.

    i like cisco. i have a cisco border router. not a big fan of programming.

    if you have a bachelors in networking (i'm assuming computer science) and you haven't decided yet what to get into, i think you have more problems than oracle and cisco. besides, you really want the advice of random people you've never met and will never see face-to-face?

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    sbhana

    All depends on what your are more comfortable working with Networking or DB Administration? What you see yourself doing in work environment and you enjoy doing?
    Both paths offer good opportunities, but I think it is not necessary to take certification , but to gather real live experience in job.

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    sbhana

    All depends on what your are more comfortable working with Networking or DB Administration? What you see yourself doing in work environment and you enjoy doing?
    Both paths offer good opportunities, but I think it is not necessary to take certification , but to gather real live experience in job.

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    Triathlete1981

    you realize that oracle and cisco are almost like comparing apples and oranges, right? i have my ccna, a+, network+, and linux+. i hardly ever use linux except for the one freebsd dhcp server we have.

    i like cisco. i have a cisco border router. not a big fan of programming.

    if you have a bachelors in networking (i'm assuming computer science) and you haven't decided yet what to get into, i think you have more problems than oracle and cisco. besides, you really want the advice of random people you've never met and will never see face-to-face?