I have an engineering diploma in Electronics and Communications. I have 5+ years of experience in Enterprise Communication Systems, but unfortunately there was not much growth in this track. Now I want to switch into the IT sector. For that, I have completed CCNA and MCP certifications. I have a job as a desktop support engineer and I am not satisfied with this job. I am very confused right now. I need your advice about what career path I should choose, system or networking, in terms of growth and money.
The distinction between system and networks is growing progressively more fuzzy with time, so that Microsoft certified IT professionals perforce must know a lot about networking, and networking professionals must know a fair amount to a lot about the host operating systems on their networks, particularly those used to provide common network services such as DHCP, DNS, directory services, Web and file transfer, remote access and VPN, e-mail, and so forth. Thus, I would recommend following whichever path appeals to you most so that your interest and enthusiasm can be most fully engaged if at all possible, knowing that both system and network administration paths ultimately lead to many of the same career destinations, long-term. That said, if you can't make up your mind, do some analysis of locally available jobs and cold-bloodedly pick the pathway that offers the most job opportunities. It's not the most sure-fire way to predict the situation when you become fully geared up for your next job, but it's a workable and defensible planning strategy.
Hope that helps, and thanks for posting,
Dig Deeper on Networking careers and certifications
Related Q&A from Ed Tittel
Microsoft offers different tools to assign Windows 10 PCs to servicing channels. Learn how to assign desktops to servicing channels using a ... Continue Reading
When Windows Update malfunctions, IT must follow this four-step process to fix the problems. Be sure to have admin privileges before getting started. Continue Reading
Without the latest Windows Defender updates, your users' desktops won't be completely protected. When update problems occur, there are several ... Continue Reading