I just completed a Computer Science Associate's degree this month and I’m thinking about specializing in Network Administration for a Bachelors when I go back to school next fall. I have a couple of industry questions I’d like to put out there and request feedback. 1- will I need any other certifications to be a more qualified candidate when I graduate? 2 - What are the pro’s and con’s of the network admin field? Thanks
Ideally your degree and certifications will support the fact that you know what you know not in theory but in application.
As a network administrator those certifications would be anything that include the word Cisco. I call these real certifications because you have to know how things actually work instead of just being good at taking a test.
Also seek internships now in the field keeping in mind that if you can prove yourself you are actually working yourself into the job you desire and in a perfect world your employer may be willing to pick up the tab for your certifications.
The cons of the field can be long hours doing grunt work to get things working as they need to work.
The pros are the pay and how quickly you could advance.