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#1 Golossos   User is offline

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How does one simply transfer to a network specialist?

Posted 30 January 2014 - 12:20 PM

I currently work the help desk, and the network specialist openings generally "require" a degree in CS. So far, I love what I do; it is my first job in the IT industry. I have an associate's degree in the computer field. The only other option is about five years minimum of working in networking hardware/software. I get the concepts of networking, but I am not a complete wiz. I am always attempting to teach myself and delving in the scripting world in terms of streamlining tasks and all, but with help desk being a launchpad to my IT career, how does one get qualified and go from there? On the side, I am trying to develop some practical applications that are worthy to make our jobs easier. Thanks in advance.

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Re: How does one simply transfer to a network specialist?

Posted 01 February 2014 - 08:37 AM

The obvious thing is that if you want to go from one job to another, or from one role to another, as these two roles are somewhat - even if not so much, related, then you must devote time and potentially money to gain knowledge and a certification, with a serious cost on your free time but if this is what you want to do then go for it. Many people have been through such situations and finally what really matters is what you like and have a passion to do. Personally I began with web development but along the way I realized that programming is what I like most to do. I put huge time-costly efforts to learn programming in some "heavy" languages but this paid definitely back, as it helped me do web development better and gave me the potential to apply for some better job openings. So, all in all, go for what you have passion to do because this is what you will do well.
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Re: How does one simply transfer to a network specialist?

Posted 01 February 2014 - 10:17 AM

Every time I see the term "network specialist" in means something different...

A computer science degree? Networking is to computer science what plumbing is to architecture. Networking is it's own thing. I don't know of any degree that specifically addresses it. People in networking tend to come from side directions: sysadmin, computer security, electricians ... help desk? Sure, why not?

The catch-22 of many jobs is in play here. To be a network specialist you'll need experience as a network specialist.

If you work in a place where you can wear many hats, you can grab the network guy hat. "I'll trouble shoot that network problem." "What if we set up a separate VLAN for that department?" "I think wireshark will help me figure this out." etc. Eventually, you'll have "network experience," which is really what's required. If you can get a company to send you to network training, you're set.

Good luck.
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