I graduated with a degree in Business Administration and now I would like to take a career in Network Administration. I spent 3 years in my previous job as a Technical Support Representative. As you may notice, my work is not aligned with my degree but that is no big deal anymore. Here is my question; What would I do to become a Network Administrator? Is it important that I should have a degree in Computer Studies like Information Technology, Computer Science and stuff? Or should I just take Diploma Courses in Network Administration or perhaps take a short courses in CISCO since I already have a Bachelor's Degree but in a different field. Do I need to go back to school and take BS in IT/Computer Science? Please give me your suggestions about this. Every answer/suggestion will be highly appreciated.
Opinions vary on the usefulness of certifications, however the Cisco certifications are generally well respected. They apply to both Cisco in particular but also general networking knowledge. I believe these certifications would fulfill the "on paper" education requirements for many network administration jobs and that further bachelors education is probably not needed for a successful career.
Next comes actual knowledge, I would recommend becoming highly fluent in:
If you have fluency in in the above as well as mid-level Cisco certifications I imagine you will be able to land a good entry level network administration job. When seeking out this entry level job, I recommend always thinking about the things you will be doing in this job that will build your career over pay.