Roguetadhg wrote: »
Most (Including myself) consider CCNP the best way, as it'll give you a stronger base of information - how packets travel, yadda yadda. However, I can think of a few reasons why you wouldn't
1) You don't have a career with routers and switches. Having a CCNP without experience raises eyebrows. Which, by itself, may or may not be a bad thing. It's mostly a red flag.
2) You're mostly a security buff, and your career wants you to have it.
3) You just want to.
YFZblu wrote: »
I think CCNA: Sec is a more natural transition after completing the CCNA. Additionally, I always tell people to do what they love to do - And it sounds like you want to swing towards security, so I think that's your answer. Once you have some experience in the field, if you really love routing and switching, you can always go with the CCNP later.
Roguetadhg wrote: »
There's nothing stopping you from going CCNA:Security then CCNP:R+S... or vise versa. There's a lot of arguments either way. Some may want to know the width of what's out there. Others have no use to know something about everything. Some may find the certification pointless without the experience. Some may say being certified is okay, just make sure not to list it on your resume. Some would say - Go for it!
It's really up to you. That's the hardest part about giving advice: My Situation is never going to be Your situation. There's far too many variables. Your desire, your motivation, location, past experiences is different than mine.
For example: A lot of people want the high-five figure salary or more. I want the knowledge. Money isn't my main desire - It isn't everything. Im not going to say I don't want a better paying job, with more responsibilities. I do. You can't have a decently comfortable life without it.
All you can do it make a choice, and stick with it - or if you feel you made the wrong choice, swallow your pride, and go for plan B. or plan C before you've spent too much time, too much money, too much stuff into your plan A.