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Apr 26 2010   9:55AM GMT

No job? No training? Start a network engineering career in IPv6

Tessa Parmenter Tessa Parmenter Profile: Tessa Parmenter

The jobs cut in the Great Recession have amounted to significantly more than in the previous four downturns, (see The great job fake-out), but that job loss number in the tech industry hasn’t faltered as drastically as, say, the auto industry. Around December of last year, Foote Partners saw job stabilization and even job increase in the IT sectors. Although that’s good news for IT, that doesn’t mean that everyone in IT has a job.

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In a recent chat with Rocky Mountain IPv6 Task Force (RMv6TF) chairman Scott Hogg, we discussed how the recession could continue to affect IPv6 adoption.

“I think people might use the economy as an excuse not to work on [IPv6 adoption],” Hogg said, “but the costs don’t necessarily have to be high to transition…. The cost for organizations to migrate to IPv6 are mostly around people’s time…. I could argue that in a down economy, if there aren’t other projects taking place, IT people have lots of time at their disposal” he added.

In my rebuttal, I claimed that IT has more to do because layoffs have probably left one person doing the job of two or three others. But if you don’t have a job — whether you were laid off or whether you’re new to the IT market — IPv6 can be an even greater opportunity for you.

“If you’re unemployed and you want to build a career in a hot emerging market, you could use your time to learn about IPv6 and really become on the cutting edge,” Hogg said. “You’d have lots of job opportunities, I think, if you knew about IPv6 at this point.”

Part of the trouble though is finding programs in the IPv6 field. Hogg said, “There aren’t a lot of really good training resources out there available for people to learn about IPv6. There are some good books to read that have been written in the past 5 or 6 years [such as IPv6 Essentials and IPv6 Security] … but it’s difficult to find readily available low cost IPv6 training.”

You can always start with an IPv6 tutorial if you know nothing, but for more information, attending a two-day conference could be another option. At a low cost ($200 or free with a valid student ID), the 2010 Rocky Mountain IPv6 Summit will be holding its third annual conference. For those who cannot go to the conference May 26-27, you can view the information after the conference off of the RMv6TF website and even view past presentations to learn more.

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