Specialisation or mix & match?

I just thought it would be better to gain more views from the experts and forum members around here concerning specialisation in one product e.g Cisco, Microsoft, Linux or mixing skills from various products.

I have a strong interest in Cisco and had intentions of pursuing a pure Cisco route but due to the job market demands i've had to divide my concentration towards other fields like MS and Linux.

What would be the best advice considering factors like ROI and job security amongst others?

Your responses would be greatly appreciated.
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  • seuss_ssuesseuss_ssues Member Posts: 629
    Well it really depends on what you want to do.

    the MS / Linux path ultimately leads to System Administration (setup & management of servers)

    the cisco router is going more towards a Network Administration (designing, implementing, trouble shooting networks)

    Often times in smaller companies 1 individual tends to do both functions and many people stop realizing it is 2 different activities.
  • MunckMunck Member Posts: 150
    At small companies, it's better to have a mixture of certs/knowledge. At bigger companies/consultant agancies, it's often better to have a deep specific knowledge. If you fancy Cisco, I don't see why you should do any MS or Unix stuff. For a more broad skillset, you can add Juniper certs, or similar to your resume.
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