View Full Version : Network+: Your suggestions and advice?

09-01-2001, 04:13 AM
I am a Physics major/Journalism minor (Senior). In order to qualify my hands-on experience with PCs (since late '80s) and some networking, I obtained A+ certification and am wondering if it is worth the cost of adding on Network+, both in terms of knowledge as well as employable skills. I foresee these certifications as pluses to my resume when applying for a internship in photonics/optical networking. Where would someone who is Network+ certified fit among CCNAs, CNEs, Linux etc? Network admins/managers' comments are especially welcome. Thank you for your time.

Paleo Pete
09-01-2001, 11:08 PM
I can't give you any definitive answers, but I'm pretty sure the more certifications you can show 'em the better you'll look. OK, unless you have one that says you're certified loonie tunes... http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

I don't know anything about the particular field you mentioned, "internship in photonics/optical networking", but if that is related to computer networking as I understand it, I'd be pretty sure networking certification would be a plus.

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09-05-2001, 12:35 PM
That's a hard one because it depends on the company you apply to.
Like Pete says the more certs you have the better.

I would rate a person with a NETWORK + cert to be entry level. I would then use the interview process to see how they would fit in my IT department. Where as with a higher cert. I would expect them to know more and would then be looking at their prior work experince.

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09-11-2001, 05:23 PM
I am A+ Certified and I've found that it helps to get my foot in the door. As for the Network + Certification it can be used as an equal to one of the 5 tests to get your CNE. But if you are not intrested in becomming a CNE then its not worth much in this way. Another positve thing about getting this paticular certification is that it has instant gratification, in other words you GET the certificate by passing the test, and you don't need to take multipule tests to obtain the single certifaction.

In my opinion the more little white slips of paper that say you 'know something' the better!

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09-14-2001, 05:58 AM
A good thing (sort of) about the CompTIA certificates: they never expire!

I was glad I did the A+ and Network+ before embarking on the Win2k MCSE, but I would encourage someone to do the CNNA in preference to the Network+. Reason: the word "Cisco" carries more weight than "CompTIA".

09-21-2001, 06:31 AM
Can't really add anymore to all the responses above, except to say that you can never have too much " certification ", and asposted earlier-cicso caries a lot of weight, i even went so far as to get MOUS 2000 certified.

In our IT dept. when we hire someone new, we look for someone who has not only hands on experiance, but has several certifications; because to me-and my bosses-that shows an individual who's ambitious, and wants to do his/her job to the utmost. IT personnell ain't cheap ( http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif ) so you need to back up that hefty payscale requirement with as many " proofs " as possible! http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/wink.gif

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