Q

Would a CCNP/CCDP help me enter a network administration career?

How marketable are your skills? Would a CCNP/CCDP help you get into network administration? Find out in this expert response by Ed Tittel.

I'd like to break into network administration and eventually network/system security. I worked part-time doing technical support and programming during high-school and junior college. Since then, I've spent 2.5 years as a programmer and 1.5 years testing network software at layers 2-7. As a tester, I spent much of my time analyzing packet traces and writing tools to generate or fuzz traffic for different protocols. I am currently an IT manager doing very little hands-on work. I have an AA degree and am planning to pick up the CCNA and Security+ soon. I've published several articles on software security. How do I make the switch to network administration? How helpful would a CCNP/CCDP be? Given my goals, how useful is the management experience I'm accumulating? Is my low-level TCP/IP knowledge valuable?

Dear Sir or Madam:

Both your low-level TCP/IP and your management experience should be useful in helping you make the switch into network administration (particularly the former, which is a skill in pretty high demand). A CCNP would probably be more valuable than a CCDP, because the people who design networks (where the CCDP applies) are seldom the same people who take care of them on a day-to-day basis (where the CCNP applies). If you can put together a resume and cover letter that explain how your prior experience helps to prepare you to run a network (where management is essential, both in dealing with the technology and the people who make it work), I think you will be pleasantly surprised by how marketable your combination of skills turns out to be.

Good luck!
--Ed--

This was first published in June 2007

Dig deeper on Networking Certs and Careers

Pro+

Features

Enjoy the benefits of Pro+ membership, learn more and join.

Have a question for an expert?

Please add a title for your question

Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.

You will be able to add details on the next page.

0 comments

Oldest 

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:

-ADS BY GOOGLE

SearchSDN

SearchEnterpriseWAN

SearchUnifiedCommunications

SearchMobileComputing

SearchDataCenter

SearchITChannel

Close