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  Reply # 1513998 15-Mar-2016 21:40
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wasabi2k: CCNA is more if you are going the networking route.

MCSA is if you want to work with windows servers.

Roles that do both aren't that common in larger organisations, where you normally split out networks and servers.

Having said that server people that understand networks are twice as useful.

 

 

 

At this early stage of a future career to bottleneck yourself into knowing networking but not Windows and/or Linux server would not be wise. There isn't exactly a lot of huge enterprise setups in NZ. IMO build up a good all around knowledge and then specialize if you feel the need. 


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  Reply # 1515892 18-Mar-2016 22:00
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As one of those unicorn-like infrastructure engineers, it's a funny old game, and a very tight market in NZ.

 

I have been doing it for about 20 years now (all overseas), about 40 years in IT total. There are few companies in NZ that require the services of a dedicated infrastructure engineer, most of what they call that role is a general computer centre server engineer. And to be one of those takes graft and (it seems) lots of FLA's, because managers don't know the job, they have to rely on third-party accreditations of whether you are competent or not.

 

Go to uni, get a degree in computing. Without that, you are pissing in the wind.


 
 
 
 


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macuser: Half way through CCNA now after completing MCSA at the end of the year. I would say 12 weeks on each course 5 days a week is still barely enough time to prepare for the exams as the world load is significant while also working almost full time self employed, but I'm looking forward to getting into the work force for a bit of a lifestyle change.

I guess my entry dream job is working with some more experienced team members at a large organisation or ISP building networks and or server systems

 

@macuser

 

Dont bother with ISP work. There isnt a lot of it, and the majority of the skills you'll learn aren't transferable to many other industries.

 

If you're wanted to do networks and wintel, then avoid large organisations, most if not all will have dedicated and most likely unlinked teams that handle each area. Small companies are more likely to give you the ability to use disparate skill sets

 

To be honest when we're interviewing for juniors, if you make it past the CV stage, what we're mainly looking for is someone who going to fit into the team well, is keen to learn and has the capacity to learn.  If i was starting out these days i'd probably focus in the wintel space and maybe have a working basic knowledge of some virtualisation stuff specifically vmware. And perhaps some backup stuff around either Veam or commvault.




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  Reply # 1537962 22-Apr-2016 10:38
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speshnz:

 

macuser: Half way through CCNA now after completing MCSA at the end of the year. I would say 12 weeks on each course 5 days a week is still barely enough time to prepare for the exams as the world load is significant while also working almost full time self employed, but I'm looking forward to getting into the work force for a bit of a lifestyle change.

I guess my entry dream job is working with some more experienced team members at a large organisation or ISP building networks and or server systems

 

@macuser

 

Dont bother with ISP work. There isnt a lot of it, and the majority of the skills you'll learn aren't transferable to many other industries.

 

If you're wanted to do networks and wintel, then avoid large organisations, most if not all will have dedicated and most likely unlinked teams that handle each area. Small companies are more likely to give you the ability to use disparate skill sets

 

To be honest when we're interviewing for juniors, if you make it past the CV stage, what we're mainly looking for is someone who going to fit into the team well, is keen to learn and has the capacity to learn.  If i was starting out these days i'd probably focus in the wintel space and maybe have a working basic knowledge of some virtualisation stuff specifically vmware. And perhaps some backup stuff around either Veam or commvault.

 

 

I've been self employed as a photographer for 5 years, so I have the most disparate skill set you've ever seen, so although I'm used to doing a lot of different tasks all the time, I'm interested to see how a big business opperates and integrate myself into a part of it.

 

 


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  Reply # 1538571 23-Apr-2016 10:33
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macuser:

 

speshnz:

 

macuser: Half way through CCNA now after completing MCSA at the end of the year. I would say 12 weeks on each course 5 days a week is still barely enough time to prepare for the exams as the world load is significant while also working almost full time self employed, but I'm looking forward to getting into the work force for a bit of a lifestyle change.

I guess my entry dream job is working with some more experienced team members at a large organisation or ISP building networks and or server systems

 

@macuser

 

Dont bother with ISP work. There isnt a lot of it, and the majority of the skills you'll learn aren't transferable to many other industries.

 

If you're wanted to do networks and wintel, then avoid large organisations, most if not all will have dedicated and most likely unlinked teams that handle each area. Small companies are more likely to give you the ability to use disparate skill sets

 

To be honest when we're interviewing for juniors, if you make it past the CV stage, what we're mainly looking for is someone who going to fit into the team well, is keen to learn and has the capacity to learn.  If i was starting out these days i'd probably focus in the wintel space and maybe have a working basic knowledge of some virtualisation stuff specifically vmware. And perhaps some backup stuff around either Veam or commvault.

 

 

I've been self employed as a photographer for 5 years, so I have the most disparate skill set you've ever seen, so although I'm used to doing a lot of different tasks all the time, I'm interested to see how a big business opperates and integrate myself into a part of it.

 

 



 

It changes slightly between vendorland and customerland but its basically the same. big companies have enough money and infrastructure to hire a specialist network guy, a specialist storage guy, Linux guy, backup guy etc. smaller companies generally don't so you get to be the guy who knows networking and virtualisation... the backup, storage and linux guy... or what ever.

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1553813 17-May-2016 00:10
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most useful ones MCSA MCSE, CCNA, VCA, VCP


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