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post #1 of 15
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I've been out of school a few years now and I've been working a few tech support jobs just trying to learn a much as I can. I have a few basic Microsoft qualifications, compTIA A+ and I've recently started studying for a compTIA Network+ qualification.

I'm just not 100% sure if networking is really where I want my career to go. I love the hardware, obviously because I'm here on OCN, but programming (coding what ever you want to call it) seems like a really good career path.

Does anyone have any advise?

Also do you get programming qualifications like a Cisco equivalent?

Thanks in advance OCN
 
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Really depends on what you want to do, they are two absolutely different career paths. I personally don't enjoy programming all that much (although several programming classes are required, and i'm not too shabby at them to say the least rolleyes.gif ) BUT i personally enjoy IT administration much more than going through and writing code. Of course just my 2 cents, but if you go the programming route, its going to require significantly different classes and the knowledge isn't exactly transitive from what you've currently got.
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thanks for the input. I think I'm going to start learning python or some javascript after sitting (and passing) my Network+ exam. If i'm not enjoying it or find it way to hard to pick up then I'll stick to what I'm doing

Guess I need to try it myself really
 
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I'd rather kill myself that become a programmer by trade, but that's just me. If you can get good at Java (and I know a ton of people who have tried and ended up saying "f this") you'll be in good shape. Another in-demand but much-loathed career path is in databases, specifically SQL and Oracle.

Networking isn't necessarily a panacea, either. Some people really hate it.
    
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well its very possible that I could end up doing something completely different but it nice to have a goal to work towards, no goals and I start to dither about. No time for that.
 
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Originally Posted by BlueTac View Post

thanks for the input. I think I'm going to start learning python or some javascript after sitting (and passing) my Network+ exam. If i'm not enjoying it or find it way to hard to pick up then I'll stick to what I'm doing

Guess I need to try it myself really

I think the choice you make should ultimately be up to you based on whatever you find more interesting. It's not a bad idea to learn some programming either way though. Of the two languages named I would suggest learning Python over Javascript, since it's far more universal. Python is a general purpose language that can be applied anywhere and is very popular today, while Javascript is limited to web development.
     
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post #7 of 15
It really comes down to both what you enjoy more, and what you're better at. I've tried more times than I can count to learn programming, and I get stuck at the same place every time. I feel it just wasn't meant to be. However, last semester I started an Internetworking Management degree and I absolutely love it. It has opened many opportunities for me and I have become absolutely certain this is the career path I want. Don't know if this has helped, but in any case, best of luck to ya thumb.gif
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post #8 of 15
Learn both. They are BOTH helpful. I wish I learned more networking..... rolleyes.gif
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post #9 of 15
Network+ will always be handy no matter what you do. If you say Cisco you will need to know Network+ . But Cisco isnt really a language its more of a proprietary system that you can script though software.

There are really so many ways to go in programming. Java , Ruby, Python, etc. I would think about what area you want to really work in and do a core language that you can compile or API with.
More then likely they will start you with C sharp as your first class then VB or some front end editor. So just starting anything is the right thing to do, anything to know if you are wasting time thinking about programing , lol . but srsly
    
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post #10 of 15
My feeling is if you are a programmer at heart,you knew it when you were about 15.
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