Some question before I go down the CCNA route

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I've doing computer system support for 5 years.  Want to get into
networking.  But should I get Network+ or CCNA?  I browsed though
Network+ material.  I knows most of it.  Believe I can pass it
pretty easily.  I also thumb through some CCNA book.  Other than
OSI, TCP/IP and subnetting, I don't know most of it.  So my
question is

1. Why getting CCNA certification?  How useful can it be for me
to get a networking job?

2. Say I really know everything a CCNA is supposed to know (not
at CCIE level) and am good at it, roughly what salary would I
make?  I'm trying to decide if it's worth it.

2. Do other companies make routers?  How do they compare to
Cisco?

I have to say that I don't like company-specific certifications.
Hate the idea working for their product but not getting paid by
them.  That's why I never went for MCSE.


Re: Some question before I go down the CCNA route
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Re: Some question before I go down the CCNA route
On Wed, 21 Jun 2006 18:47:21 -0400, Dandelion wrote:

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Depends where you want to work.  If they use Cisco equipment, then it would
be very useful.  If they don't use Cisco equipment it wouldn't be useful at
all except for the networking basics like IP addressing and how routing
works.

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Somewhere between $0/year and $100,000/year depending on your location, the
company you work for, and your ability to do the job.

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Yes.


I would venture to say Cisco is more or less the king when it comes to
networking equipment right now.

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Then save your money.

Dave
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That was my personal favorite question.




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Mine too! Would YOU hire a networker that had to ask that?

me either.....



Re: Some question before I go down the CCNA route
Seriously my favorite tooo.

-Ralph: [whispering] Lisa, what's the answer to number seven?
-Lisa: [whispering] Sorry, Ralph. That would defeat the purpose of
testing as a means of student evaluation.
-Ralph: [pauses] My cat's name is Mittens


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Tastes like burning.
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Re: Some question before I go down the CCNA route
CCNA never got me a job. Looks great on paper but unless you have the "hands
on" to back it up...(and are very very lucky and someone will give you a
break) all you can expect is a certificate.

Same as my physics degree doesn't make me a physisct...and never got me a
job as one, either. All I got was a certificate proving that I could answer
whatever questions were presented to me on that particular subject on that
particular day.

It's a catch 22 situation. You should really be working in Cisco enviroment
to get certified...but to work in a Cisco enviroment, well... you should be
certified.

IMHO, the only people making money out of certifications are the vendors &
trainers.



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I think it could prove very useful for getting a better job. To
a potential employer this shows that although you are doing fine
in your current job you are taking steps to improve yourself and
learn more. I would also say that the CCNA academy course is an
excellent building block to a networking career. You will learn
some things which only relate to cisco but mostly it is very
general and can be applied in any networking job. Employers do not
necessarily know this so to them it can seem like a certification
on some proprietary equipment but when you get to interview stage
you will know what you are talking about and can easily impress
them with your thorough knowledge. Please note I am now talking
about doing the whole CCNA 1-4 curriculum, in an academy, and doing
all the case studies and taking all the chapter exams. Only that
will give you a really solid foundation.
 
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I guess that depends on where you live? I would say networking
knowledge is important in just about any IT job...
 
Per Hansen


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