bachelor's degree, cisco certification, MOS in military, employment outlook

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Dec 17th, 2007

I am a OIF vet and my MOS in the marine corps was 0656 Data Network Specialist which involved mostly cisco devices so i have a little bit of experience in internetworking. I am currently attending college to get a bachelor's in computer science. I was wondering if I should stay in school and wait to get a cisco certification or get certified now. Also what is the employment outlook if i was to graduate and get certified.

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patrick.a.bolton Mon, 12/17/2007 - 14:22

I am an OIF vet too. My MOS in the Army was 74B (now called 26B after some re-orgs), Information Systems Operator Analyst and Maintainer. Upon my return from theatre I added my network building experince to my resume and immediatley received some offers. Currently I am working on finishing both my degree and my CCNA cert. I found that my military experince really helped in getting my foot in the door. Today I work with all levels of engineers, up to CCIE's. Go with what your comfortable with. Best of luck

mnorwood Tue, 12/18/2007 - 06:17

Stay in school, but go ahead and get the cert. You have experience, so the certification will simply be the icing on the cake. It might be what puts you over the top when competing with other candidates for a particular job.

I spent almost a decade in the Air Force, so the civilian thing is still relatively new to me as well. One thing I have found is that my military service has ALWAYS been beneficial when competing for a job. As for job prospects, there are more positions than can be filled. If you are willing to relocate, the possibilities are endless. Experience is really what matters today. The degree is helpful and so are the certs, but unless you are working for a reseller, the cert is only a tool to get your foot in the door. I don't think you'll have a problem getting a job. Good luck!

ccbootcamp Tue, 12/18/2007 - 09:15


Get your certs done and out of the way. Do them while you are attending college (ie, stay in school). Start with the CCENT and go from there.

what classes are you taking at school?


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swmorris Tue, 12/18/2007 - 12:12

most jobs these days require that you have a degree. What it's in may not matter though. My degree is in journalism/photojournalism, yet I have no problems with technical jobs due to my certifications.

But, for many employers, the degree (and the military service) represent the completion of a commitment and that is important as well!

Certifications are good. Experience is good (experience can be many things outside of configuring a router). Get what you can while you can, and as much of it as possible! Don't just get a job, but get the job you WANT!



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