Feel like im at a stand still...

monorionmonorion Posts: 90Member ■■■□□□□□□□
Hi All,

I feel like my career has hit a brick wall and for the first time I legitimately don't know what to do. Been in IT for 7 years mainly doing desktop support, current role is associate system admin and been doing it for a couple months but, i am not happy or motivated to come to work, I know it's not what I want to do and I am not a huge fan of management around here, there seems to be a lack of leadership.

As far as certs go i have my CCNA:RS but i don't know where to go from here. I do enjoy networking but all the networking i have done is only in a lab/simulation i don't have any real world production networking experience and the current place i'm at won't give me the ability (i've asked already). and i feel this is holding me back.

I've been contemplating what certs to go after next and I have no idea. One day i tell my self CCNP:RS lets do it! then the next few days i'm thinking maybe more security/Firewall technologies (this is an area that I do lack in) so maybe some Palo Alto certs will help and I have this back and forth in my mind and it's stressing me out! Network engineering is defiantly a goal of mine but I am also open to the security realm as it's becoming more popular/in-demand, but i Just don't know how to start.

Anyway, thanks for the time and i apologize if it sounds like i'm ranting/complaining. I just have no direction at the moment.

Thank you!!


  • scaredoftestsscaredoftests Security +, ITIL Foundation, MPT, EPO, ACAS, HTL behind youPosts: 2,706Mod Mod

    First of all, stop being stressed out.  Breathe!  Do you exercise? If you don't, start.  That will clear your mind.

    What are you interested in?  Have you searched for jobs in regard to what you want to do and send out resumes?

    Never let your fear decide your fate....
  • monorionmonorion Posts: 90Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    edited February 26
    @scaredoftests Thank you for replying! yeah maybe i just need to relax a bit. I am interested in networking, I enjoy working on routing/switching as it has been one of my favorite technologies that i've learned so far. so i'm not sure if CCNP is the true route for me, I've been skeptical because I don't want to be a "paper" cert guy, i really want real world experience. Also a lot of network engineer jobs i'm seeing require VPN and Firewall experience as well.

    and yes have been looking for these type of roles, but they are asking for 5+ years of networking experience which i don't have.
  • IIIMasterIIIMaster Senior Member Posts: 238Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Sounds like you in a bad spot. You have IT experience, apply for some entry level networking gigs. 
  • thomas_thomas_ CompTIA N+/S+/L+; CCNA R&S; CCNP R&S Posts: 902Member ■■■■■■□□□□
    I like the suggestion @MontagueVandervort made.  Ultimately, I think you should just pick somwthing and start studying it.  Ultimately, you’ll learn something and be more knowledgeable, than you were before.  If you end going a different route, then you don’t really lose anything because you broadened your knowledge.  Ultimately, vacillating between two different certs is just going to waste time and ger you nowhere.
  • Skyliinez92Skyliinez92 Level 99 Wizard Posts: 817Mod Mod
    Exactly what others have said so far. There's no point pursuing another cert until you have utilized yours and gained enough experience. It sounds like the position you're in isn't doing enough justice for you. I don't know how old you are, but people with your amount of years in the field tend to switch roles every few years to gain experience.

    I've done the same and I have around 7/8 years in the field. When you've worked in a place for 2-3 years and there's nothing left for you to learn or you're not getting enough work coming your way, it might be time to switch to another job. Put yourself and your career before others. Find something else that enables you to put what you learnt into practice. You may even come across new technologies you've not used before.

    I worked as a sysadmin for a small company years ago. Spent just over 2 years supporting 200 users and a company on a budget. They had no large datacenters or corporate technologies. Just a few servers and some desktop and infrastructure support. Stared a new sysadmin job 8 months ago and I'm now supporting around 3000 users with over 500 servers in our datacenter. I've even got exposure to Clustering, VDI and Storage Pools which I've never used before. This has given me the motivation to push for my MCSA.

    At the end of the day you need to do what suits your needs, but I personally think your company is holding you back. It might be time for a change and you can find somewhere that will reignite that spark in your career.
    Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don't want to. - Richard Branson
  • monorionmonorion Posts: 90Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Hi All,

    Actually have an update...I have taken a Network Operations Specialist job and will now be doing what I love, working on networks. Coming from the Sys admin side, everything I will be doing at the new gig will be 100% new to me and I am looking forward to learning networking to work my way up to my goal as a network engineer. Thank you for everyone's advice and input I really apprecaite it!!

    Thank you!!
  • MontagueVandervortMontagueVandervort Senior Member Posts: 399Member ■■■■■□□□□□

    Best of luck to you!
  • Infosec_SamInfosec_Sam Security+, CCENT, ITIL Foundation, A+ Madison, WIPosts: 361Admin Admin
    Hey, that's great news!! When do you start?
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