Career Advice required for a career in Computer Networking / Security

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Dear Sir.I am from a Computer Engineer graduated from Sir Syed University in 2001 then I work for Faysal bank i  for 2 years in IT Operations and General Banking.Then i thought to change my line and start ACCA(Association of Certified Chartere Accountants) and join Price WaterHouse Coopers as Audit Trainee.I couldnot pass ACCA and all 5 years are wasted now for the last 4 years i am working for and IT Software company as Assistant Manager marketing and Network/PC support .Now I want a career in Computer Networking/Internetworking/IT Security/Telecom/IT etc.I want to do Cisco certifications CCNA(Cisco certified Network Associate) and then slowly and gradfually want to do CCNP(cIsco Certified Network Professional) and CCIE(Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) and may be CISSP(Certifed Information System Security Professional) and CISM(Certified Information Security Professional) and ITIL and Vmare etc slowly and gradualy.I am 36 years old by the time I finish CCIE I will be 41.Will industry accept me and give me job in Pakistan and abroad to do job after CCNA/CCNP/CCIE etc.I think it may be very difficult.What you people advice is it worth to start a new career at the age of 36 or it is worthless to study cisco and other certifications,invest money in training,books and exam cost/fees or there is a chance i get into new career after passing Cisco certifications and Other Security/IT certifications.Should I also try for MS Computer Communications/Networks/Telecommunication.I can also come in teaching side after passing these courses full time or part time if i dont get a job.Please help and guide me.Regards NajamAdd a detailed description...

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  • jinteik

    in my opinion, experience + certification comes hand in hand. you will need the experience to be able to sell yourself to companies. many out there have ccna and ccnp. so it depends a lot on how much experience you are in the field..

    you have listed many certification, but at the end of the day what would you like to do / see yourself doing down the road?

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  • Kevin Beaver
    You can do anything you want, regardless of your age or background. The human mind is a powerful thing. You have to focus on what you want and then do everything you can to maximize the value you bring to your employer(s). The value you bring to the table - be it networking, security, or whatever - has to exceed whatever it costs to employee you. If you strike a balance with that as you move forward you'll do fine, especially in IT. Best of luck!
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