Progression in It ( advice)

ClmClm Member Posts: 444 ■■■■□□□□□□
A little about me I'm Active Duty Army my first job was as a signal support specialist ( communications) and thats where i was a System admin for two years. I have A+, Sec + and im sitting in Net + class ( on lunch) right now will test at the end of this month. im hoping to get CCNA and Cissp at the end of this year just enrolled in WGU i would like to be a network engineer/security engineer any advice on achieving this would be great.
I find your lack of Cloud Security Disturbing!!!!!!!!!
Connect with me on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/myerscraig


  • Options
    networker050184networker050184 Mod Posts: 11,962 Mod
    Learn everything you can. Write a good resume. Interview well. You are solid on the certification front with what you have planned. I'd personally skip the N+ if you plan on doing the CCNA. Won't hurt to have it though especially if you don't have to pay for it yourself.

    I was active duty Army as well (31F, 25F, 25N) for six years and didn't have any trouble getting a good networking job when I got out. I did a lot of research and preparation and had a smooth transition.

    Good luck!
    An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made.
  • Options
    srabieesrabiee Member Posts: 1,231 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Which WGU degree are you going with? Network Administration or Security?

    There's quite a few certs rolled into the WGU degrees, which will help pad your resume even more. Your current CompTIA certs should transfer in.

    Once you get your CCENT and CCNA, you can start building some more experience and work on your CCNP.
    WGU Progress: Master of Science - Information Technology Management (Start Date: February 1, 2015)
    Completed: LYT2, TFT2, JIT2, MCT2, LZT2, SJT2 (17 CU's)
    Required: FXT2, MAT2, MBT2, C391, C392 (13 CU's)

    Bachelor of Science - Information Technology Network Design & Management (WGU - Completed August 2014)
  • Options
    ClmClm Member Posts: 444 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Networker 050184 i was a 25U now im a 35S and im in the net+ class the army is paying for it and the voucher

    I was thinkng just a general Information Technology but will consider the network admin i want to get the most bang for my buck when it comes to Certs
    I find your lack of Cloud Security Disturbing!!!!!!!!!
    Connect with me on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/myerscraig

  • Options
    TomkoTechTomkoTech Member Posts: 438
    Clm if you are going to get your CCNA prior to enrolling then the NA or Security track would make sense for you. As your CCNA and other certs would cover a lot of the courses for that degree.
  • Options
    jthunderbirdjthunderbird Banned Posts: 95 ■■□□□□□□□□
    You are in a similar boat as I was when I separated from the AF 4 years ago... except I had zero certs and no degree.

    I was a network technician straight out for 1 year and about 4 months, then a network admin for 1 year and 8 months and now a network engineer for about the past year... and am closing in on 6 figures with no degree, so I have a mostly educated opinion on the matter.You will have to progress a little bit, jumping straight to a network engineer position without network admin experience is unlikely.

    My advice would be to figure out what you want to do (networking, systems, virtualization, voip, etc) and get good at that one thing.You do not get paid great for being decent at a bunch of things... you get paid decent. You get paid great when you are great at something. I see so many people spread themselves out trying to learn everything and it only stalls their careers... in my humble opinion of course.
Sign In or Register to comment.