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Hi, I'm 20 years old going into my 3rd of a possible 4-year course of BSc Computer Science and I'm looking to target a career in the network engineering area.

I think I have the correct idea on what to do but if anyone would like to correct me or suggest I do something differently please say.

So, I'm going to complete my CCNA this year as well as do my placement year (year of professional experience) then graduate in 2023 with a bachelor's in Computer Science (targeting a 1st) and a CCNA qualification.

What's my next step after this? Is it realistic to get a junior network engineering position as a graduate job? Should I look into higher-level Cisco certifications? Should I specialise in the cloud as it's most likely the future?

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(Original post by Benkxnnedy)
Hi, I'm 20 years old going into my 3rd of a possible 4-year course of BSc Computer Science and I'm looking to target a career in the network engineering area.

I think I have the correct idea on what to do but if anyone would like to correct me or suggest I do something differently please say.

So, I'm going to complete my CCNA this year as well as do my placement year (year of professional experience) then graduate in 2023 with a bachelor's in Computer Science (targeting a 1st) and a CCNA qualification.

What's my next step after this? Is it realistic to get a junior network engineering position as a graduate job? Should I look into higher-level Cisco certifications? Should I specialise in the cloud as it's most likely the future?

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You shouldn't really specialise until you have somewhere you can get experience. I would work at the best company you could find for a bit, and then specialise based on the new knowledge you have. Specialising too early can make it really difficult to find a job in the field you want. Network engineering is quite in demand at the moment though.
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You shouldn't really specialise until you have somewhere you can get experience. I would work at the best company you could find for a bit, and then specialise based on the new knowledge you have. Specialising too early can make it really difficult to find a job in the field you want. Network engineering is quite in demand at the moment though.
Can you suggest why?
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Can you suggest why?
If you get an aerospace engineering degree, it is very difficult to get a job as anything other than an aerospace engineer. This is because engineering roles are notoriously competitive so you have to be a very good candidate. If you get a mechanical engineering degree, you can apply to almost any engineering role (so a higher chance for success). Engineers are only in demand if you have experience. So if you get experience in something related and then specialise, it is much easier to get into the specialised role (because you have proven engineering experience which is in demand).
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