ccna employment

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Feb 10th, 2007

hi everyone,

I could use some input from others to see if Im on the right path. Here is the thing, Im 39 and was laid off of my job last year. Computers have alway intriged me. When I was laid off I decide to change careers from servicing electric motors to computer networking. I completed a computer network admin course for the last yr and passed. I already took my a+ and passed so Im ceritified in that, now Ive been studying for my ccna which Im taking the intro exam next week. Here is the thing, if I get my ccna certificate do you think employment will be hard to find. I don't really have experience in the computer computer field. I feel that If I do have my certification someone is bound to give me a shot...and Im not getting any younger...Im really motivated to get into this type of field. Has anyone at my age decided to try and enter this field similar to how doing it. Im willing to travel anywhere to get some experience. What to you guys think my chances are, your input is really appricated on this one, thanks

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jcrussell Sat, 02/10/2007 - 13:43

I can't speak regarding age, as I am 28. But I can speak about my experience with certs.

Last summer, a local company posted a network engineer job. I had been a programmer and was a Windows/Exchange (yuck!) admin at the time. I applied for the job, but they took the posting down. In the mean time, I got my CCNA. They reposted the job, I applied, interviewed, and got the job. Since then (August 2006), I have earned my CCNP and passed the CCIE written.

So in my case, I think getting my CCNA was a great help to my career. Now obviously this is just one person's experience. Your mileage may vary. :)

cprice2k7 Mon, 02/12/2007 - 08:14

I was 35 when I busted into the computer business. I got my A+ and was hired as a desktop repair technician. During that time I studied and passed the CCNA and was hired as a Network Engineer. I received my CCNP and was placed into a Linux Admin/Network Engineer. My CCNP lapsed, but when I was 44 I was hired on into my present job as Senior Network Engineer without an active cert, based on background and experience.

What I am getting at is you may have to start in another area of computers before getting a network job. Hopefully with your electronics background it will open more doors.

soda99999 Mon, 02/12/2007 - 09:27

thanks for you input, I was thinking the same thing. Even though I feel more secure and more knowable in networking, I think Ill end up starting with an a+ job, I don't really have a choice. I guess this is starting at the bottom and working my way.

Anyway thanks for answering me, take care


cprice2k7 Tue, 02/13/2007 - 07:31

Best thing to do is once you get the job find out who the network engineer/admin is and learn from them. This will get you some hands on and you will also learn your organization's network layout. Eventually someone on the network team will leave and you will be pretty well positioned to step into that role.

Good Luck


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