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By rdanieltmail ·
Hi everybody,

I want some advice concerning career direction. I have about 7 years of experience in Network Administration(Lan Manager & Windows NT 3.5, 3.51, 4.0). I stopped working in Dec of 1998. After trying for a few months in the early months of 1999, I stopped trying for a job because of some family situation. I want to get back to my field. Since I was away for 2 plus years from my field, how can I get back? I am thinking of taking some Cisco courses and doing the certification. WillI get a job using Cisco products, especially since I was away from the field for 2 plus years? Please Help!
Thanks!
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by skippy In reply to Career Direction

Hello,
Alot has changed in two years especially
with the Microsoft product line. If your
interested in working with Microsofts'
product then I would suggest some training
and certs in the new Windows 2000, Windows 2000 server, or nt4.0 ( yes NT 4 is still alive and well ).
If you wish to pursue a Cisco cert then you will be installing, and configuring there hardware only. So depending on what your desire is these are two suggestions.
Good luck on the path you decide.
Bill

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by rdanieltmail In reply to Career Direction Reply

Thank you for your reply. I have thought about the certification for Microsoft products but I want to go in a all new direction with Cisco products. My question is "Will I get a job if I take the cisco courses and do the certification for them?" I don't have experience with cisco products.

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by skippy In reply to Career Direction

Hello Again,

Cisco is one of the hardest certs to obtain. Once you have that cert you can parctically write your own ticket in that field. There are more and more It professionals trying to acquire this one for that reason, but they still come upshort to cover all the people that they need. I would contact some Cisco trainers or Cisco Corp. themselves and find out all the details on what is needed and how long this process takes. Reasearch, reasearch, and more reasearch will be the key to how you will proceed with the particular direction in the Cisco field. You could end up ( if you qualify and score high enough ) to be one of there trouble shooters and travel all over the globe. Just make sure that you ask the questions and get straight answers before accepting this challange.

Good luck and I hope this helps.

regards,
Bill

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