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[–]cdMMMCCNA R&S, Juniper-JUNOS 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If you aren't looking to get a CCNA, I would recommend the network+ cert from compTIA. I would think network+ > CCENT since you would get a more of an over view then just a cisco very basic entry level cert

[–]fecal_destruction 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I would get your CCNA.. I imagine being a system admin takes a lot of experience if you want to win a resume/interview amongst other candidates. I’m just 24 and working towards a CCNA, but imagine if I applied for the same job with a CCNA and a IT degree. I would probably get it over you right?

[–]Grolfskin[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Yes, you are right but going too deep in CCNA is not a priority for me and for the job I am aiming. If I was to apply for network related position, then yes you are right.

[–]fecal_destruction 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think you might be overlooking the current and more importantly, future job description of a systems admin. I think it would be very beneficial to get a CCNA, it is only a mid range cert. but let’s look at job applications to see what systems admin might require for the geo-location your looking to get a job?

[–]SgtPackets 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You're going to need alot more than a CCNA to become a sysadmin.

skip the N+ and work towards your CCNA, also either start to learn powershell / batch scripting, along with a programming language like python.

[–]aisop1297 0 points1 point  (3 children)

no, get a ccnp if you want to be a network engineer. Otherwise it will take at least 5 years experience and multiple references.

[–]Grolfskin[S] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I don't want to be Network Engineer. That's why I want to take the CCENT only.

[–]shortstop20CCNA R&S 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Yes, CCENT is sufficient for a sysadmin, you'll be a leg up on many of them who can't do subnetting. : )

[–]hard2hold 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My two cents - find out what your goals are and drive it with certs.

[–]tolegittoshit2A+/N+/CCNA 0 points1 point  (2 children)

you have a degree, use it for like supervisor/mgmt level positions. i know someone who was in your position, meaning they had a degree but wanted more networking knowledge but i never understood why because im in networking and him having a degree was a way to make way more money...ultimately he struggled with networking and chose mgmt due to the degree and now makes about $40k more then me yearly.

[–]Grolfskin[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

The issue is I do not live in USA. I am based in Europe. In my country, the job listings for system admins require you to know networking as well. Not to have a very deep and detailed knowledge, but still to know a thing or two.

I will take a look what you have suggested though.

[–]tolegittoshit2A+/N+/CCNA 0 points1 point  (0 children)

if its not a major struggle for you then validate your networking skillset with the ccna, because it encompasses basic networking knowledge (icnd1) and also cisco networking (icnd2)...especially if you may have already got the ccent (icnd1).

Or just get the Comptia Network+, if you want basic vendor neutral networking skillset.