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10/25/06 10:36 AM
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After much thought, I think I am going to finally start specializing in a specific field of IT. While I have been a swiss army knife of all things IT, I have never jumped into a specific field. Jack of all trades, master of none, etc., I have been working with wireless long enough to be able to understand anything I read or encounter or how to find answers. My path I want to take. Finally get my CCNA just to solidify my networking knowledge to employeers. CWNA, CWSP, CWAP (getting retired though) and lead complete the CWNE. Cisco side of the house. Cisco Advanced Wireless LAN Design and Field Specialist. Basically, at this job, I will be able to head all wireless projects including design and maybe even presales. Its going to be my baby here. I'm wanting to set myself up with enough experience and knowledge here, so that I can take it to my resume and be able to be taken seriously as a wireless GURU. There are not that many out there, and I feel this is the best IT path I could take. I will have my bachelors completed by that time as well. Any true hardcore wireless pros in here? Is this a bad decision? I just wireless as growing into something much bigger as technology gets better.
10/25/06 11:20 AM
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Learning everything you can about WiMax would be a great way to get ahead of your competition in the wireless job market. (If it lives up to the hype) New technologies like that seem to level the playing field a little for IT newcomers.
10/25/06 1:28 PM
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I am not sure extreme specialization is the way to go. My opinion is that it is going the other way - as more companies move to a SOA-type infrastructure, generalists are more important. Of course if you work for one of the vendors on the other side of SOA, then specific knowledge is important. I could be totally wrong of course. IMO, if you are in a favorable environment (big if), Jack of all trades master of none is something you can fix with hard work and study. There is nothing saying you can only master one field. Just because Warez or Yao know security, doesn't mean they don't know Mac.
10/25/06 2:57 PM
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Well, hmmmm.... I still figure, I'd be a good generalist with my MCSA and CCNA. I don't think it will drive me that crazy in order to get on the path for those certifications in wireless, so I guess I could get that out of the way and then head towards the SANS gsec/CCNP/MSCE route to round me off.
10/25/06 8:59 PM
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"Just because Warez or Yao know security, doesn't mean they don't know Mac." uh, Yao works for Apple, remember? :)
10/25/06 9:44 PM
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"uh, Yao works for Apple, remember? :)" Correct, that's what I meant. Both these guys can be masters at both. IMO, (again, assuming a diverse enough work environment) jack of all and master of none means you haven't worked hard enough for long enough.
10/25/06 10:28 PM
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ok, I had a brain fart, then.
10/26/06 1:22 AM
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Wireless is making lots of money and will make lots more.

I am in the process of completing my bachelors in telecommunications. I have an associate in IT with a focus in Computer networking. Will be going on to my masters in Telecommunications.

I work for a Cellular carrier that uses CDMA technology as a service technician. I would love to become a telecommunications engineer with this company because cellular is a huge industry. Voice, Data, etc. Every form of IT and wireless is done in the Cellular industry, Wifi for the actual corporate buildings, CDMA cellular technology for the consumers, Sprint (not my employer) is going to build a nation wide wimax network in 2008-2009. There was a huge auction recently where T-Mobile bought Nationwide Spectrum so they could launch a 3G Network, etc.

Wireless is HUGE! You will always have a job because EVERYTHING is becoming wireless.

Here is my Current Bachelors of Science in Telecommunications Technology program I am enrolled in:

http://www.mtsierra.com/online_p_telecom.php

I plan on going into this masters of science in Telecommunicaitons, wireless networks, program:

http://www.universitycollege.du.edu/program/academic/oncampus/tele/degreeplans.asp

Through the process of my bachelors I hope to finish my CCNA. Then start studying for my CCNP. With my masters program, they cover material that overlaps the curriculum for a CWNE and the NARTE Wireless Engineer certification.

I think you are choosing a good specialization. By knowing wireless you will also be an expert at networking.

10/26/06 5:21 PM
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Wireless is a good thing to know but I'm not sure how many companies have a need for a person who does JUST that. I'm sure there are some (starbucks has to have a gajillion AP's) but most places it'll just be a part of a standard sysadmin/network guy job. We have probably 500+ AP's company wide and one of the engineers is basically the 'wireless guy'. But that is not the lion's share of his work at all. To be a wireless specialist I would guess you would be either a contractor, work for a company that had a LOT of wireless or work for a company that does business to business sales of a wireless product. If think you have a good idea though. Be the wireless guru for your current job, get your CCNA and wireless certs and then start fishing or the wireless specialist job. Wireless isn't going anywhere and will be a part of many many networks for a long time. One final thought. You might study up on RFID. It or something like it is gonna be pervasive soon enough. For instance some of our properties 'ass tag' the cocktail waitresses so they know how often they go in and out of the service wells, how often they walk their section, etc... Big brother stuff. A company that sold a solution like that could make big $$ selling to hotels, restaurants and the like.
10/26/06 7:01 PM
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LOL @ "Ass tag" I'll volunteer for the rollout project.
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 I think I made a good call on this ;)
6/17/10 9:13 PM
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Cool to see an old thread pop back up and get perspective on where you were and where you are.

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