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I want to be a network administrator.

By jjason89 ·
I need some expert opinions. I am thirty year?s old and I want to get into networking. I have been going to a local Community College where I just received an Associate in General Studies, nothing fancy but at least it should take care of the gen.ed. stuff. I talked with ITT Technical Institute about their networking program it sounds like a good program and I could start this fall. The only problem that I have is that they only offer it as an Associate so I would still have no BA. They do offer BA in other fields, I just thought that networking is the place to be and I believe that I would excel at it. So here is the 30 thousand dollar question? Do I go to a tech school for specialized training in networking even though I can?t get a BA there, or do I go to a college that can get me a BA with heavy emphasis on computers? I am an extremely fast and capable learner.

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My View

by lasher In reply to I want to be a network ad ...

If you want to get into Networking then work part time Networking and part time student to finish your degree in whatever.

I am a Biomedical Engineer by education, but crossed over into Network Engineering. I have no BA in Networking just Cisco Certs and my Biomedical Engineering background.

Good Luck!

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by devin.ellis In reply to My View

I am graduating from ITT in March with an Associates in Computer Networking Systems Technology. They have since changed the curriculim at my school to CNS, but DO NOT enroll in the CNST program! I am almost done with my degree and we have never evenseen a router, a hub, NWAdmin, NT administration... I could go on. If it wasn't for being in the field and learning on my own I would be absolutely lost. I feel extremely sorry for the people in my class who aren't in the field and apply for a network admin job and don't even know how to add a user account to NT. And this cost me almost $30,000 by the way. Now the new program is supposed to be much better, but I would check into it heavily if I were you. Good luck!

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Thanks for the insight

by jjason89 In reply to ITT

My rep at ITT in Albuquerque was telling me that their CNS program was brand new to them and that the very first class was graduating this summer, so she wasn?t able to give me the song and dance about how much their graduated students are earning in Networking. I wanted to speak with someone that had attended there just to find out how good it really is or is not. I was hoping to hear that there was a lot more ?hands on training?. I have had enough classes on the what?s and why?s I want someone to teach me or rather show me how to do networking and do it right. I feel that 30K is more than enough to get that done. I almost attended a 3-day seminar that was all of the latest on Networking. It cost $1000 bucks but I thought that it might put me on the fast track to getting an entry-level position with someone. I know that today it is all about contacts. I know that if I get my foot in the door I can learn fast enough from someone with experience to make everyone happy. Anyhow I wanted to thank you for your insight. I have thought about saving my money and just reading everything I can that is on this website. It is too cool.. Thanks Tech Republic and Thank you Devin.

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There is no magic wand.

by buchanan2you In reply to Thanks for the insight

You have just experienced the ugly circle in information technology. What track do I go for? The first reply I read was correct. Go for the education and work to get an IT job for experience. I have earned every IT job I have because of my education. I have a Masters degree. Notice I didn't tell you in what field. It wasn't IT, but it proved I had great work ethic. I was realistic by not going after the guru jobs at first. I worked for a few years gaining experience and certifications. I am now an information systems manager and am calling the shots. Good Luck.

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i want to be a network admin too

by night_rida00 In reply to I want to be a network ad ...

Currently I am working as a computer technician in a local corporation but I plan to be taking the A+ exam in a few months. I am 17 years old, i'll be 18 in a few months, right now Im studying for the CCNA. Hopefully once I obtain that certification with the help of the network admin im working with i'll go on to CCNP. I would just like to know if any of you have any suggestions. I know that I need a few years of experience currently I am getting experience. I hope to accomplish the CCNA and CCNP before I'm 19, and the CCIE before im 25. Any suggestions would be useful thanks.

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by Shepster In reply to i want to be a network ad ...

Personally, I have found the plus certs to be next to worthless. If your company is paying for it, fine, if it is out of your pocket, don't bother. CCNA and on up are terrific certs! Good luck on the CCIE, those are a real life "Matrix", I have talked to a few, they told me jokes in binary, I didn't get it......

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Experience is key

by Shepster In reply to I want to be a network ad ...

A good certification is worth two degrees. 1-2 years of experience is worth more than a cert. Don't believe them when they say you can get a cert in 6 weeks and walk into a 60K job. It is an awesome industry, it is worth the pain and suffering toget into.
If you are going for a cert, just about anything with a plus after it is a waste of time. Microsoft, Cisco, Unix, Linux are good. I wouldn't pursue Novell, but that is a topic for heated debate, so I won't go down that road. A former boss of mine once told me "If you want to be in this industry, you can expect to read at least and hour a day and 6 to 8 on weekends just to keep up." I haven't found it to be that bad, but not too far off. As I said, it isn't easy, but I think it is worth it. Good luck!

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Thanks for the advice

by night_rida00 In reply to Experience is key

thanks for the advice, i think i'll go ahead and spend my time on the cisco certs and the others like you said. Its an interesting field, and I know that the certs will not come easy but with hard study and preserverance i think i can accomplish the feat.

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What is the best path?

by jjason89 In reply to Experience is key

I agree that experience is key. My question to you is do you think that going to a tech school such as ITT or any other for that matter is a good place to start. Three years ago I hadn?t touch a computer since I was in high school (some 12 years ago.) However, I am fortunate enough to be one of those that can figure just about anything out that I want to and I feel that now I can feel my way around quite well. I have also taken several MS Office classes and I have helped the guy that did our networking. (Nothing big just 5 machines that we hard wired through a hub) We just recently went wireless and it seems to be working great. Ideally although highly unlikely I would like to have a mentor who could just show me the ropes. I am a very visual learner and would have it down in no time. I am very willing to make the effort and I know that I need to build a history of experience I am just trying to make sure that the path I take is a good one. Thanks to all of you I am getting much needed advice. I do appreciate it.

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A little more info

by Shepster In reply to What is the best path?

It is hard to say about the schools. A cert is always valuable, but without a good foundation, I think they pitch the info at you too fast to keep up. If you have the cash to spare, do it. As you learn more and more, you will be able to apply theknowledge they threw at you in school and it will make more sense. The cert could help you get your foot in the door at a lot of places. I empathize with your style of learning. I am similar. Give me a Microsoft book and I start snoring, let me watch how you do something and I get it right away. Problem is, most certification courses are based in a large part on theory. When you learn the layers of the OSI model, that is all theory. It is important and lays the groundwork for future concepts, but there is nothing physical you can watch. Also, if you get a mentor, and you are lucky enough to get a smart one, there are hundreds of ways to do things on a network. Not trying to be discouraging, but I am having to get past not being a good book learner, and you will too. Hope this helps!

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