A new path to your IT career

I have been in the IT field for almost 8 years. I consider myself lucky because I am able to stick to what I wanted to do when I began studying my degree. Well, why would I say that? It is partly because most of my course-mates are mostly in sales, insurance and other job industry rather than IT.

To me, IT and computing are quite complicated because there are so many qualifications and certifications where you can take other than degree. If I have people asking me which IT degree is good, I would advise them to go for certifications instead. I have a Business and Information Technology degree but I am not able to solve networking issues even though I was ‘taught’ during my course. However, I am now confident enough to solve networking issues since I have accomplished my Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification.

Maybe some people will think that degree is essential and blah blah blah… I agree with that but the need for certification is necessary to improve and refine the skill and most importantly, being certified by recognized organization. For example, my degree may be recognized only in UK and Malaysia but Cisco certification is recognized world-wide.

Nevertheless, CCNA is further divided in to Security, Voice and Wireless as well as higher level such as CCNP and CCIE which represent Professional and Expert certification and status. This indicates that there are different areas and skills to develop in order to specialize in networking.

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