[rescue] OT: Should I Cisco Cert?

Samuel Kopel kopel at vex.net
Mon Feb 2 18:44:25 CST 2004

Having certs can definitly help get you in the door. I know people who are
less skilled than me but have certs to prove they know their stuff and are
doing better looking for work than I am. One of my coworkers is a book
MCSE and I had to show her how to cut and paste her first week of work,
but she had already gotten the job based on her certs.

On Mon, 2 Feb 2004, Nadine Miller wrote:

> Date: Mon, 02 Feb 2004 16:36:46 -0800
> From: Nadine Miller <vraptor at promessage.com>
> Reply-To: The Rescue List <rescue at sunhelp.org>
> To: The Rescue List <rescue at sunhelp.org>
> Subject: Re: [rescue] OT: Should I Cisco Cert?
> Bob Keyes wrote:
> > While I wallow in unemployment, I have thought that, in absense of a
> > college degree, it would be to my benefit to get a professional
> > certification. I have considered the CompTIA Linux+, Networking+, and
> > Security+ certs, and also the Cisco CCNA and so on. I have acquired router
> > simulation software and study guides. I have taken a look at the salary
> > survey in tcpmag for Cisco certified people. It looks pretty good. I know
> > there are well-educated router people on here, so I will ask you: Is the
> > market in decent shape, and does a CCNA really get my foot in the door?
> > What should I look out for? What are the practical (i.e. career, money)
> > differences between the Engineering and Operations tracks?
> Amusing comments aside, as well as cert-slagging, I wonder about
> this myself.  As a completely cert-less, and worse, technical
> degree-less sys admin (B.A.), I wonder if certs would assist me in
> overcoming my other "strikes" (short stint as manager, under-exposed
> at my level to certain things like integration, db's, e-mail innards,
> and scripting), since my experience (5+ years) doesn't seem to.
> I'd like to hear others' comments, or even second-hand "my friend"
> stories.
> > p.s. I understand there are things that can help in a router career, such
> > as having a beard and being a beer/whiskey snob. I fulfill both of those
> > requirements, and are developing them further.
> Let us not forget the "spicy food" requirement.  I mean, you can't
> be a real sys admin unless you can eat native-heat level Thai and/
> or Indian, right?
> =Nadine=
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