after my it better to do a bs in network engineering, apprentiship or ccnp??

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Thanks for taking the time to read this. Im on my way to compelting my ccna and im not sure what the best direction to take.The choices are to go to uni for 2yrs and do a bsc with a placement & grad placement, or do an appreticship or to contiune thought the cisco path. Im 25yrs old and getting on so im looking for the best way to a career path. thanks for taking the time out to help!!means a lot!

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Hi CiscoPlayboy,

There is no right or wrong answer here but I can tell you this much, no matter how many industry certifications you possess, there is no substitute for a college degree. Ultimately, your decision will depend on the path that you would like your career to take. This is something that you may not know now at present and may not know for some time until you’ve had an opportunity to work in and feel your way around the industry.

Essentially, what it boils down to is choosing between the technical and managerial track. Having a college degree — or the lack thereof, is commonly overlooked for entry-level and line management positions, except in stricter organizations obviously; however, for advancement into middle and senior management you’ll more than likely require at least an undergraduate degree, though preference tends to be given to those with graduate degrees — particularly when being hired into a company as opposed to being promoted from within.

These are not hard and fast rules, as there are a lot of organizations that base their decisions on proven capabilities and potential, rather than paper in a frame. That’s not to say that either of the two is better per se. Look at it as like having insurance. We carry it in the event that we will need it but hope/pray that we never do.

Having said that, if at least for now, you do intend to stay technical, then certifications and more importantly experience may be all that you need to get your foot in the door, after which it is up to you, to perform and live up to your full potential.

If possible, my personal recommendation is to pursue any formal education straight away, because it isn’t the easiest thing in the world juggling it as well as professional and other responsibilities.

This is a good topic for discussion. I look forward to hearing what others have to say.

In the meantime, good luck on the CCNA exam.



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  • Sixball
    Im not in complete agreement with "there is no substitute for a college degree." degress are great, and they ensure you dont get disqualified first, but in IT, the higher level certs are more in demand. A CCIE w/ a bachelors is more valuable than a CCNA with a Masters degree...
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