As a first step toward an IT career, you are on the right path for now and in the current climate. The CCNA program will give you a good grounding in some basics and prepare you for a long-term career.

Today Cisco remains the ‘big dog’ in data networking and you are much more likely to get your first few jobs with a Cisco certification on your resume. So you are making the right choice right now.

In the years ahead, however, I doubt Cisco certifications will be as dominant. I have abandoned my own Cisco certifications so I can spend time on new skills like GCP/AWS, Linux, and programming.

n terms of university education, Cisco has spent large sums to provide course resources for teachers and institutions. This saves money and makes it easy for educational institutions to deliver a course with a recognized source.

Of course, Cisco gets a bunch of graduates who will be keen to use what they have learned, which is good for selling more Cisco products.

At the same time, the market is changing and Cisco isn’t growing with it. Public cloud networking is being led by AWS/GCP/Azure. There are security and monitoring where Cisco is not a leader. That’s not a negative, it’s a reality. Keep an eye on what is happening in the market and adapt your career. Change direction as needed.

If you are surrounded by Cisco technologies and career choices based on Cisco, then go with it. Cisco is a successful company and has a large footprint in the enterprise. You could have a strong career just following that path for many years. Be wise and evaluate your choices on a regular basis.

Is Starting A Career With The CCNA The Right Choice?

 Greg Ferro ( August 21, 2017)

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