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Help me get my foot in the door: Becoming a cisco networking professional

By atc302 ·
I am a recent graduate with a B.S in Computer and Information Sciences.

I have no experience in my field of study. I have a CCNA that I earned my studying in my own time while working a dead end full-time job.

I have applied to every networking company in my area for the past 6 months, and nobody is interested in a networking person with 0 years of documented experience. I have been on monster for 6 months, and nothing has come my way yet.

All of the hiring personnel that I have interviewed with tell me that I need to get some experience before they will hire me.

This is a never ending loop, and I am at my wit's end. How do I get experience? I am thinking of taking out another loan and going to the cisco academy to start work on a CCNP to make myself more marketable, but that still doesn't solve the experience problem.

Some of the networking professionals I have spoke to told me that I need to get a job working helpdesk for a few years, and try working my way up through the company. This seems reasonable, but how long will that take? I'm in debt up to my eyeballs from college.

I nearly got suckered into the internship IT school scam that had a big buzz going on here at Tech Republic, but I managed to dig up the thread and figure it out before I wasted my money.

Is more education pointless? What would be the fast track to getting experience towards becoming a network engineer?

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