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11/6/12 12:40 PM
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NotsoMightySkull
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I have a good job, but boring, hit pay ceiling. 100% Desktop
Recently passed CCNA - no real work experience in networking.

Looking for jobs
Couple desktop related interviews with a chance to do more. No offers yet
No response from any network job I have applied for, not surprised.

Will get another cert this winter
What should it be

Security + - Round me out?
CCNA + security - Is this a good idea with limited real world experience?
Microsoft Server - Make me more attractive for sys/network admin jobs?

Would like to get a job leveraging my desktop experience and then try to build from there.

Suggestions?
11/10/12 9:55 AM
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HEMAN
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Congrats on your CCNA. Security+ would make you attractive to govt. agencies. MS is more attune to System Administration. You just need a connection to get you into the Network Admin. path.
11/11/12 12:56 PM
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What do you want to do? If network engineering is your true goal then I'd say work on your CCNP and keep applying for entry level jobs or even desktop jobs that include a little networking . Break in to a pure networking job is a little tough, but if you have some legit experience on your res and accentuate it you'll find it's a BIG help.
11/13/12 10:06 AM
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NotsoMightySkull
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Not sure what my ultimate goal is. I would be happy with network admin, sys admin or a networking engineering job.
I just need to move up from desktop.
If I worked someplace where growth was more likely I would just zero in on what they did on the network and server side and start on that.

I would like to make some more money.
I did really enjoy the Cisco stuff.

I saw the groupon for Cisco classes. That may be a way to go.

I want to get started on another cert here soon.

Thanks for the info
11/13/12 10:09 AM
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I'm looking into the Groupon thing as well. Can you explain what you mean by "desktop?" Is that an entry level position?
11/15/12 4:53 PM
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NotsoMightySkull
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Usually you start at Help desk.
Then you move on to a desktop position.
You could end up doing a lot of desktop stuff as a help desk person in a small company.
Desktop is not entry level where I work.
You are not the first point of contact but you generally deal with Desktop computer/ laptop issues. Email, virus, network connectivity, Software installation, imaging.
Stuff like that.

Level 1 = Helpdesk
Level 2 = Desktop
Level 3 = Network admin, sys admin, application specialist.

After that you get into purely network guys or Software developers who are not really on the support side, more like Infrastructure.

Thats what I mean when I say desktop. I fix everything that happens on the desktop and manage it's connections to email , network, vpn etc.
But I do not directly interface with or touch the email servers, Network hardware(routers and switches), or vpn or application servers. If there is an issue with one of those I need to contact someone.
11/16/12 2:49 PM
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Yo, if you have desktop experience and you are trying to get further into the network side, I'm looking for some desktop guys to start getting into wireless.

You will be somewhat of a rack and stack/survey monkey at first but you'll get your hands on switches and controllers down the road.  One or two years of wireless on the resume is gold.

(Living East Coast/South Coast/Midwest is more preferred)

Email addy?

11/19/12 7:07 PM
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I tried to send you a Private message but could not.
Send me a Private message with an email address and I will send you my resume and some background info.

I live in Minneapolis
11/21/12 11:39 PM
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This may help.  I made this career research lab for my students awhile back because I kept hearing them ask the same sort of questions that you're asking.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/p7whllui9m3hp9v/Career%20Research%20-%20Instructions%20v.2.docx

https://www.dropbox.com/s/bk97iaba27crg0j/Career%20Research%20-%20Template%20v.2.xlsx

12/11/12 6:05 PM
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The best thing is to get in with a company that has a big IT department with vertical opportunities. Moving up internally is easier than as an outside candidate. Most companies will be way more lax with job requirments for internal employees who are being reffered internally. Thats the best way to move up and get the required experience.

8/26/13 7:49 PM
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The Kangaroo - The best thing is to get in with a company that has a big IT department with vertical opportunities. Moving up internally is easier than as an outside candidate. Most companies will be way more lax with job requirments for internal employees who are being reffered internally. Thats the best way to move up and get the required experience.


THIS!!!!... I'm waiting to hear back on an internal interview for a position in my corp's server farm


Wish me luck
8/27/13 10:09 PM
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The Kangaroo - The best thing is to get in with a company that has a big IT department with vertical opportunities. Moving up internally is easier than as an outside candidate. Most companies will be way more lax with job requirments for internal employees who are being reffered internally. Thats the best way to move up and get the required experience.


The other option is to find a smaller company where you can touch more stuff. They often will be more open minded for that and you can figure out what you really like that way.


Best of luck and that was a pretty old thread being bumped!

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