Computer Networking Careers
Many people take the plunge and start their career in computer networking every day. However, few go about it the right way and have a good understanding about what is involved from the get go. The first thing you should understand is that this career path is far from easy. The second thing is it will likely take a lot of time and money to really get going properly.
Individuals plug in their router at home, hit an automatic configuration button and assume they know everything there is to know about computer networking. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, if you knew everything there is to know about your home router, you would have only scratched the surface. Indeed, you would still be a long ways away from even being qualified for an entry level position in IT.
The training materials are complicated and many people will simply never get it unless they take structured classes over a long period of time. Boot camps and other types of quick training are really geared towards people that already have the knowledge, but need some help in passing the exams for any given certification. Very few people will walk into a boot camp with no knowledge and come out ready to start a new job. It just doesn’t work like that.
If you are looking to start a career in IT quickly, your only real option is to take classes. However, there is a big difference between private training classes and what you would typically find at a local community college. The CCNA for example, may take you 30 days with private training and 18 months at a community college. However, at the college you would likely be more qualified for a job as you will simply have more exposure to the various equipment and you may also expect to simply learn more.
To get off the ground quickly, there is no substitution for the private training classes. The downside is of course, the cost. They are incredibly expensive and you will not be able to work while you are taking the classes. Thus, it is kind of a two-fold problem; you have to pay for the classes and you have to miss work. This is why the jobs stay so lucrative and plentiful. Most people can’t afford to do this so the pool of technicians is not growing as fast as demand.
The bottom line is you cannot have it both ways. You either have to spend a lot of time or spend a lot of money. No one way is better than another; you just have to figure out what is best for you before you take the plunge. Also, keep in mind that either way you go; you are not qualified for anything beyond an entry-level position right out of school. You have to get some experience under your belt before you can move up within an organization or move into a better job. Many of the classes promise a high paying job as soon as you become certified, but this is seldom the case if you don’t already have experience.