In every office, there exists a network specialist.  With today’s technologically dependent world, having someone, who understands the local network and can troubleshoot any problems that arise, is necessary.  This network specialist is also the one who holds the secret password to the Wi-Fi network of the office, to which everyone tries to decipher. Perhaps, even go as far as to bribe him/her for the sacred password.

In every job I have held, I have always befriended the network specialists, which was always useful when I ran into a network problem.  In addition, they were also very friendly people, who never made you feel stupid for not understanding, what was to them, basic and common knowledge.  Becoming a network specialist or engineer not only requires being skilled in network configuration, design and implementation, but also having problem solving and critical thinking skills.  There will be times when you will encounter problems that will require you to perhaps think outside of the box to come up with solutions.  A job in networking is a critical position, held by one or a few individuals depending on the size of the company.

In order to get into this field, the first thing you will need to do upon completing your degree in computer science is to enroll in a certification program, which will give you the knowledge needed to enter into the networking field.  There are a few certifications you can choose from such as:

CompTIA Network Certification

Cisco CCNA Certification and

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associates

These specialized programs are designed to teach you what you perhaps did not learn in your degree program, giving you the skills and knowledge to become career ready.  So, if you are undecided on a career route, you can pursue a job as a network specialist or administrator, which a company of every size and sort will need.  Enrolling in your certification course will be the start of a successful career for you.  A safe bet for any young graduate to embark on.


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