I have been working in IT for the last 10 years. I hold the following certs: MCSE NT 4.0, CCNA 1.0, Compaq ASE for NT, HP Netserver Authorized Engineer. For the last four years, I have pursued a career in HP UNIX. and I have been HP T-class trained, HP Optical Libraries trained and have also taken "Supporting HP 9000 and UNIX."

I am migrating to Canada, and as most of my certifications need renewal, I am confused as to which path I should follow to build my career there. Please advise as to the following questions:

1: Should I do CCNA first and try to go down the Cisco path?
2: Should I take the HP UNIX admin 11.0 exam, and then try to earn an OpenView certification?
2: Should I update my ASE, and try to work with SNA or clustering?

Please give me the benefit of your advice, as I'd like to restrict myself to one path for the future and build my expertise in that path only going forward. Honestly, I do not want to be a Jack-of-All-Trades. I am an Electronics Engineer (EE) by training as well.

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You're actually in a pretty good situation. I'd suggest that you follow either the HP UNIX or ASE paths, because a CCNA is not enough to build a career on, and you've got lots of other advanced certs on which you can build to move ahead.

Because you'd need to get an MCSE on Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003 to upgrade your ASE, you might have an easier time of it if you take the HP UNIX route, then head for OpenView. But all of those areas are in reasonable if not high demand, so either path should lead you to employment--which I assume is your ultimate goal.

Best of luck in your upcoming cert adventures. I urge you to pursue the path that interests you the most!

Thanks for posting.
--Ed--

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This was first published in January 2005

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