Hi, based on the job description below could you tell me whether the position below in a large company is the right one to take me to the CCIE path? I know the position is in the 'engineering' group and I am wondering what you think about it. I have no other people to ask and I know we have senior and mature people in this forum, therefore I'd appreciate your insigth if you can.
This position is responsible for researching, testing, and designing network services and managing networks and information security projects, to include being the technology expert for application and network projects. Responsible for the selection of appropriate technology and will lead, design, plan and coordinate implementation and integration of network projects to meet business needs, costs and scheduling commitments, to include ensuring information security is built into networking solutions. Also responsible for learning, coaching, and presenting elements of networking technologies to both technical and non-technical people.
In addition to the one above, I have an offer as a network engineer (bgp, voip, wireless, routing & switching) in a mid-size company. I need to make a decision on which position will be more exciting to my career. My primary goal is to become a CCIE. I am a senior systems engineer+CCNA level.
Again thanks for your input.
The consultant job is going to be design and project management, with little hands on. The engineer job will be mostly hands on. The consultant job sounds like a good fit for someone who already is a CCIE level engineer. CCIE aside, which sounds like what you want to do?
Passing the CCIE is all about hands on configuration, but the truth is that few networking jobs are going to really prepare you for the lab exam. You need to be able to devote a lot of time to configuration practice in a lab environment. That either means you get access to a lab (or build one), or buy virtual lab time. It also means having a day job that leaves you with the time and energy to pursue CCIE. An ideal job would be one that would provide the lab gear, a couple hours a day to study, and pay for your lab attempts.
You should discuss your CCIE ambitions with the prospective employers. That will provide you with the best guidance to help you make a decision.
Good Luck, Dave