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Comment I call BS (Score 1) 283

I have to completely disagree. People who are less motivated and/or talented (which is what’s really being defined here) survive by, answering phones, gathering information, filtering up, dealing w/ easy problems, acting as hands for the more inclined and motivated, etc. Every doctor needs a nurse and every guru needs need subordinates (who updates their own firmware anyway?) Those in “unending servitude” are just awful at demanding what they are worth. This does not reflect the reality I live in, this reflects a person who is confused on how to extract momentary compensation for knowledge.

Comment Yerp (Score 1) 444

Some companies love certs, some could care less. Your best bet is to get certs that match your skills. For example, if you are a exchange guru, get an exchange cert. It's the best route for two reasons. One, it's easy to get certified w/ products you know. Two, you can actually answer the questions people are going to ask you because you have said cert on your resume. If you are interested in something, like exchange, don't get the cert to "learn about it." and have it on your resume. Even M$ tell you not to do this :D Your supposed to learn about it, get solid w/ it, then get the cert. Anyway, the only truly respected cert I can think of is the CCIE. People who have a CCIE tend to be fairly solid. Obviously this is due to the testing process. As for the rest of them, to many people cheat which destroys the value of it. That being said back to the companies that love certs. They are typically going for a partner level tier. For example to be a gold level M$ partner you need a certain number of employees w/ X number of certs. In that case if you have a huge boat of certs you will be valuable to the company. Also in some cases, like Citrix, you need to have a certified employee to get support, or other various things, so it maybe an absolute requirement.

Comment Re:Run... (Score 1) 480

To the "Please let us know _why_ this is a bad decision comment." Ncohafmuta puts it better then I ever could :) To add. If you can say you are a "star programmer" and you want to go back to the ground floor as a "Network Admin" You seriously need to reconsider everything you have ever thought about life. It's like being the a top pop singing, and saying, man I think I would be an awesome waste management engineer. Yea, there are problems in programming. Patches that go south, deadlines not met, etc. However, the 24 hour IV that you cannot unhook that comes w/ being a "Network Admin" is to high a price to pay. It's a job for the 20-40 something people of the world. It's never a second career choice, and you need to get out, our move up. Every 50 year old killer engineer I know of has some 20 year old working for him/her so they can live a normal life. They come in, design, run, manage, and let lil Timmy come in at 2am to swap in the new firewall. You don't want to be lil Timmy as you "second career." Even more so after being a star.

Comment Re:Run... (Score 2) 480

It really depends on the “type of service” For example I work mostly in NYC, mostly as a “rent a CIO.” The cost for a company to stop using my firm is usually too high to justify the savings from another firm. That is the new firm will both be unfamiliar w/ the environment and might epically suck. As we are familiar w/ the client’s environment and have everything documented we can usually continue to charge a fair price any worry little about being undercut. Now if you provide crappy service well that’s a whole different story.
You can’t replace a router off-shore
My H1B guy makes more money than me. (Seriously) Americans need to realize the threat of the talented hardworking workforce outside the US and become equally such.

Comment Re:Ignore Cisco (Score 1) 480

I'm not going to take anything away from HP, but Cisco is still the gold standard. You’re not going to have the marketability you might get w/ a CCIE/CCNP. The man has money, let him spend it, and the obsession is that it's a standard. People can trust a CCIE cert. There isn't a HP equivalent w/ the same prestige.

Comment Run... (Score 4, Informative) 480

I am a 12 year veteran of the field. My official title is Sr. Technical Engineer. I work for a small (15 person) consulting firm. I’m being completely straight w/ you. Start looking for a programming job. This is the end of my advice.
If you need to fake it for a while, setup w/ a well-respected school in your area for your CCNA. If you have no budget concerns schools w/ equipment stacks and solid instruction will beat out any other option.
But seriously, you’re making a bad career move, this isn’t meant to be funny.

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