Landed 1st Networking Gig @ University

MrDMrD Member Posts: 441
Well, 2 weeks after my 3rd interview (2 technical & 1 personality, I guess) I was offered a job as a Network Support Specialist II. Pretty good money, but the experience is going to be awesome! The network has over 1000 3750's and 1000 Aironet 1200s, as well as several 6500's and multiple branch site routers, I.E. 26xx/28xx. I'll be doing more L1/2 than anything, but they pretty much guaranteed to move me up to Network Engineer I after 12 months.

To everyone who says certs don't mean ass...the primary reason I landed this job with absolutely 0 production experience was because of my CCNP. Moving towards the CCIE didn't hurt either. Of course, I did blow the tech interviews away...a little too much maybe; I was answering the questions a little too detailed/involved I think, but I guess they didn't mind.

Anyway, just wanted to let everyone know that even without any experience you can land a decent gig if you put the work in on your studies! icon_cheers.gificon_cheers.gif


I start Jan 8th, right after my Vegas New Years trip icon_lol.gif

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  • sprkymrksprkymrk Member Posts: 4,884 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Nice going MrD! Best of luck to you. icon_thumright.gif

    So when's the party and who's buying the celebratory pizzas? icon_lol.gif
    All things are possible, only believe.
  • wildfirewildfire Member Posts: 654
    good job MrD you Deserve it after all that hard work! although your lab ratting will suffer :P
    Looking for CCIE lab study partnerts, in the UK or Online.
  • MrDMrD Member Posts: 441
    Ha, my wife's giving me the party! Yeah, I know...I'm not going to be able to call myself a lab rat, anymore icon_cry.gif Oh well. :D
  • WebmasterWebmaster Admin Posts: 10,292 Admin
    Congrats MrD! Sounds like a 'great' environment icon_cool.gif
  • keenonkeenon Member Posts: 1,921 ■■■■□□□□□□
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  • janmikejanmike Member Posts: 3,076
    Congratulations!

    Sounds great!
    "It doesn't matter, it's in the past!"--Rafiki
  • l33tgamal33tgama Member Posts: 28 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Congrats Man, it was worth it in the end! icon_lol.gif
  • famosbrownfamosbrown Member Posts: 637
    MrD wrote:
    Well, 2 weeks after my 3rd interview (2 technical & 1 personality, I guess) I was offered a job as a Network Support Specialist II. Pretty good money, but the experience is going to be awesome! The network has over 1000 3750's and 1000 Aironet 1200s, as well as several 6500's and multiple branch site routers, I.E. 26xx/28xx. I'll be doing more L1/2 than anything, but they pretty much guaranteed to move me up to Network Engineer I after 12 months.

    To everyone who says certs don't mean ass...the primary reason I landed this job with absolutely 0 production experience was because of my CCNP. Moving towards the CCIE didn't hurt either. Of course, I did blow the tech interviews away...a little too much maybe; I was answering the questions a little too detailed/involved I think, but I guess they didn't mind.

    Anyway, just wanted to let everyone know that even without any experience you can land a decent gig if you put the work in on your studies! icon_cheers.gificon_cheers.gif


    I start Jan 8th, right after my Vegas New Years trip icon_lol.gif

    Congratulations!! I have been saying this all of the long...don't be afraid to apply for jobs because you don't have the experience...the only thing they can say is NO or YES!! I'm glad you didn't let not having experience stop you from applying for decent jobs that might ask for 5+ years experience...you got the interviews, and you blew them away!!

    Another success story for many who know the stuff through hard studying, but no WORK experience doing it!!

    Famos
    B.S.B.A. (Management Information Systems)
    M.B.A. (Technology Management)
  • MrDMrD Member Posts: 441
    Yeah, thanks for all the support! I can't wait to start...
  • tibultibul Member Posts: 240
    good work!! :D It just shows hard work and study pays off just as much as experience.
    Studying 70-292.
    Aiming for MCSA: Security and 2003 upgrade.
  • RATTLERMANRATTLERMAN Member Posts: 151
    Congratz on the new gig

    I am really starting to believe what famos is saying about just applying for these jobs that seem over my head. All they can say is no.
  • MrDMrD Member Posts: 441
    Hell yeah! Apply for all jobs within reach. I wouldn't apply for jobs way out of reach, but don't listen to me :)

    Put my 2 weeks notice in today, and I must say that it was not the most comfortable situation heh.
  • mikej412mikej412 Member Posts: 10,090
    Congratulations! icon_cheers.gif

    Hard work (or study) usually does pay off in the long run!
    :mike: Cisco Certifications -- Collect the Entire Set!
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