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Is this Enough???

By ryanw ·
I am in a program where I am getting A+, Network+, Novell CNA, and MCP-Win2000..then going on to MCSE I want to run Networks from start to finish..will this be enough..any suggestions??


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Suggestion: Experience

by generalist In reply to Is this Enough???

You might see if the program also offers work-study opportunities so you can add 'real world' experience to your resume.

That experience may be with non-profits or other groups that can help you hone your skills in exchange for letters of recommendation. If the experience involves being paid for what you do, so much the better.

You'll find that having the certifications is only a start, even if they involve hundreds of hours of lab time. Having the certs and real world experience works much better.

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Learn By Doing

by GuruOfDos In reply to Is this Enough???

Get yourself a couple of cheap PC's....anything will do. Make up a network using a couple of NIC's and a hub. Have a play! Back up your learning with a little 'hands on experience'.

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No (to be too blunt)

by eBob In reply to Is this Enough???

1 - As mentioned, and is hopefully quite obvious, experience is far more valuable than certs. Certs can be used as a starting point. Or they can be used to backup years of experience. Consider this from a hiring manager's point of view and you'll see a world of difference.

2 - With a couple of small exceptions, what you are preparing for is Systems Administration, NOT Network Admininstration. The Network+ is a good launching pad for networking. Consider this: the average CCIE has 10 years experience in Networking alone, and often another 5 to 10 years other I.T. experience prior to that. The MCP briefly touches on networking. The CNA is good for getting your foot in the door, but be aware that NetWare will die, eventually. It may take another couple of years before it KNOWS it's dead...

Other suggestions?

1 - Get some real experience. You're off to a good start. After a year of two of general I.T. exposure, if you're still interested in networks, start to focus on that. Ciscohas a great, although product specific, certification program.

2 - Always ensure that whatever jobs you take provide for continued development. I.T. has seem more changes in the past 10 years than anything in history, and that's the one thing wecan reliably predict will continue.

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