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 Post subject: What do you think on certs
PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 10:33 am 
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I have a Masters of Science in Infosec, and a BS in IT project managment. For certs I have Comptia A+ and Network+ and I'm a warranty repair certified tech for IBM and Lexmark (E-Servers, Laptops, Desktops and Optra series printers). I work as a desktop deployment specialist in Louisiana and make 60 grand a year paid by the hour (That means I get OT on top) not bad for just getting hired with this company 6 months ago. I have a perm job and have no desire to leave. In addition I have top of the line benefits (Federal to be in fact) I was thinking of going for an MCSE or MCSA and CCNA but really don't think I need these since I'm on a different track than these certs will take me. I'm 30 and started out in the IT field at 21. My Masters got me another 15 grand of salary to start. Economy here is comparable to Des Moines IA and maybe Kansas City. Do you think these certs will help me get any more salary or should I just get an MBA and continue on the Project managment/IT manager path.


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go for the CCNA now and then go after the CCSP\CCIE Security. This will always be a sought after and rewarding skill.... especially with the federal government.


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00john00 wrote:
go for the CCNA now and then go after the CCSP\CCIE Security. This will always be a sought after and rewarding skill.... especially with the federal government.


While certs like these will do you good on paper, if your desire is for a management level positon then I would go ahead and start moving towards an MBA.

Cisco Certifications are a "nice to have" but if you aren't going to use routers everyday and deal with straight infrastructure based networking, which it doesn't sound like, you really have no need for a cert past a CCNA. The difficulty of the CCNA is increasing with the next test change, and the CCNP (which is a perquisite for the CCIE) is a compilation of tests both written and LAB based. Then after you have passed the CCNP you can then start studying for the CCIE... don't even get me started on the test sequence for this mamma jamma. I would suspect that if you really aggressively went after the CCIE it would be a couple years until fruition and an MBA would be at max, taking a reasonable course load, would be a 2 year ordeal and much more useful if you are seeking promotion.


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