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College, Certification, or Expierience?

By Shs_Bulldog ·
Hi. I just graduated High School. I have been second in charge of our School District's network for about 2 years. I know pretty much everthing that our Network Adminstrator does. My question is, if I want to be a Network Administrator should I go to college, get a certification, or go for the expierince? I have been looking at the college programs and most of the degrees in computers have nothing that I would be intrested in or that would even have something to do with Network Administration. If certification, which one?? Thanks for the responces.

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by avachon In reply to College, Certification, o ...

Hi, consider this: you have 2 years experience in admin. and certfication would validate that experience (or add to it depending on what you have done). However, this is somewhat of a short view since technologies change all the time, which I'm sure you know. A college education will provide you with much more than technical exposure. It sharpens your critical thinking abilities which enhances your troubleshooting skills ultimately. You'll gain insight into other fields (related and non-related to admin. which will help you see how other fields, ideas, methods do relate to administration and working with people. You may find yourself exploring related fields 10 or more years from now and a college education is a prerequisite. And think of this, if you felt that certifications were very important (beyond experience) you can work on these during or after your college training. It's difficult to look 10 or 15 years down the road, but doing so will equip you for changes beyond a specific cert. Get your deg

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by Shs_Bulldog In reply to College, Certification, o ...
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by avachon In reply to College, Certification, o ...

(got cut off) get your college degree and than augement it with certications if necessary or keep your experience going with part-time contract work, internships, etc. while in school. Certifications change but the fact that you have your degree will not change. If you ever decide you want to move into management, you'll need that degree as well. Good luck.

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by Shs_Bulldog In reply to College, Certification, o ...
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by McKayTech In reply to College, Certification, o ...

Short term answer: you could probably do okay without the degree for awhile. Many IT organizations are critically short-staffed and as long as the shortage lasts, degrees may be less important. When the industry matures and the shortage tapers off, you'll be in a weaker position.

Long term answer: I would strongly encourage the degree and now is probably the best time in your life to pursue it. Rather than going heavily into debt to get the degree, you would use your experience to get a great job while you are in school (sure beats the work-study positions that pay minimum wage) and have the degree at the end of it. Plus, I think you'll find after six years of Network Administration, there will be other things you'll want to try and the degree, combined with the experience, will help open those doors.

If none of the degree programs look appealing right now, you still have two years of basics in which to sort things out.

paul

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by Shs_Bulldog In reply to College, Certification, o ...
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by budnelson In reply to College, Certification, o ...

Do not even think twice about this one , go to school. Once you get your degree you can do anything you want to , work in IT , be a carpenter , make ice cream. It doesn't matter what you do. Pursuing a degree will help you grow as a person, to travel , get away from home, etc. Once you get a degree no one can take it away. Most employers just want to see that you have enough gumption to stick out 4 years of education. You don't have to work in the field your degree is in.

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by Shs_Bulldog In reply to College, Certification, o ...
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by TedBovis In reply to College, Certification, o ...

Most of the Answers here say go and get that Degree, well I'm going to be different....actually no I'm not. Follow the good advice and get the degree, it WILL do everything that they say it will, however depending on your commitments try and pick upa contract during your holiday/time off however short this will get you commercial experience which to begin with is more important than anything although the line bluurs and the Degree is more important after a few years when you want to progress. Once you have finished the degree and are earning money start the certifications, MCSE, Cisco or whatever alse there is, but don't take time out as things move to quickly for that, use self study books or short courses to get those exams.
I've followed a similar route to this and things do look very good after a few years, but contracting is where to get lots of good skills and get thown into the deep end of things, then you can look at a staff job doing the admin role. Good Luck :)

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