I want to get network, but I just need to know where to really start. Should I get network + and start from there or can I start with CCENT? If I can only work at Cisco, does it matter if I learn net + completely? What does one cover but not the other?
Nowadays I normally just recommend the CompTIA trifecta if someone is trying to get into IT and are unsure of their direction: A+, Network+, Security+
It covers a lot of bases and will help you to land that first role.
Security+, eJPT, CySA+, PenTest+,
Cisco CyberOps, GCIH, VHL,
In progress: OSCP
I seriously hate the CompTia hype, yes I have a couple of them and regret the money wasted on the certs themselves. They’re only good for foundational stuff, no one should be screwed out of $300-400 for comptia certs however. Yes, I learned from them but thats where all the benefits ended. Much better certs out there that are certainly worth paying for that will actually get you legit callbacks. I mean dang, even helpdesk and support jobs are starting to ask for CCNA too.
As far as working at Cisco, I haven't seen any networking-only jobs on indeed. They seem to want software engineering/UI people and customer/sales people. You're going to have to do your research in that regard.
Goals: CCNP Enterprise(ENCOR + ENARSI), AWS CSA - Associate, Azure AZ-104, Become better at python, learn docker and kubernetes
Degree: A.S. Network Administration
Pursuing: B.S. in I.T. Web and Mobile Development Concentration