Need career advice for Network Communications Management

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I am attending school currently, and will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Network Communication Management. I am wondering if this degree is enough to be successful or if I should consider obtaining my Master's degree prior to entrance into the workforce. I am also working towards my CCNA, and am curious to what is the best career path for someone with my background and anticipated certifications.

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It depends on what type of organization you would like to join when you graduate. No matter what, you will need to show real-world experience of addressing issues. Experience counts. Education is good but unless you have had some practical experience in troubleshooting support or design, you may not easily find what you really want from your first Network Communication career position. While you are in school, you might consider volunteering at a non-profit or some other organization that needs your skills. Internships are useful also. The CCNA is a good thing but only if you really know the stuff and can use it and not just answer multiple choice questions.

You are doing a good thing by coming here and asking those of us in the industry for advice. To paraphrase the old “If a man is hungry, teach him to fish” saying, “Unless you have already been fishing and caught a fish, you may not know what one may taste like”. This is the same in the career world. Unless you have worked on a real network and seen or designed real solutions, your knowledge is only theory.

Best wishes for a successful career!

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