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So i'm on the way of getting my Security+ and A+ and Network + but i keep being told CCNA is way more useful. In my opinion i think CCNA if definitely well respected but

it's limiting as far as what Field in IT you can use and implement in. So if anyone has alrea:thumb:dy gone through the process and figured out which is most effective PLEASE

let me know, thanks. thumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gif
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Originally Posted by XocGuy View Post

So i'm on the way of getting my Security+ and A+ and Network + but i keep being told CCNA is way more useful. In my opinion i think CCNA if definitely well respected but

it's limiting as far as what Field in IT you can use and implement in. So if anyone has alrea:thumb:dy gone through the process and figured out which is most effective PLEASE

let me know, thanks. thumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gif

Welcome to OCN.

Experience trumps certifications all day. Get your basic certs (A+ and Network) and then go from there. Get your experience in and then get the certs as you go through your career.
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CISSP and CISM, of course you can't just get them without experience.. if you have the experience, then grab those and job hunt. Should have no trouble finding jobs.
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CCNA insnt limiting its a basic one, It introduces you to the hate i mean er world of cisco switches, also drills home core networking technologies,

You could go down the security route say CRT / OSCP, CISSP is okay but useless in the real world, its like the minimum baseline now.

These threads pop up all the time, please please please search for them
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Welcome to OCN.

Experience trumps certifications all day. Get your basic certs (A+ and Network) and then go from there. Get your experience in and then get the certs as you go through your career.

That statement is not entirely accurate. It depends on the actual Cert. Although high level certs are usually an indicator for better knowledge.

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CCNA insnt limiting its a basic one, It introduces you to the hate i mean er world of cisco switches, also drills home core networking technologies,

You could go down the security route say CRT / OSCP, CISSP is okay but useless in the real world, its like the minimum baseline now.

These threads pop up all the time, please please please search for them

This is pretty much true. CISSP is okay but it is the baseline that is looked at for security, much like the PMP is for Program Management.

I also think the OP was talking about being limited to the Networking Side of IT vs just in general.



As for the OP, there are many certs and paths you could go down in the IT field. Programming, Systems (MS, Database, Storage, or Virtualization), and Networking are the major areas. From the workplace side pay depends on many things. The highest pay working for a company is Networking. I don't know of any of the other areas where you can be pushing close to $300k/year, but at the same token you will not be achieving compensation to that scale within your first 5-10 years.
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Certifications likely won't make you rich, but they can be the difference between getting the job and not, depending on your history/experience. In my opinion experience matters more than certs, and just because you're certified doesn't necessarily mean you're qualified for the job or that you'll get rich quick.

I got my foot in the door in the SysAdmin world without any special certs. At the time I only had an A+ that I got basically as a participation award from getting my associates degree in network/information security. Now that I have a few years of experience I'm going for the higher end ones (RHCE/RHCA and whatever else), but mainly just to see if I can do it. It'll look good on my resume in the future next to years of experience, but I feel like they're just a 'nice to have' type of thing.
Edited by tehmaggot - 10/2/15 at 12:47pm
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