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how competitive is college for someone interest becoming a computer network architect

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John’s Answer

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College helps you get higher-level positions because computer science is a challenging major for both undergrad and graduate degrees. If you want to do hands-on work like network and systems administration, college is an expensive option. You may want to take courses at a for-profit or a local community college.
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Raju’s Answer

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Having College degree related to Information technology like computer science, will help you get into better companies by getting your resume/CV shortlisted easily.
Of-course since your goal is to become network architect then you will have to additionally do additional certification. I would suggest you to do A+,N+ studies during your initial year of your college degree and move to acquiring CCNA certification atleast before completing degree.
Once you get into the networking industry using certification & knowledge, you have to climb your ladder by doing additional certifications ultimately achieving something like CCIE which will help you to acquire on job knowledge required for network architect.
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Rajesh’s Answer

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Think broadly about your end goal. Becoming a computer network architect is an exciting role that will offer you to manage infrastructure of large inter-connected machines. But what is your long-term goal, 5-10 years out in your job? Do you want to remain in this role or do you want to be able to manage other network architects and eventually move up to senior management roles? For becoming a network architect, taking courses online or in local colleges and achieving certifications like CCNP and CCIE will suffice.

While practical experience is important, a 4-year college degree becomes essential when you start rising up the ranks. So graduate degree is absolutely important and as far as competition to get in a good college is concerned, it is usually not that dependent on a specific career. You will be competing with a lot of students to get in a computer science or computer engineering programs and those are usually highly competitive due to the high demand. I recommend to do very well in your high school coursework, gain some practical experience by partnering with someone in your school's lab and take online courses on the side if you can.
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Dinesh’s Answer

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Computer network architects design and build data communication networks, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and Intranets. These networks range from small connections between two offices to next-generation networking capabilities such as a cloud infrastructure that serves multiple customers. Network architects must have extensive knowledge of an organization's business plan to design a network that can help the organization achieve its goals.

Computer network architects need at least a bachelor's degree in computer science, information systems, engineering. It will give you a computer related prospective network architects hands-on experience in classes such as network security or database design. This will help network architects to work with the wide array of technologies used in networks.

Network architects generally need to have at least 6-12 years of experience working with information technology. there are multiple certification programs are available for Network architects, most of companies required those certification.

Here are some qualities required to be a Network Architects:

Analytical skills. Computer network architects have to examine data networks and decide how to best connect the networks based on the needs and resources of the organization.

Detail oriented. Computer network architects create comprehensive plans of the networks they are creating with precise information describing how the network parts will work together.

Interpersonal skills. These workers must work with different types of employees to successfully design and implement computer and information networks.

Leadership skills. Many computer network architects direct teams of engineers, such as computer hardware engineers, who build the networks they have designed.

Organizational skills. Computer network architects who work for large firms must coordinate many different types of communication networks and make sure they work well together


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