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By mjawadsiddiqui ·
Hi there,

I am an electrical engineer and have been working in IT (Desktop support and systems admin) role since last 7 years..I am certified with MCSE (NT 4.0), CCNA and just passed CWNA (Certified wireless network admin) exam.

I am very interest in changing my career path towards Cisco (R&S, security) but I still have no stable job I mean to say I have contract job.

I want to upgrade my MCSE to MCSE 2003 and then go for Cisco Security (CCSP)...so If I do mcse (Security track) it will be useful or just do Cisco CCSP courses?

Or should I go for Cisco Wireless? would MCSE 2003 credential will be helpful with Cisco R&S or security?
Please advice...

Thanks,
Jawad

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by j.lupo In reply to Career path decision

My suggestion would be to go with the Cisco training. I have spoken to a lot of people in this area and if you can be working at the same time you get the Cisco knowledge that will improve your marketability. However, we have had quite a few discussions here at TR about experience versus training. The certs will get you past HR, but you have to have the experience to support it.

Another factor is that Cisco is in demand and you may find a career track more in line with what you want to be doing.

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by Tig2 In reply to Career path decision

Hi Jawad;

Based on the direction that you want to go in, the MCSE will not mean nearly as much as the CCSP- or if you prefer the wireless environment, Cisco R&S. Even taking the Security track in MCSE isn't going to give you as much as the CCSP will. You already have CCNA and CWNA which should keep you working.

The question I have is if you are getting exposure to the IT Security group where you are currently contracting? Frankly, you are going to be best served by watching for openings in that group, asking those folks questions about what they aare doing and why, and generally making yourself known to them. If you could move from your present role into the security group at the company where you already are, you may find that there is going to be less focus on your certifications in hand and that they will give you insight into what certs they would like to see you garner. Because you are already there, it would be easier for you to make a lateral move into that team.

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