Advice on Certs and networking career

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I was promoted from a tech support position to an entry level NOC Tech position in my company. I don't have a degree or any certs and I have no experience with networking. Right now I mostly monitor NMS alarms and work tickets. Not really any networking invlolved but networking is where I want to go. Is this a good job to have to get into the networking field? What kind of certs should I focus on getting? We mainly use Juniper routers on our network but I want to earn my CCNA also. I'm looking into getting Juniper certs but it doesn't seem that their certs as available as Cisco. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong place. What other advice can you give me?

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For a good start with the basics I would suggets you study for the Net+ cert. It’s a great place to start and a good certification to have.

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Comptia is a hardware independant certification. I don’t completely agree with a Network+ because it isn’t very respected in the networking industry. Cisco and Juniper are big names in networking and everybody respects a CCIE. Juniper certificates are good, but they only apply for companies with Juniper equipment.

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  • mshen
    Just a side note, I am Comptia A+ certified. I feel it was a waste of my time thats why I don't thing Network+ is any better. But use your judgement on this.
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  • Denny Cherry
    The NOC is a great place to move into the network group from. As you work in the NOC you'll learn quite a bit about the network.
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  • mshen
    I completely agree with mrdenny. The Network Operations Center is probably the best place to be if you are interested in networking. Even if you don't do much at your position, having some experience in the NOC is good for your resume.
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  • Defensor1
    Consider some of the CompTia certs as just confirming baseline knowledge. They provide the fundamentals that will help get through the other certs.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    I think Network+ would be a good way to start out...CCNA might be a little advanced at this point. Also, read, read, read. Check out Laura Chappell's site for good resources and TCP/IP For Dummies as well. Just know that certification won't necessarily make you any smarter or get you a better job. Check out more about what I've written on the subject of IT/security careers here.
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  • Defensor1
    Is the CCENT the Cisco equivalent to the Comptia Network+ ? I want to learn basic networking fundamentals before I take on the CCNA.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    From what I understand it's roughly the same but has a Cisco focus.
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  • CRagsdale32
    The CCENT covers courses 1 and 2 of Ciscos CCNA netacademy courses... in essence fundamentals of networking and rudimentary introduction to router programming. Just the basics in other words. Cisco recently added that cert to it's list of available testing to aid students and job seekers in gaining a credible cert in the field for what I feel was purely introductary and entry level job seekers. It's not bad to have, as having any certs is a good thing, but IMO don't waste teh money on taking it when you can take the combined test for the CCNA at the same price with the same number of questions at a later time when you feel you are ready to go after the CCNA exam.
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  • Sixball
    Agreed - Go CCENT, learn the basics. Any knowledge you gain can be used on other vendor devices (IP addressing is the same regardless of vendor)
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