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Some questions on the networking field


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#1 kai85

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Posted 04 January 2015 - 03:01 PM

Hello. I've been posting on a couple forums just trying to get as much feedback as I can regarding materials I can use to better prepare myself for classes/exams I may be taking in the future. I've gotten some college certifications in computer networking roughly 7-8 years ago and the books that I have are from Odom but they're a bit dated. I was considering picking up his newer books but decided I'd see what everyone else recommends.

 

Another thing I'd like to ask about is which entry level positions should I be aiming for if my area of interest is in network administration? I'll be 30 this year and I've been seriously considering a career change from something non IT related (due to physical limitations growing on me), so I have no work related experiences. I'm not computer illiterate or anything and picked up most of what I was taught back in college, so although I'm a little late, I feel like with some reading material along with some class sessions, I could probably pick up where I left off hopefully. On the subject of being "late" though, as long as I'm willing to put the effort in, what are the chances of someone my age being successfull in this particular field?

 

Would love to read everyone's feedback. Thanks!


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#2 Kilroy

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Posted 04 January 2015 - 06:16 PM

What do you mean by Network Administration.  The absolute worst thing about IT is that the job titles don't mean anything.  I've been an IT Specialist, IT Analyst, Network Engineer, Network Administrator, and a few more.  At the end of the day what I do hasn't changed that much.

 

One issue I see with a straight networking position is that a lot of companies are moving to IPv6, which wasn't around the last time you were studying.  Not to say that IPv4 is dead, but it is slowly headed on its way out, especially at a professional level.



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Posted 05 January 2015 - 04:49 PM

What do you mean by Network Administration.  The absolute worst thing about IT is that the job titles don't mean anything.  I've been an IT Specialist, IT Analyst, Network Engineer, Network Administrator, and a few more.  At the end of the day what I do hasn't changed that much.

 

One issue I see with a straight networking position is that a lot of companies are moving to IPv6, which wasn't around the last time you were studying.  Not to say that IPv4 is dead, but it is slowly headed on its way out, especially at a professional level.

 

Good question. I'll be honest.. I'm not very familiar with all the different titles out there. What I was planning on persuing originally was a job where I can add/remove items on a network (phsycally/logically), manage networks, troubleshoot issues, and maintain it.. It was actually labeled as a network administration degree at the time when I was taking the classes which is why I always used the term. Probably sounds pretty broad and I'm sure there are many titles that cover most of my interests.

 

I'm sure once I start getting into the field, I'll probably find my way into some sort of networking position, whatever the title may be. I just want to get some reading material to cover what I need to know outside of work related experience to help me get a better general understanding of everything. By the time that happens, I'll probably have a better understanding of what it is I want and what's available out there.



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Posted 12 January 2015 - 06:22 PM

I'd suggest looking at the job posting in your area that you might be interested in and looking for what certifications they are asking you to have.  I don't think you can break right into the network part of IT without a Cisco or similar certification.

 

Once you get into the field and get some real world experience certifications aren't normally as important, unless required by your employer, needed to maintain third party support levels.



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Posted 24 June 2015 - 05:29 AM

I also agree with BC Advisor  you first need experience and clear understanding of the technology. Do not think you are late, give your 100% and definitely you will get whatsoever you want.   






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