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switching to networking.

By knownsense ·
I am a 32 yr male and not from IT. I have 10 yr experience working as a Executive Asst. Now, I want to get into HW networking. I know too less about the certifications. I cannot proceed without guidance. At this age i cant go without an income so very soon i have switched into voice based technical support job. Parallely i intend to gain knowledge/certifications in networking. I need advice from u seniors as to which certification will help me get my first break and what would be the subsequent series of certifications that i should look forward to.
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by Kingbackwards In reply to switching to networking.

Here are several postings people have made about Certs in the past two years. The main ones you will want to look at are the Cisco related since that is relevant to networking positions. And most people with any good expertise have at least a CCNA

TechRepublic's 2009 IT skills and salary report (In it there are several breakdowns of salaries and certification correlations)
http://downloads.techrepublic.com.com/abstract.aspx?kw=job+report&docid=926169

Salaries by Popular Certifications
http://www.globalknowledge.com/training/generic.asp?pageid=2293&country=United+States

10 tech certifications that actually mean something...
http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/10things/?p=211&tag=content;leftCol

The ten hottest certs for 2008...
http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/career/?p=223&tag=rbxccnbtr1

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by Mohammad Oweis In reply to From the Republic

Yes indeed, CCNA is the first step in the networking world.
After having CCNA and some hands on experience,you can learn something about VoIP as its getting more popular.
And you can specialize in security (Cisco has an excellent track in security), as you may know with more technology advancement security is becoming more and more important.

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