I am in a bit of a scenario. I am 20 years old. I have almost finished the CCNA with in the Cisco networking academy...
By submitting your email address, you agree to receive emails regarding relevant topic offers from TechTarget and its partners. You can withdraw your consent at any time. Contact TechTarget at 275 Grove Street, Newton, MA.
program (CNAP). I have also recently got a job now as a Level 2 support engineer starting in September. I intend to carry on the CNAP program to the CCNP level then in a few years go for the CCIE and an MBA. Should I stick to this route or do some sort of IT degree after doing the CCNA course and forget about the job. Which path do I take to progress further and quickly into the networking field, which I have a great passion for. Chintan Dear Chintan: Since it sounds like you want to be a hands-on technical expert, I believe the combination of strong certifications (and the CCIE certainly counts in that regard) plus significant work experience will be more conducive to meeting your stated career goals than pursuing an IT degree.
That said, you should also research prospective employers carefully; some employers do indeed require candidates to meet certain minimum academic levels of attainment. I myself once qualified for a programming job with a large oilfield services company in the 1980s because in addition to 5 years of experience I also had a master's degree in another field (anthropology). As long as you don't find yourself competing for a position in that kind of environment, you should do just fine.
Good luck in your future efforts,
Dig Deeper on Networking Certs and Careers
Related Q&A from Ed Tittel
Get the inside scoop on a network manager's job description, workload and responsibilities which keep an organization's network infrastructure ...continue reading
You don't have to break the bank when it comes to finding resources for managing Windows Server.continue reading
Easier file access across devices and faster Windows 8 startup are among the Windows 8.1 features that could win over Windows 7 users.continue reading
Have a question for an expert?
Please add a title for your question
Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.