Masters in Network from UK or Cisco Certifications

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Hi All, 
I am new to this forum and after reading to many forums i feel you guys can really help me out of the mess. Currently i am working in an IT company as Sr. Software Engineer for Oracle Applications(2 years of experience) but lately i feel more inclined towards Computer Network and also i feel that networking has more to offer than that of an IT company I am wondering if i shall opt for Cisco certifications or do Masters in Computer Network from UK. Please guide me

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Since you already have IT experience, I feel a Cisco certification would be more suitable for you. Besides, from what I have seen even people who have significant network related experience find it easier to switch jobs whey have a CCNA certificate. 

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  • Subhendu Sen
    Now u r working as a Sr. SW Engg.... as ur wish u may change ur track, but networking area is more involved with hardware related matters/ proper HW selection/ while coding part is less. If u r feeling comfortable in ur existing work, then why do not u go for PHD, however u did not mention here ur last qualification. Whatever, this is ur decision, and if u shall opt for those courses, which u mentioned here, they r all well recognized and globally certified. Remember, u have to start from beginning.
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  • jinteik
    in my opinion Cisco will be the way and you can work it up till CCIE next time
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  • NikunjM
    Hi Subhendu,

    My last qualification was BE from Electronics, then through campus recruitment i was selected for an IT company. Now down the line i feel networking is far more interesting than Software, So if i do my masters from UK and come back will it help me fetch a good job in India or may be some other place.
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  • londonhelpers
    I have a MSc in Computer Networking from UK's largest university and also have CCNA. Currently studying towards CCNP. 
    Comparing the two, and in line with your situation, I would say vendor certification will be more beneficial for you. CCNA/Network+ etc entry level certs only need a few months of hardcore studies to pass well and grab the concepts which will help you enter a job in the networking arena. Masters would help to get to certain managerial positions but as a tech or entry to mid level, I'm not sure the 1.5 years study wait is worth the time and theoretical stuff they teach in a degree. A CCNP will take less time than completing Masters but will help gain more practical knowledge and experience.
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