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Will a CCENT certification increase job openings after earning a computer hardware engineering degree?

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Rich’s Answer

So like much in life it's not black and white. Certs can't hurt you but they won't help you all by themselves. Think of any certification below CCIE level as being that little extra something that might just make you better than your competition but they are no substitute to actual knowledge and experience. It's just a fact of life that some interviews value certs and some don't really your focus should be on what you learned by studying for a certs not the cert itself. Know the material and you'll be a better engineer, better candidate, better employee.


So at entry level it's hard to get experience when just starting out though but it's the same for everyone else. At the entry level in any tech-job what is often more important is your attitude. Do you come across as a nice person, are you friendly, caring and mature. Would I trust you talking to customers and a dealing with co-workers. This skills are actually harder to find that a CCENT but someone with both is great.

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It's hard to get experience when just starting out but it's the same for everyone else. At the entry level in any tech-job what is often more important is your attitude. Do you come across as a nice person, are you friendly, caring and mature? Do you present a clean professional appearance that matches the work environment you'll be in? Would I trust you talking to customers and a dealing with co-workers. These life skills are actually harder to find that a CCENT but someone with both is great.
Don't wait for jobs to come to you. Contact recruitment agencies and let them try and find jobs for you proactively. Also list the top 5 companies you want to work for and realistically think they'll have a job you would be a good fit for. Go to their website and scroll down to the very bottom, somewhere you'll find a link to Careers where they'll list job openings. 90% of companies have this but not many know about it. It cost them less to get someone directly than via an agency.
Thank you comment icon Rich is absolutely correct. I would add that an internship is a valuable addition to your CV, and will help you learn more about the work, and the company you're interested in. Utilize resources at your school for interviewing, CV preparation, and like Rich said, don't wait for the jobs to come to you! Go find them! Mark Calaway
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Chris’s Answer

To give a short answer, it can't hurt your chances and will help when recruiters compare your resumes to others.

To expand upon this, when viewing a CV additional certifications will allow you to have more of a "foot in the door" to those who don't have certifications. The key thing to note though, is certifications can only take you so far, it will help you to get to the final stages of an interview process, once at an interview stage from my experience companies are often looking for an insight into your work ethic, attitude, and overall experience. In this sense an internship or prior relevant work experience can be as good if not better then a certification. (Certifications of a CCIE level will carry more weight of course than the entry level certifications).

The CCENT will provide some of the foundation skills required when looking into a Networking field, and will allow a structured approach to this learning. This will not guarantee you a job, nor will any single certification, or experience. To my belief it is a combination of these, as well as how you present yourself and communicate.

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Kislay’s Answer

Certifications are merely a recognition which you get after passing the exams. It has some value and having them can make you stand out. But what you really need is the right knowledge and experience in that field to deliver end to end service. And since CCENT is just a entry level certification exam. I would recommend you to go for the CCNA which is the next step after CCENT. But what matters at the end of day is the how well you understand the underlying concepts.

Kislay recommends the following next steps:

CCNA
Find an Internship
Go for a Job
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Deepak’s Answer

Answer to your question is Yes, if while passing certification also an opportunity is taken to learn and understand technology/topics covered under CCENT to build fundamental knowledge which can be replicated at work place. Just getting any certification and putting on resume may get an interview call but passing would be another story.

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Ishant’s Answer

Certifications are an important part of career in life of a network engineer is what I have discovered. It helped me to get my first interview scheduled for my first job.

Being said that certification alone can't help you to get the job unless you have got your concepts well settled in your brains and that you can achieve with more and more practice as it is been quoted practice makes a man perfect.

And the same applies for you later in career as well when you opt for CCNP, CCIE. It will help you get opportunities.

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Vijay’s Answer

Yes for freshers, some how. But if your concepts are clear that would be the best thing.

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Sanjeevirayan’s Answer

Yes,it is better complete CCNA Routing and Switching Certification instead of CCENT so that you will get more job openings.
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Puneet’s Answer

I totally agree with Rich. My thoughts are the same and I could not have said it better than how he has articulated

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Parshwajyoti’s Answer

CCENT is an entry level certification but its a great way to step in Cisco's world of networking.Along with CCENT,I would suggest to complete the associate level certification CCNA and professional level certifications like CCNP(Enterprise routing) that will definetely increase the chance of getting job.Moreover,doing professional level certification will help you to get better pay with better job responsibilities.
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Alejandra’s Answer

Hi Logan,

Certifications are always an important thing in your career. Of course it is more important to have the knowledge and the preparation skills for the job you want to apply. Here at my job I interview candidates and I would tell you that it gives you a plus between any other people with similar skills.

My recommendation will be to go for more, CCENT is the most basic certification, try to achieve the CCNA, that its not to too far from CCENT.

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Luis’s Answer

Hi Logan,

It will be not that much as you would like and also, as good paid as you would like.

CCENT will just open to you the front door of a new world, it would depend on you if you want to know all the house and also, get the beneffits of it.

This is been said by a guy that 2 years ago wasn't even CCENT and now after getting the CCNP R&S is looking for his first CCIE.

If you think that networking and communications is interesting, once you start getting certs you can't stop by learning new stuff.

Hope my answer can be userfull for you.

Regards.

Luis from Cisco TAC.

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Nishant’s Answer

Hi Logan,

CCENT certification is a entry level certification offered by CISCO. However doing some associate level certification like CCNA and professional certification like CCNP can help you out to get a job or internship. But CCIE certification will give you more edge in your career.

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steven’s Answer

yes definitely , starting with CCENT and targeting for higher certification such as CCNP, CCIE will definitely place you in demanding position for demanding good pay and job.

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Gopal Prasad’s Answer

Cisco no longer issue CCNET certification, Now Cisco Offers consolidated CCNA certification, So now you can focus on CCNA Certification.

Certification is important to standout but also focus on hands-on experience/lab along with study while preparing for certification.

CCNA Certification also help in gaining good understanding of network fundamentals and basic network concept.

Good luck with your certifications.
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Muhammad’s Answer

Everything starts from Zero (or One)... CCENT certification will not harm you but starting with an Associate level certification will be much beneficial in terms of technical knowledge and of course in terms of money you spend. But keep in mind that certification with practical experience is something which will stand you out from others.

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Aman’s Answer

Yes it will, and I would rather encourage you to go for CCNA as well. Will be a great add on

If you want to go for Networking you can go for CCNA Routing Switching and move from their own wards to many things like Security, Cloud Computing, IOT, Wireless, Voice.

For lectures on CCNA, CCENT and Basic Networking do check below youtube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/c/ciscowithamansoni

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