CCNA/CCNP at 40 ?

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Hi guys,

I need your opinion about starting a career in IT at 40.
I have a degree in telecommunications engineering 3-class grad in 2000.
I have 4 years experience in telecommunications installations mainly
cabling (BT and Marconi).
That's about it. Currently I work for a small firm as CATV/broadband
installer.
I registed with some IT agencies but so far haven't got a single
interview. Is it my age? And if it is will CCNP make any difference.


Re: CCNA/CCNP at 40 ?
40 better not be too old.  I am 45 and just got my first IT job.

Tarvos

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Re: CCNA/CCNP at 40 ?
where do you live Tarvos? I am in UK.


Re: CCNA/CCNP at 40 ?
where do you live Tarvos? I am in UK.


Re: CCNA/CCNP at 40 ?
I line in the US.  I do however live in an area that doesn't have a lot of
IT jobs available . Though when I finish my degree I will most likely be
looking at moving to someplace with better oppurtunities.

Tarvos



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I too live in the US; in the Suburbs of Manhattan. Very saturated IT
field here too!!!!


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i know people doing CCNA's at 40, its porbably better you are more focussed,
do the CCNA, it gets you sorted out with all the protocols and router
config, you really cant start at CCNP unless you have experience with cisco
routers before, the telecoms stuff you have done will help you no doubt, but
start at CCNA you can complete it in less than a year if you work hard



Re: CCNA/CCNP at 40 ?
I have CCNA and now thinking of CCNP it just that there is a lack of
interest shown to me by the agencies that holds me back. I live in UK.


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I'm 33 and I've been in IT for about 14 years. I've also held my CCPN
cert for around 4 years or so. If I had it to do over, I don't know that
I would have not gone into IT/networking. However, if I had another
skill set (and because of the way the industry is going) I'd might
consider leave IT altogether. The problem is that I can't just go into
another career and make the same amount of money. Don't get me wrong, it
was never about the money, but I'm the sole income source for my family.
Maybe I'm just at a crossroads - maybe I'm going through my mid-life
crisis 10 years early... :-)

Seriously, networking has been good to me and deep down inside I still
love it. Maybe I just need to step it up a notch and think about doing
my own thing, consulting, whatever. It seems that many long time IT guys
reach this point. Maybe you could learn this lesson a few years early.
You've got some experience. Get your cert and gain additional
experience, and try to do something other than work for someone who will
treat you as a commodity.

I don't know if any of this helped. My point was to let you know that
Cisco certs and experience won't insulate you from the things now
plaguing IT. I'm becoming more convinced that striking out on one's own
is probably the best way to handle the uncertainty that seems to be growing.

Does anyone else out there concur? Or, am I just rambling? :-)

Re: CCNA/CCNP at 40 ?
My opinion is do everything you do to the fullest, don't look at what
other people have because your always going to find someone who has
more. I'm also studying for the CCNP and its hard but rewarding when
things come together. I turned 24 last week and have 4 years experiance
in IT, this said there is someone at my job who is also 24 and going
for his Triple CCIE!!! Don't be prideful if someone knows more or is
more experianced and younger then you, just take away the knowledge
that they give you and move on. I don't think 40 is to old to start
anything. I have a wife and a 1 year old son and it is hard to study
when you have those responsiblites along with work. The only downfall
about starting a carrer a little later in IT is that you won't be
getting paid as much as someone the same age with 20 years experiance;
but this goes for all professions not just IT. My advice is get the
CCNA and move on hard towards the CCNP, study during your lunch breaks
and strive hard to be the best you can at your new postion.

Good Luck

Matt


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I have CCNA. But should I do CCNP the agencies doun't show any interest.


Re: CCNA/CCNP at 40 ?
It's not a case of age, it's simply the job market is pretty
competitive, there's a lot of competition out there.  CCNP will make you
more attactive than a 40 year old without a CCNP, that's for sure!

If it makes you feel any better, I spent a whole 7 months waiting for a
job a couple of years ago, and this is with a CCNP & CCDP, plus an
MCSE...  although the IT job market has picked up since then..

Good luck! :)

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