Keep trucking ahead to get CCNA or go for Win 7 certs?

pamccabepamccabe Member Posts: 315 ■■■□□□□□□□
This is my current situation, hoping that I can get some direction.

I'm a Computer Network student at a local tech college. We are part of the Cisco Networking Academy which I enjoy. As part of the program I have to take Cisco classes and I won't be graduating until next December. I love networking though and just earned my CCENT certification through self-study. My plan was to immediately jump on my ICND2 exam and get my CCNA by this September, which is when fall semester starts. This was my plan because I was studying the old exams, and they expire this September. However, I can take the new ICND2 exam after taking the Cisco courses at school.

Recently I landed an IT internship and am getting a lot of experience with imaging Windows 7, using Windows Deployment Services and desktop support. Also, I am exposed to Windows Server 2008 and Active Directory. The internship is only for 3 months with a possibility of lasting longer depending on work load. it got me thinking about going for some Microsoft certs as long as I am getting this exposure daily.

I am not sure what is wise. My goal and career goals line up with Cisco networking. My big goal was to get CCNA before September but I could hold off. I would just want it by graduation. However, I am not sure Windows certs are the way to go just because of an internship I have. I am sure I can self-study or will get this exposure once I am employed full-time. Not only that but I do NOT want to be desktop support for very long. The thing is it would look great on my resume and I do want exposure to different operating system environments to be well-rounded in IT.

Thoughts?

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