Network engineer, also known as network architect, constructs and implements computer networks. The network engineer focuses on high-level design and planning. They decide on the suitable data communications components and configure them to meet the needs of users. It is quite a popular job in the IT industry and many are interested in becoming one. Here are some key points to becoming a network engineer.
Getting certified or a degree
Getting a degree in computer science would be sufficient to be a network engineer. But does not necessary means that you need to have a degree to be one. There are network engineers out there who are not degree holders. But it’s best to get a certification in networking, for example, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) which most networking jobs would require. Even so, it doesn’t mean that you would get the job with a CCNA cert. It also matters on how your interviewer sees you; if you work well with the team.
Working experience does matter. Many network engineers are started from jobs like junior network engineer or other IT related positions and gets promoted over time. After gaining experience and showing knowledge in networking, you may advance to network engineer.
You can also consider an internship. This is one of the best ways to gain experience if you are still studying. This would this give you enough practice and give you a chance to start working as soon as you have completed your studies.
Sharpen your soft skills
Soft skill such as communications will be needed as you may need to interact with people who do not have as much technical knowledge as you do. You will then have to be able to converse in a language that they can understand. You may need to teach or train junior engineers, and you will also be greatly benefitted by great communication skills.
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