View Full Version : Network specialist or programmer?

10-26-2001, 05:06 PM
Hi there. I am currently in the process of signing up up for a network specialist course. However, I am feeling some apprehension as people are telling me there are few jobs in this market and everyone is looking for programming analysts. A course that I would take if it meant actually getting a job so I can pay off the horrendous student loans required, however, it really does not hold as mcuh appeal as a networking course. Please share your experience with this, as the decisions I make will effect the future of one little family. Thank you! http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif

11-08-2001, 08:40 PM
This may sound trite, but... follow your heart.

11-09-2001, 09:46 AM
Some things to think about.....

One, the area you live in. Networking and programming skills are always "hot". But in your area there may not be as high a demand on networking skills as say for java developers. ( I never let this kind of thing effect me. There will proably always be more bad programmers than good networkers. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif )

Second, what type of course are you taking. Networking skills earned in either a tech. school or college are seen as being "equal" for the most part. However a degree in programming from a "named" school will always be held higher than a programming cert. from a tech. school. So you'll want to get an idea of just who else will be going for the same types of jobs you are.

Also some hiring managers are moving away from hiring folks who have a cert. but no experince to back it up. So don't expect a high paying job just because your an MCSE or whatever fresh out of school.( sadly those days are over http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/frown.gif ) But with experince gained in the lower rings of help desk or tech. support and a lot of hard work (IE: lots of overtime, studing and pestering the guys who are already there) you can climb up to those high paying jobs.

I agree with Kenja. Your best "path" is to do what you like, the money will come later.

Here's some links you may find interesting:

Good luck http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif

[This message has been edited by Ghost_Hacker (edited 11-09-2001).]