As I graduated in Computer Science and Engineering and had a little experience. I've been in the office administration...
field as a technician for the last eight years. However, I still have that computer knowledge from when I graduated. I completed my MCSE on NT4 in 2000 and did the CCNA instructor-led training in Singapore. I am now preparing for my CCNA certification. Please advise me on which networking field I should concentrate more to get more useful certifications to change my working field as soon as possible and get a high-paying job in the United States in the coming years. Your valued assistance and consultation regarding the above to change my future is much appreciated. You might want to consider obtaining an MCSE in Windows 2000 as part of your "gearing up" process. The CCNA is a pretty common entry-level credential that will be worth more with another current credential as well -- which could be a Windows 2000 MCSE or perhaps a CCNP and one or more Cisco Specialist certifications. If your proclivity is toward network infrastructure, as your interest in Cisco certification suggests -- you might want to consider pursuing the Cisco Qualified Specialist credentials for firewalls, IDS or security. See Cisco's Web site for a complete list of these certifications, which you'll find more career-enhancing than the CCNP.
I am reluctant, however, to suggest certification alone is a pathway to "a high-paid job in the USA in the coming years," however. You must understand that meaningful, significant on-the-job experience is every bit as important as certification and you must work to cement and augment your credentials with relevant exposure to and experience with whatever technologies underpin the certifications you decide to pursue for the best possible results.
Good luck with your further certification adventures. I hope they produce the desired results.
Related Q&A from Ed Tittel, Networking Career, Certification Expert
The cyber security skills shortage comes from an aging workforce and lack of interest in security among students. Emphasis must be put on education ...continue reading
Career expert Ed Tittel offers his thoughts on the value PRINCE2 has in today's IT job industry.continue reading
Career expert Ed Tittel provides advice for the best way to get started when entering the IT job market.continue reading
Have a question for an expert?
Please add a title for your question
Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.