Should I choose the networking field or administration (MCSE) for growth in my career?

Training and certification expert Ed Tittel speaks to deciding between administration and networking fields for career growth.

I finished my Engineering degree 1.5 years ago. Before I completed my graduation I studied CCNA and obtained an

SCSA (Sun Solaris) certification, but I couldn't complete my CCNA certification. After that, I got a job in a firm dealing with structured cabling systems, but I am still working for them, and I want growth in my career. Can you please tell me which field I should choose between networking and administration (MCSE)?

Dear Sir:

The distinction between systems administration and networking is becoming relatively meaningless, so that choosing one invariably involves components of the other nowadays. If you want to tread the Microsoft road, however, you'd be better off looking into their Vista-oriented MCTS-MCITP-Microsoft Certified Architect Program series rather than the 2000/2003 MCSA/MCSE series in any case (it's got a much more sustainable future, with 2000 about to drop off the map, and 2003 to last only as long as the time lag between Vista and whatever comes after that).

Hope that helps, and best of luck with your career planning process.


This was first published in January 2007

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