+ 0 Votes volunteer yourself and start to network with people AYJE 6 years ago I volunteer myself to work in Non-profit organization. After a month they gave the opportunity to teach and then send me to another country to train others. One year after I got a job as System Administrator for a company. I hope that helps + 0 Votes Thanks drivenbywhat nmqtabt 6 years ago I've got your points, I'm really appreciated it. + 0 Votes Some USIT 6 years ago companies will take a risk on someone with certifications. You should look into getting you MCSA, this will brush you up on what you would be doing as a network admin. You can always say that you have your own consulting company, if they require experience.The key is to learn as much as you can, then do whatever you can to get an interview then sell yourself... + 0 Votes Get your Certs. RFink 6 years ago You'll have to demo your knowledge. Plus most the HR types that screen out candidates look for letters after your name. The certs you acquire of course depend on the OS of the servers. Since Microsoft is the market leader getting an MCSE can't hurt. CNA, CNE , Novell Netware is dead, they're switching to SUSE Linux but it does have a lot of staying power. Linux and Unix are also good things to master. Decide what you want to do and go for it. Good luck + 0 Votes you could always try what i did symon.l 6 years ago Get into a company that has network engineer's, start the job lower down the scale and work your way up. I started at a ISP doing 2nd line support from ADSL, and withing 7 month im now on the networks team as a network engineer...helped me get my foot in server room door so to speak : + 0 Votes Get Some Certs omnknt232006 6 years ago The one thing I would say about certifications is it can't hurt to start with the basic ones. These will help you get your foot in the door. CompTIA is good for that - A+ Network + and Linux + are a solid foundation, if you last through that and decide to continue on this career path that is when I would probably go about looking into MCSE or Cisco certs. One thing that I am doing is going into job interviews with my basic certs under my belt and then having a strategic plan in place as for how I want to proceed with the rest of them in case the company asks. They are expensive so it is my hope that I can negotiate with the company to pay for the more expensive ones like MCSE. Another thing I am doing is not expecting to become CIO a year after college. I think that jobs in the IT Industry need to start with the basics like working at a helpdesk and then advancing after proving work ethic and dependability. + 0 Votes Same problem drivenbywhat 6 years ago I have the same problem as you. I would like to be a network admin but no experience. I graduated about 8 months ago and couldn't find a job as an admin and neither will you. You have to start at the bottom. Try to find an IT support job with a big company. If you stick around, you'll get a chance to move up in their IT department. But yeah, don't hold your breath in trying to get your first job as an admin. Not going to happen. I have N+ and MCSA and still can't get a job as an admin. I've only been able to get a tech support job. Certs are good only for two reasons. If you already have the experience, it makes you look even better. If you have no experience, it will get your foot in the door for tech support.