13 Replies Latest reply: Dec 8, 2011 8:31 PM by Jared RSS

    Next Career Goal

    rocky

      Hello,

       

      how we can setup next career goal in networking field and on which criteria, career goal depends upon?

       

      currently i am a network engineer designation so if i want to achieve next higher position or more challenging job then what things need to consider?

       

      i am daam confused that what exactly i want to achive in my life.... i am feeling  myself  like just aimless and just doing day to day assigned task.

       

      very frustrated...because of no aim

       

      so how to become aimful life and future targets?

       

       

      thanks and regards,

      rocky

        • 1. Re: Next Career Goal
          Sebastian

          Decide what you want, and align your personal development accordingly. If you need a challenge, perhaps diversify your studies/development and learn something new. Are there no further certifications/qualifications in your current line of work, like a CCIE perhaps (unless you already have it). Perhaps persue your CCIE in a different discipline? Or change it up all-together and learn a new technology.

           

          Perhaps it is a good idea to first figure out why you are "aimless"? If it is something "emotional", then no matter what you do, chances are you will be unhappy before too long. You will need to figure out what's demotivating you, and address that.

          • 2. Re: Next Career Goal
            BIGEVIL

            That is not good mate. You need to think what you want from life/work etc. I have never been a person for not having a goal/dream - i need this otherwise i would be like dog chasing my tail. Going round and round.

            I know you have thought about the CCIE, but is that something you want? Even if you worked until you got it - then felt the same after?

             

            That said - if you have passion for what you do, learn quick you will always have work and be able to move forward,

            • 3. Re: Next Career Goal
              Natraj Babaria

              Hi Rocky,

               

              First think on what level you want to go. How much you can learn and how fast and after that decide what you like and finally if you have flair for it then go for it. As per my understanding CCIE is the mose reputed course of cisco you can go for this.

               

              Thanks & Regards,

              Natraj Babaria

              • 4. Re: Next Career Goal
                rocky

                Dear Natraj,

                 

                you correctly understood me and more frankly that my mind is very flickering and changing decision frequently means started studying CCIE then again i quite then started from scratch CCNA then i thought again why to study again CCNA then starting CCIE books again come back.....i realy frustrated my friend i could not able to stick to one path therefore none of the topics gets completed......

                 

                therefore i feeling sometime that in my life i will never achieve CCIE if this kind of mind

                 

                any suggestion

                • 5. Re: Next Career Goal
                  Sebastian

                  Honestly, if you were one of my engineers, the first thing I would tell you is that I don't think you were meant to be in networking. It sounds harsh, but I say this with the utmost respect.

                   

                  As a matter of fact, a couple of months ago I actually had a meeting with a former engineer who had a similar issue with his position as a sysadmin working for our division. At the end of the day he resigned his position and went into graphic design of all things, and in a matter of months he has gone from strength to strength, because he actually enjoyed what he was doing. Yes, he was a great sysadmin, but for him it was just a job. He wanted a career as a graphic designer. and once he made that move he found peace with himself and for the first time he was happy.

                   

                  As with any career path, there needs to be some level of (healthy) obsession with your subject matter. This is what makes us good, and better than the rest, and what gives us the desire to excel in a particular field or discipline.

                   

                  The fact that you have trouble seeing things through might not have anything to do with you, but rather what you are trying to achieve.

                   

                  I would suggest the first thing you need to figure out is this:

                   

                  Do you see networking as your job, or as your career?

                  • 6. Re: Next Career Goal
                    Natraj Babaria

                    Hi Rocky,

                     

                    If you want to go for CCIE then you have to be dedicated once you start you have to do it till end. If you want to leave in  between then i will suggest dont waste your money and time.

                     

                    Thanks & Regards,

                    Natraj Babaria

                    • 7. Re: Next Career Goal
                      Jared

                      Awesome post Sebastian.  The thing is, that people's likes and interests can change over time.  One may love being a sys admin and over time, it gets old and wants to do something else.  In this case, they started out in a career and the career became just a job due to interests changing.

                       

                      I do agree that the more you enjoy it, the better you will be at it.  But keeping the enjoyment is where the challenge may sit.  I have seen it often with network engineers becoming designers or project managers.  Sometimes, they want that change and their careers morph, other times, they don't and they take the promotion and job change, but really aren't all that happy.

                      • 8. Re: Next Career Goal
                        Sebastian

                        You hit the nail 100% on the head, Jared.

                         

                        rocky, perhaps look at generalizing more than specializing? Stay in the network field, but start more at project planning, budgeting, business case development, etc. than being at the coalface and getting your hands dirty with the technical stuff.

                         

                        When all is said and done, this is a really dilemma, and I can't even imagine how frustrating it must be for you.

                         

                        I wish you all the best my friend, and I hope you find what you are looking for.

                         

                        Regards

                         

                        Sebastian

                        South Africa

                        • 9. Re: Next Career Goal
                          rocky

                          Hello,

                           

                          You took me wrong guys, of course, i like networking field but my confusion is that right now i am network engineer and my so many office friends are very much sure about their next plan or to be become next something. but when i ask myself then i am not getting this answer and facing question that how can i decide what i want to be? currently i am in service provider env. so most of the work on routing only.

                          so even though doing study of CCIE or any other exam, i am not getting answer that which position i will achieve after any certification?

                           

                          what are you thinking on this confusion guys?

                           

                          thanks

                          sourabh

                          • 10. Re: Next Career Goal
                            Sebastian

                            I'm thinking you are too concerned about a title. If you are happy doing what you are doing, then the title should be irrelevant.

                             

                            In your organization, what is the next title after network engineer? That is what you will need to strive for then.

                             

                            Maybe I am missing the point completely

                             

                            Good luck

                             

                            Sebastian

                            South Africa

                            • 11. Re: Next Career Goal
                              rocky

                              hello,

                               

                              no what i means, every one has some planning in there networking field, no one want to stay in same position for 2 to 3 years or more and every one wants a stable life

                               

                              ok simple question guys... will good position or challenging possition will depends on certifications and knowledge?

                              • 12. Re: Next Career Goal
                                Natraj Babaria

                                Hi Rocky,

                                 

                                Yeah your position is totally depends upon your certifications as well as your knowledge If you are CCIE definatly you will going to get a good post as compared to CCNA and CCNP but at same time your experiance also going to count and if you to go further then you need to increase your certification level as well as youe knowledge too.

                                 

                                Thanks & Regards,

                                Natraj Babaria

                                • 13. Re: Next Career Goal
                                  Jared

                                  I have been in the same position as far as job title for the past 4 years with the same employer... however, the job is always chaning because technology changes.  So, even though I have not moved up in rank per say, I still have enjoyed what I have done and the things I have learned.  In networking, I thought I would mostly be an ops type of guy, I never dreamed I would be doing the broad type of stuff I do now.

                                   

                                  I think its natural for one to wonder what is the next step for them.  It's a question that only you can answer.  What technologies interest you?  Where do you want to be?  Can you get their with your current employer?