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Old 01-01-2011, 05:38 AM   #1
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Default Best Path to take... CCNA or MCSE or something else I guess

Hey everyone,

I've posted a few times for problems I've had and always got some good advice, so hopefully I can get some more. Not sure where to post for this kind of question on this site, so hopefully I chose right. Apologies if it should be somewhere else.

Anyways, I'm at a crossroads here and I'm really wondering which path I should take. I want to go into the networking field and I'm wondering which road would be better: CCNA or MCSE. I do prefer hardware as apposed to Active Directories and all that stuff, however I don't really mind either. I want the job that is more in demand (I do realize it depends where I live, but I can always move somewhere if needed). I just want a job that has a good career attached to it. I'm sure both have their benefits, but I'm just looking to see what people think is the better path.

Of course I may get an answer that there is someone else I should be looking into, but from what I can see CCNA (and above CCNP...) and MCSE are kind of the two leaders if I'm not mistaken. I'm really looking for something in the networking field, I have already looked into both quite a bit, just wanted to see what people recommended before I make my decision.

Any advice people have would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 01-01-2011, 05:57 AM   #2
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i would say you are better off going for the CCNA, there are far to many people with MCSE's these days
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I think CCNA is better to have on your CV, and I can recommend it, it will teach you a great detail about designing networks.
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Old 01-03-2011, 02:49 AM   #4
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Thank you both.

I've been asking this question a lot and the answer seems to be CCNA all around.
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Choose CCNA, It is best for who start the carrier in N/w administration.
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MCSE will get you help desk CCNA, is much better. Almost more prestigious cause like JCB said, way to many people have MCSE's. I think cisco certified sounds cool too lol.
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MCSE is better then CCNA
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our network engineers are CCNA trained, they're still utterly useless at their job though.

For example we had a store with a router down, engineer was on site told us he'd done everything he could and it was semi working, when he left the internet was still down.

called out a BT engineer who went on site, reported that the power cable was not plugged in, plugged it in and charged nearly 300 for the visit.

Moral of the story: being certified don't mean squat if you're useless

IMHO, if you start up CCNA and move up to say, CCNP in the future; would be a good path. If you want to be a network guy obviously, CCNP/CCNA aren't that useful if you want to be a desktop support guy.
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