Hey guys. I'm currently an apprentice at a local secondary school as an IT Technician.
Whilst I've been doing this apprenticeship, I've realised that I'm very interested in network engineering and that it's definitely a field I'd like to go in to. I've looked online and not really found any clear instructions relating to this field. I've only been shown a few things which are server-related, such as DNS, active directory, group policies, DHCP, Hyper-V, and others - but I've had to research and play about with them myself.
I've seen a few things about getting certified as a Microsoft professional, but haven't really found any clear explanation on what that entails or how I go about applying for that. Is it a course? Or just an exam? I'm not sure.
As far as switches go, I've only really covered patching switch ports in and putting cat-5/6 cables in ports, not really anything to do with the configuration or creating VLANs or anything like that. So again I'm stuck!
I've done Computer Science at A-level, so I understand TCP/IP a little bit, and packet layers and ports/ip addresses/subnets/gateways etc, but not really anything about unicasting/multicasting and the likes. Programming isn't an issue, but it's not really needed as far as I can tell, other than the occasional script or two.
If someone could help give me a "step-by-step" set of instructions to getting into Network engineering with what I'll need to research/know, that would be super!
A list of qualifications that I should look in to getting would great too.
Cheers in advance!
What do you think?