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Topic # 27196 17-Oct-2008 09:27
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It's getting toward that time when I need to enrol at university.

I'm seeking advice on what I should do to achieve the career I want.

I would ultimately like to work in designing/implementing the networking infrastructure of companies, including VoIP, etc. I want challenging work that won't bore me, and I want my job to involve working with other people.

I find the idea of having to renew Cisco/MS qualifications every 3 years (they expire) quite unappealing, but I wouldn't mind doing that if I know it's worth it. I would rather that sort of thing be something that I do while at a company to advance my career, than to go doing Cisco/MS exams before getting a job at all.

I'm happy to start at the bottom of the IT food chain, in a really basic Sys Admin role or something.

I think I could be quite content in a small business with more basic requirements for a while, but I would love to be implementing new technology at say a university or an ISP.

My current plan is to do Network Engineering at Vic. Good idea? Should I look at double degrees?

Any advice would be appreciated. I can't afford to waste this time with a wrong choice.

I have also posted this at the PC World forums: http://www.pressf1.co.nz/showthread.php?p=719102

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  Reply # 172049 19-Oct-2008 10:57
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Cisco certification is a must, get a degree to complement.  For networking, I wouldn't bother with the MS stuff.

When picking your degree, go through what they teach you.  No point in doing a degree with topics that don't interest you as you'll soon get bored and drop out.

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  Reply # 172055 19-Oct-2008 11:49
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Hey im in a similar boat to you, I sort of have similar goals as to what you want to do, I have enrolled at Auckland Uni, Doing cojoint bSC (computer science major - programming probably) and a bCOM . I figured that because I dont exactly know what I want to do yet that I might as well do 2 degrees (which enable me to have to different careers accounting or It/ telecommunications.

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  Reply # 172070 19-Oct-2008 13:45
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Done BSc - Applied Computing degree from Univeristy of Waikato

Going to do MCSE 2003 + CCNA in January from India. It's insanely cheaper, faster and better.

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