I am a network administrator, with an MS in computer science, an MCSE, a CCA (Citrix), a CNA and I have six years of experience. I was laid off about eight months ago and have had no luck since. I am in my mid-forties and my question is: Am I too old to continue working as a network admin? Do you know of any older network admins, because I seem to see only youngsters in those positions?
My counsel is as follows: (1) Continue your search for network admin work unabated. (2) Identify a different technical area -- database, security, etc. --where you'd also like to work, and start training in that area. Either you'll get a job as an admin before you're trained, or you can start broadening your search once you are nearly trained. As long as you can afford the training or self-study involved, as well as the exams, you'll be able to pursue more opportunities that way.
This was first published in November 2002