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CCNA & its job prospect

Discussion in 'General Cisco Certifications' started by nooraals, Nov 30, 2005.

  1. nooraals

    nooraals New Member

    Hi every1,
    I am studying Computer Science (BSc hons) at Aston Uniersity. Currenly I am working as a System Administrator (1 year student placement) and planning 2 complete CCNA during this year.

    Can any1 tell me, firstly if this 10/12 months are enough for completing CCNA certification?

    How good is this qualification for geting a job? is a job guranteed? will this qualification be enaugh apart from my BSc certification, or I need satisfactory BSc result as well (i m worried because i am expecting a 2.2)? how much sud be the starting salary?

    If any1 can help, that wud be great. thanx
  2. Clyde

    Clyde Megabyte Poster

    CCNA and a BSc ought to help secure a job, but equally important is professionalism, dedication and good grammar and presentation.

    Sadly, from wot I seen u got to praktise a little on de later

    Seriously though, to be taken seriously in the job market you got to polish up on the presentation and grammar etc. That includes online communication to agencies etc...

    Certifications: A+, Network+, Security+, MCSA, MCSE
  3. The_Geek

    The_Geek Megabyte Poster

    There's no such thing in the IT world.
    Certifications: CompTIA and Micro$oft
    WIP: PDI+
  4. Jellyman_4eva

    Jellyman_4eva Byte Poster


    I do not have a degree but I do have a few certs and can vouch for what the other guy here highlighted...

    No IT qualification in the world will get you a guaranteed job...

    They just do not exist...

    Without sounding harsh there are lots of people out there with lots of certs nowadays and you with a degree and CCNA will be no different....


    Thats not to say there is not a job out there for you there are plenty of jobs to go round, but more and more are looking at people with a combination of certs/degrees/experience...

    Also although your qualifications will be good, you must remember that (As far as I can remember) Computer Science degrees are very much software programming based (C++, C, PHP etc?? correct me if I am wrong) whereas a CCNA is very much hands on network technician stuff, they are fairly different areas. Whilst this means you have a broad set of knowledge, you may have trouble getting in somewhere because you have not specialised... (A problem which I myself am currently having)..

    As for your CCNA question... I am about to take the exam for Semesters 1 & 2 (The first half of the CCNA) and I was on a 2 week course...

    The whole CCNA course for me is 4 weeks intensive, so 10-12 months should be easy for you as you already have IT experience...

    As for salary, depends where you go, check reed.co.uk

    So thats my 3 pence worth
    Certifications: MCDST, MCITP-EDST/EDA/EA/SA/ MCSA 2K3/2K8, MCSE+M 2K3/2K8, ISA/TMG, VCP3/4, CCNA, Exchange, SQL, Citrix, A+, N+, L+, Sec+, Ser+, JNCIA-SSL, JNCIS-SSL
    WIP: Lots
  5. Boycie
    Honorary Member

    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

    Hi and welcome to the forum. Can't really say anything else, all has been covered :thumbleft
    Certifications: MCSA 2003, MCDST, A+, N+, CTT+, MCT
  6. surfer_rosa

    surfer_rosa Nibble Poster


    says £35k / year and £25 / hour.

    Cheers for the above replies - i was wondering those sort of things myself.
    Certifications: None.... yet
  7. Phoenix
    Honorary Member

    Phoenix 53656e696f7220 4d6f64

    dont believe everything you read made, you can expect to require atleast 5 years experiance before you hit that money

    most certs are not entry level, so you can expect salary predictions that go with them to assume the experiance most people would have before attempting them to go hand in hand with the cert itself, doing the cert first isnt a shortcut
    Certifications: MCSE, MCITP, VCP
    WIP: > 0

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