After Network+, what comes next depends on what you want to do for a living and what kinds of systems or platforms you want to do it on. Thus, if you want to become a Windows system or network administrator, the MCSA --> MCSE sequence would make sense for your next steps. If instead you wanted to work with databases, you'd have to pick a platform (Microsoft: MCDBA; Oracle: DBO --> DBA --> etc.; MySQL: MySQL Core --> MySQL Professional) and then let the platform guide your cert choices. Ultimately, it all depends and flows from answering the aforementioned questions (what to do? what to do it on?).
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