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Certifications: RedHat - CCNA - A+ and Web Developoment

I'm currently enrolled in school and obtaining a Cisco CCNA certificate. My school also offers a RedHat certificate. I don't know much about RedHat and was curious if it was even worth applying myself to while obtaining a future career?

Also, is an A+ certificate important as well?

I'm ultimately gonna graduate (bachelors) with a Computer Information Systems degree but while on they way there, I'm working on my 2yr degree and I can graduate my 2yr with at least two certificates from my local college. One being the CCNA and other being whatever, b/c I just want what's best. I was thinking about a Web Development certification b/c I do love building homepages and I am looked upon as very creative.

Insight would be great. Thanks!

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Forget the A+

In reply to: Certifications: RedHat - CCNA - A+ and Web Developoment

The redhat isnt necessary, but if it's easy to get, go ahead and get it. There is a market for linux admins although for the most part not alot of people are using redhat, but most of the linux flavors are pretty much the same.

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In reply to: Certifications: RedHat - CCNA - A+ and Web Developoment

In my previous life (job) I was a College teacher and had obtained my A+, RedHat, Linux, MCSD, MSCE and a bunch of CIW ones. I only did them so I was familiar of the exams for when my students took them. They were pretty basic to start but consistently got more dynamic, which was good.

As for the weight of certifications, I know most tech companies require a base cert of A+, but that is doing tech work, building machines and such. Most of my students that got their MCSE did so because they never got a full degree, and the same with MCSD. It just lends weight to what you know and helps the resume. They are cheap enough, but if you land up doing 20+ like I have, I hope you have someone paying for them. They range in price from just below a hundred to a couple hundred each. I didn't have to pay for mine, my school did, so I didn't mind doing them.

The base of the CCNA are pretty straight forward if you have any Cisco training but be wary of the more advanced ones, they can get a little tough.

Sorry, I'm rambling. All proof of your knowledge helps on a resume and speaking from a point where I've been in the seat of hiring people, that is important, but every little bit helps. Also realize that alot of the certs have a life to them. They eventually run out and I know my A+ is long gone, but I no longer need it. So if you get, just make sure you get a job you like in the next 3-4 years.

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In reply to: Certifications: RedHat - CCNA - A+ and Web Developoment

A+ if you're doing basic hardware config/swap/repair stuff. Not much money here, and not much of a career

MCSE if you live in an area with lots of network admin stuff. I got my MCSE back in the NT 4.0 days when it meant a huge jump in salary and a guaranteed job. Now the MCSE doesn't carry much weight with it since network admin's are a dime a dozen.

CCNA is a really easy test. It shows that you can read a book, but that's about it. I took this test and hoped to find network engineer jobs locally, but my hometown is just too small for this type of work (Go Boise State!!!)

What I would do if I were you: Decide what aspect of IT excites you the most and focus on that one field and become the best at that one field. If I had to do it all over again, I would have skipped all those tests and gone deep into Peoplesoft or SAP development. There are always jobs that pay extremely well for that area.

If anyone knows of a great city for Network Admin positions let me know. haha.

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Absolutely get the Red Hat

In reply to: Certifications: RedHat - CCNA - A+ and Web Developoment

There is a great market building for Linux admins. Although Red Hat is currently dominant in the enterprise Linux server market, that cert wont just apply to their stuff. Debian and Suse-based servers are seeing significant adoption as well. The difference between their respective environments (RH's, Debian's and Suse's) is minimal. If you can score a Red Hat Enterprise Linux certification you're in really good shape to make yourself marketable. That will set you apart greatly in a business and corporate world where hybrid networks (linux+windows) are very common. It is becoming increasingly important to be educated and familiar with these other systems if not for your own sake, but for the sake of your job and employer. Windows admins are a dime-a-dozen and few have any real experience with Unix/Linux systems, leaving those who do with a great advantage.

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Thanks (+ one more thing)

Wow... thanks for all the great feedback. I guess being versatile in windows/linux is a plus or just being an expert in one is just as good?

Is there a strong field out there for webmasters, web developers, or web security specialists?

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do both

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like I said, Windows admins are a dime-a-dozen. There is nothing special about proclaiming yourself to be a windows products/services expert. You need to be 'versatile' in all facets of the industry. This includes windows support/admin, linux/unix support/admin, security, networking, basic scripting (VB, shell.) I would say that a comprehensive and meaningful Linux/Unix education is worth gold. You would be qualified to work on Macs, Red Hat, Novell, Solaris, HP/UX...the list goes on. Want to work at IBM or google or Amazon??? You'd better know Linux. Want to work for the Redmond School District? Windows XP is fine.

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dont be a jerk

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Nothing special? Wow, i guess my 90k+ annual salary as a windows admin is useless huh?

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That's fine if you got into the industry 10 years ago when it was blooming and companies were desperate for anyone who could make a windows network work. The market is saturated with them now. New grads need to be competitive.

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