Originally Posted by kc-tr
In the states it is a highly desired cert, pretty much any of the cisco certifications are. Just depends on if you have experience and such behind them.
CISCO qualifications aren't all they're cracked up to be. To give an example I'll be studying a couple of CISCO course next year as indivdual modules for my Applied Computing DEGREE
. What I'm trying to say is that you can't just rely on those kind of qualifications alone as they're very field specific. You need to also focus on a broader aspect of computing as programming, database design and implementation, website deployment. In other words, other computeing qualifications to compliment CISCO, this all boaders down to experience and robustness of knowledge. I'm lucky as my Uni has contracts with many national companies so I won't have any problems finding an entry level networking job when I take my work experience year. Two years after that when my dissertation is out of the way I'll have the qualifications and experience employers are looking for.
My advice is this:
If you truely are serious about getting employment in the IT industry get yourself into higher education and study to earn the qualifications that will set you apart from the wannabe's. I used to think I was all 1337 until I started my degree, in the first semesta alone I was taught to look at something as simple as writeing a website useing Notepad in a whole new light. Even when programming the most basic of applications we have to rigorously test and document any issues before moveing on to correct faults in the code. I find that the programming part is pretty easy compared to the documentation you have to do afterwards. Meh, I guess that boils down to me being the sort of "just get it done" kind of person.