Chapter 5

Getting the Necessary Education and Training

Many learning opportunities are available for people who want to get into networking. The choices you make will depend on several factors, including the following:

  • Work experience
  • Prior education
  • Age or stage in life
  • Financial resources you have or can get
  • Level of management or specialization you want to attain

Image A good educational foundation is essential for entry into the information technology profession, and a steady intake of continuing education is essential from then on.

The purpose of this chapter is to provide you with the options, so you can decide how to get from where you are now to where you want to be. Because the title of this book is “Getting a Networking Job For Dummies,” not “Getting a Networking Job For Dummies Who Have an Associate's Degree from a Community College and Are Trying to Decide Their Major,” we want to list all the options so you can decide what is right for you. In other words, this books examines a range of job scenarios which may or may not apply to your particular situation.

Image A good education in networking and the status associated with a particular ...

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