I have MCSE and CCNA and work experience of 2 years on windows NT
administration and networking. Now I want to advance in my career. I am in a
dilemma about whether to settle down in administration or as a network engineer.
If I want to upgrade my skills, is it better to go for Unix administration
A wise man once told me that the hallmark of a truly interesting question
was that the answer always begins with the phrase "that depends..." By that
criterion, your questions qualify as interesting. And the answer begins with
the usual formula: The certifications you pursue for the future will depend
on the kind of job role you wish to grow into. Thus, if your goals are to
become a system/network administrator, the Unix/Linux administration path is
probably best for you (though you should also consider other popular
operating systems such as Microsoft Windows -- MCSA or MCSE, to be more
specific -- or Novell NetWare -- CNA, CNE, or MCNE, to be more specific again).
OTOH, if your inclinations lean you more toward network engineering, the
Cisco credentials -- CCNA, CCNP, and on to other, more senior Cisco
certs -- would represent a better growth path for you.
In the final analysis, only you can decide where your interests lie. But
if you haven't yet started down the certification trail, you might want to
begin with CompTIA's A+ and Network+ credentials to get you started with a
solid basic techical foundation. In the process of completing those
entry-level certs, you should also be able to get a better sense for where
your long-term interests and goals reside.
This was first published in January 2002