Should I even get anymore certs?

N7ValiantN7Valiant Senior MemberMember Posts: 363 ■■■■□□□□□□
Been having a bit of a conundrum with this recently when I was trying to go after the VCP, found out that Stanly's new courses only counts for VCTA, and thus doesn't do jack for the VCP.

I work in government as a Helpdesk Technician, so certain vendor certifications like MCSA, CCNA, and VCP are useful if you need to work with the product in your role.  I want to secure a role as a Systems Administrator so I wanted a "core" set of credentials around Systems (Microsoft and VMware, both used heavily by federal jobs around here).  I'm not very good at deeper level networking which is why I didn't go for the CCNA (also no Sysadmin positions require it for govt so it would be kinda useless in that sense).  There's still a path for me to get the VCP if I grab the CCNA then the VCP-NV, but I'm not so sure it's worth it just because it'll be a much longer path (I'd expect 3 months of diligent study for only the CCNA just because it's a weak subject for me).

I only wanted to grab a cert a year as a relaxed pace since I nabbed the OSCP in 2020.  Linux isn't a big part of the market where I live, so that kinda put a damper on my desire for the RHCSA.  I'm not so sure I'm qualified to be dabbling in Cloud if I'm not even a Sysadmin yet.  Is there anything else I should be looking at, or just bite the bullet and go for the CCNA?

My other motivation for wanting to go directly for the VCP is simply because that's a technology I work with everyday, whereas I don't get to touch Linux boxes or Cisco devices where I am.
OSCP
MCSE: Core Infrastructure
MCSA: Windows Server 2016
CompTIA A+ | Network+ | Security+ CE

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  • shochanshochan Member Posts: 958 ■■■■■■■□□□
    did you dislike subnetting like I did?  LOL~!! 

    I took CCNA twice, missed passing on both <10 pts...I moved on...

    Maybe Azure or AWS cloud or security? 

    Are you wanting to stay technical or mgmt?

    OR

    (Computer_generations) <- Let's have a  history lesson, lol
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  • N7ValiantN7Valiant Senior Member Member Posts: 363 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Not good with subnetting, to say nothing of IPv6.  I also find most networking topics (BGP, OCSP, OSPF) to be very dry and boring.

    Goals would be a purely technical path in Systems, maybe eventually branching into Cloud or DevOps.  The main reason why I don't want to chase those certs first is because while I passed the OSCP, I didn't quite feel I was prepared for it in that 3-5 years as a Sysadmin first probably would have made the experience more enjoyable.

    I pretty much killed any desire for offensive security after that, so I didn't want to do the same thing again by chasing Cloud or DevOps certs without a solid general foundation to work with.
    OSCP
    MCSE: Core Infrastructure
    MCSA: Windows Server 2016
    CompTIA A+ | Network+ | Security+ CE
  • JDMurrayJDMurray MSIT InfoSec, CISSP, SSCP, GSEC, EnCE, C|EH, CySA+, PenTest+, CASP+, Security+ Surf City, USAAdmin Posts: 12,201 Admin
    Going for the CCNA was the only thing that forced me to understand IP subnetting. Just the learning aspect alone is a good enough reason for me to keep going with certs.
  • UnixGuyUnixGuy Are we having fun yet? Mod Posts: 4,269 Mod
    I did certs in the past for one reason: to learn a certain topic. So if you're curious or want to build a skill, go for it.

    People get disappointed when they get a cert and it doesn't lead directly to a job. Whilst it may or may not lead to a job, it makes you a more knowledgeable individual, and a potentially a better professional.
    Certs: GPEN, GCFA, CISM, CRISC, RHCE
    In Progress: MBA
  • N7ValiantN7Valiant Senior Member Member Posts: 363 ■■■■□□□□□□
    UnixGuy said:
    I did certs in the past for one reason: to learn a certain topic. So if you're curious or want to build a skill, go for it.

    People get disappointed when they get a cert and it doesn't lead directly to a job. Whilst it may or may not lead to a job, it makes you a more knowledgeable individual, and a potentially a better professional.
    I enthusiastically agree, though I'm in a bit of a unique job market in Hawaii.  The biggest employer here is the federal government and we have a dilemma because although COL is high, IT jobs in particular in the private sector pays even less than the States where COL is lower.  So if I went private, I couldn't afford to live.  Thus fed is the only game in town for an affordable living wage.

    Certs matter a bit more here due to DOD 8570 OS/CE requirements, and it's primarily why VCP is asked for.  The federal government does seem to have a limited technology stack, primarily revolving around Cisco, Microsoft, and VMware.  Of the available certs and technology, Linux is the most interesting to me, especially RHCSA for being more of a hands-on experience that I enjoyed with the OSCP.  But in our work environment I almost never see it used outside of vCenter and an ACAS scanner.

    I'm personally more interested in a Systems role and not Networking revolving around heavy scripting skills.  I guess I'm feeling a bit impatient because I'm coming up on year 3 of my IT career and I'm not yet a Systems Administrator as far as job title is concerned and wanted to make sure I add another arrow to my quiver so I'm not condemned to tech support hell.
    OSCP
    MCSE: Core Infrastructure
    MCSA: Windows Server 2016
    CompTIA A+ | Network+ | Security+ CE
  • balancebalance Member Posts: 220 ■■■■■□□□□□
    Go Bows!!  Leaving Hawaii will skyrocket your career.   :) 
  • E Double UE Double U Member Posts: 1,876 ■■■■■■■■■□
    JDMurray said:
    Going for the CCNA was the only thing that forced me to understand IP subnetting. 
    Same here. My CCNA instructor spent the first few classes just drilling us with subnetting. 
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  • N7ValiantN7Valiant Senior Member Member Posts: 363 ■■■■□□□□□□
    balance said:
    Go Bows!!  Leaving Hawaii will skyrocket your career.   :) 
    I have a couple of considerations for that, I know I have to leave since I literally can't afford to be alive in Hawaii XD
    1) Cash savings of $50k.
    2) Mid-level experience in IT.

    The first is just so I have a decent safety net to job hunt on top of typical moving costs.  The second is to guarantee the job I find after moving is not tech support.
    OSCP
    MCSE: Core Infrastructure
    MCSA: Windows Server 2016
    CompTIA A+ | Network+ | Security+ CE
  • shochanshochan Member Posts: 958 ■■■■■■■□□□
    Looks like some states will pay you to relocate there
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