Newbie seeking advice with networking
My name is Marc. I'm currently attending Strayer University in VA. I'm a IT major that's concentrating on Networking. I'm about twelve classes away from finally graduating. As joyful as that sounds I'm quite worried for my future. I'm worried about the social stigma that non-profit colleges have thus being passed up for jobs. Also I don't have much experience in the IT field.
So before I graduate I want to achieve at least 2 certifications. I'm thinking about getting a CCNA certification. I already started my research with that. I found couple great tutorial videos and thankfully this site as well. I have been networking with my classmates. And I realized I would like to become a Network Engineer
I have some questions about getting certifications:
- What certification should I get first? does it matter if I get A+ first or Network+
- What other certifications is best suited for networking? I.E Red Hat, Solaris,Cloud computing, etc?
- CompTIA & Cisco certifications, which is better suited?
- If anyone lives in Northern Virginia or Richmond. Where's the best place to get hands on training?