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Average Day of a CCNA,CCNP,CCIE?

By gordonsean ·
Hey guys and gals,

I'll be graduating in the spring with a degree in IS. I'm 22 and have obtained the A+ cert. I recently begun studying for the CCNA. My question: What is an average day like for those in the networking field?

Consider things like-tasks, hours, amount traveling, is there high-turnover?(to name a few)

Easy Question, but a lot of points!!!

--I look forward to your responses--

Sean

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by McKayTech In reply to Average Day of a CCNA,CCN ...

I don't think there is an average day because the employment situations vary so widely. I've worked in a variety of situations but am currently working as a network specialist for a state-wide government agency with about 1600 users.
While most ofmy job is at the central office where the majority of the computer resources are, there are also 18 branch offices with a server, LAN and WAN that have to be supported so a road trip of 200-500 miles comes up once a month or so. Hours are standard business hours with roughly 2 weeks of 7x24 on-call every quarter.

State jobs are generally coveted not for the pay, but for the benefits and job security and as a result, turnover tends towards the low side.

Tasks involve planning for future growth, ongoing monitoring of the network and servers for performance, hardware repair/replacement as necessary, configuration and installation of routers and other network equipment and interfacing with equipment vendors. Typically at this level, you also handle network

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by McKayTech In reply to Average Day of a CCNA,CCN ...

Part 2 (contd) ...network issues that are escalated from the Help Desk because of nature, complexity or a need for further research of the problem and potential solution.

You can expect to spend a lot of time reviewing logs, maintaining documentation, researching solutions and capturing network performance statistics. When things get too quiet, there is usually another ILOVEYOU virus just around the corner to spice things up. And there is a little bit of traffic cop in monitoring the network for appropriate use and making referrals for intervention when indicated.


paul

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by gordonsean In reply to Average Day of a CCNA,CCN ...

Thanks for your time/information.

sean

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by avachon In reply to Average Day of a CCNA,CCN ...

Hi, I agree with Paul that there is rarely a "typcial day" but we also spend a great deal of time monitoring traffic and performance of servers. Really depends on size of the network and segmentation of labor. Two people are responsible for backups at central office and satellite offices are responsible for backups to specific shares that we then backup nightly. Also do hardware upgrades/troubleshooting; network planning (research win2K now); adding and diabling accounts (we have temp workers);researching errors, satellite offices are reasonably small so most administration is done remotely (PC anywhere)but we dispatch an admin when necessary (and always do a full check of every office -112 of them - every 6 months). Hours are 8-5 with one 24x7 on call weekend once a month. Run reports for upper management on network performance and make recommendations for upgrades/expansion where necessary. Travel approx. once a month for 2-3 days either for meetings or work at a specific office.

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by avachon In reply to Average Day of a CCNA,CCN ...

(continued) Other task include basic troubleshooting on routers, hubs, pc hardware such as nics, cabling, etc. Some tasks are done once a week,every week (updating virus definitions, running full backups, testing tapes for corruption). Then, there are tasks you don't expect - a hard disk crashes, a router goes out, etc. that changes the dynamics for the day. Hope this helps.

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by gordonsean In reply to Average Day of a CCNA,CCN ...

Sounds good Ivachon, I look forward to my career,

Sean

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by timber In reply to Average Day of a CCNA,CCN ...

There is no typical days in this field. You go to work expecting a quite and peaceful because you were out a little late last night / hangover. When you walk out of your house your pagers goes off because someone tripped over a network cable that plugs the router into the external switch. It takes you 10 minutes to drive what normally takes a 30 minutes. Just to find a cable was unplugged and noone else could figure that out.
There is a lot of documentation, reports, testing, testing, and then somemore testing just to make sure everything is functioning correctly... I have been fortunate in traveling mainly just local trips across town no more than 25 miles, with the exception of classes and out of state meetings.

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