I'm from Hyderabad, India. I'm a technical graduate in mechanical engineering and have 8+ years experience in project management in machine building, right from concept development till after sales service. I shifted into the IT field a couple of years back and completed my MCSE in Win NT, MCSE in Win 2000, CCNA and CLS (Certified Lotus Specialist). I've got a couple of years experience in managing Win NT servers and Lotus Notes mail servers.
Presently I'm working as a freelance networking consultant and corporate trainer in Lotus Notes. My current position is not as good as the opportunities in the fields, and I am now becoming more and more bored day by day. I heard Lotus Notes is doing well in Singapore and thinking to move out there. Meanwhile, I heard that Exchange Server 2000 is picking up the pace in the race against Lotus Domino.
I was hoping you could offer me some feedback to help guide me to the right certification, as well as training. Also, someone told me that CCNP, CCDP and CCIE are also having good demand. I'm confused a bit! As I'm already 34 and need to settle down in a job as soon as possible, I am looking for advice to guide me toward certs that are seeing the most demand. Thanks and regards.
This was first published in February 2002