Re: career guidance for networking career [7:76463] posted 09/30/2003
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
specializing in Law Office Automation. I leveraged the knowlege I gained
several years for a major law firm as their Director of MIS. I coupled that
networking knowledge with an MBA and was able to start my own consulting
success was due in large part to the fact that I could speak their language
what their business and legal requirements were. I'd like to say I foresaw
in the computer industry, but after about ten years, I just got tired of
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
> > > 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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