Found an very interesting article off of Greg Ferro’s Etherrealmind page that I would like to share with all of you
Greg brings up a VERY good point I’ve been seeing in the industry as well. Last summer I did a meetup for the NYC Networkers Meetup Group called “Life of a Network Engineer”. There I went off saying that if you learn CCNA R&S, CCNA Security, MCSA level of knowledge you can pretty much get a job anywhere. Why?
Every job has firewalls.
Every job has Windows servers/desktops
Every job has switches/routers/ISP drop
Of course every once in a while you find a Juniper shop or a Linux shop, but MOST of the time you’ll find the same technologies OVER and OVER again.
This should be a big sigh of relief for anyone studying to get into the networking field. Learn it once, and you can pretty much go anywhere. You’ll get similar interview questions, and find similar business problems that you’ve seen solved or dealt with. If your a consultant, its great to be in this arena since you can see dozens of companies solve the same problem dozens of different ways.