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Re: career guidance for networking career [7:76463] posted 09/30/2003
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Some years ago, before I entered the education industry (yes, in many ways
it is an
industry--now if we just had a little better quality control...), I made a
good living
specializing in Law Office Automation.  I leveraged the knowlege I gained
from working
several years for a major law firm as their Director of MIS.  I coupled that
and my
networking knowledge with an MBA and was able to start my own consulting
business.  My
success was due in large part to the fact that I could speak their language
and knew
what their business and legal requirements were.  I'd like to say I foresaw
the downturn
in the computer industry, but after about ten years, I just got tired of
dealing with
lawyers (talk about demanding, yet very slow to pay for services rendered)
every day and
moved to education a couple years before the bottom fell out.

Prof. Tom Lisa, CCAI
Community College of Southern Nevada
Cisco ATC/Regional Networking Academy
"Cunctando restituit rem"

"Howard C. Berkowitz" wrote:

> At 12:37 PM +0000 9/30/03, nrf wrote:
> >""Howard C. Berkowitz""  wrote in message
> >news:200309301049.h8UAnLNq004137@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> >
> >  > Rather than try to complement your networking knowledge with server
> >>  information, you might have some unique advantages if your prior
> >>  experience, in other fields, gives you a background in the special
> >>  needs of an industry.  I have a friend, for example, that is
> >>  mid-level in networking and servers, but stays steadily contracted
> >>  because he has specialized in the needs of automobile dealerships.
> >>  Without false modesty, I can claim to be an internationally
> >>  recognized routing expert, but, right now, the business opportunities
> >>  I am chasing primarily depend on my knowledge of clinical medicine,
> >>  and only _then_ how to use networks to support life-critical
> >>  applications.  It's still very, very rough.
> >>
> >>  Consider your life experiences and see how they might complement IT
> >>  technical skills.
> >
> >I absolutely support that statement and I would  generalize it to say that
> >nowadays, knowing technologies, protocols, and applications is not enough.
> >If you want to maintain steady employment these days, you have to
> >the business side of the technologies you are proficient in.  Let's face
> >Very few people in the world except for network guys really care about
> >tables and subnets, and businessmen certainly don't care.  They just care
> >about making or saving money.  IT people therefore aren't going to be
> >simply because they know technology, they're going to be hired if they
> >understand and can articulate how IT can help a company make or save
> I wonder if we might take this a step further, and spawn some threads
> (or even a new list) on applying Cisco (or general networking
> technology) to vertical markets/industries.
> Healthcare is one of my areas, and I know some other people here have
> done things including spending at least some time in medical school.
> Others have mentioned construction and the building trades (Duck
> Johnson, you still out there?).  I did a little work on construction
> cost estimation and building inspection, but with 1980-ish technology.
> There are several former practicing attorneys. Even if they don't
> want to get into legal IT, they might be very good resources.
> Telco and carrier operations are enough different from the run of the
> mill certifications to generate side threads.
> Who else has industry-specific backgrounds in other industries?
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