I am currently studying in final semester of Bachelors in Engineering. I have a keen interest in networking. Also my concepts in the field are clear.
I want to know if a CCNA cert will help me kick start my career in Networking Industry as a fresher out from college? Also let me know various preparation methods and study materials for the same.
I agree with most that the baseline anyone who wants to go into the networking field... they should get their ccna first. As with anything... knowledge never hurts and the CCNA usually tells future employers that you worked on that knowledge. They will also understand that you are an entry level engineer because you do not have experience to back up your newly learned certification.
I have associates in both contexts that you speak about. I have an associate that is also an EE and he prefers networking over electronic engineering because he says that too many of his friends in the EE field has been outsourced out of USA.
The other associate is straight out of college and got his CCNA certification. Now he started as a entry level cisco admin and working with switches everyday. Only with experience will you become a senior person right?
So, my recommendation is to attempt to follow what you feel is good for you. But, I will say that I was one of those that worked my way up from desktop support to NOC to senior engineer. Some day I will finally get my CCIE and that opens many more doors than just having my college degree.
Experience AND the CCNA is a winning combination. Go for it!