And of course, if you can get a degree in the subject, that would be a huge step up. Good luck!
Mitchell recommends the following next steps:
Best of luck on your journey.
Network engineers (also called network architects) plan, construct and manage networks to ensure they’re optimized and functioning as intended.
As a network engineer, you’re responsible for the foundation of an organization’s IT system (and by default, the entire organization).
While network technicians or IT administrators assist with daily IT and troubleshooting tasks, network engineers take on the high-level challenge of designing and improving networks.
Depending on the company, you’ll be creating and implementing physical and wireless networks, troubleshooting issues and researching and integrating new technologies.
How to Become a Network Engineer
If you’re looking to break into the field of network engineering, here’s how to get started.
Get Your Bachelor’s Degree
Companies typically require a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems or computer engineering. Depending on the role, some organizations also ask that you earn a master’s in business administration (MBA) or computer science before applying.
Earn Relevant IT Experience
A bachelor’s or master’s degree will get your foot in the door. But it’s not enough. Learning on-the-job IT skills are critical to becoming a network engineer.
First, you need to build a networking foundation. A help desk or entry-level IT support role is a great way to develop fundamental, real-world IT skills.
If you're just starting out, here are the networking skills you should focus on developing:
Network Engineer Basics
Clients and servers: How email, websites and pages connect using networks
IP addresses: Unique identification codes for network devices that control the flow of data
Network hubs, cables and switches: The hardware building blocks of any network
Firewalls and routers: Tools that organize and control network traffic flow
Get creative when choosing places to gain experience. Volunteer for small businesses or friends. Try an internship. Build your own PC or full stack networking project. You’ll gain networking skills, expand your portfolio of projects and you’ll have something to talk about in job interviews.
Once you’ve got the basic IT skills down, look for more relevant networking positions. Working as a junior network engineer or network analyst can help you gain networking experience. You’ll be assisting senior engineers with networking tasks, and it’s a great way to build your skill set.
Maximize the experience in every role. Work on as many different projects as you can. Volunteer to take on new tasks. Make connections with partner engineers or vendors. You’ll be more well-rounded, and it will help you narrow down your specialization.
Identify the Networking Engineering Path You Want
Once you’ve gained entry-level IT experience, you need to identify your career path. Networking engineering careers and positions vary widely depending on the industry, company and technology.
If you’re just starting out, here’s a list of some of the networking jobs available:
Network Solutions Architect
Specialize Your Networking Role
You may specialize even further in the course of your networking career. Roles range from cloud and security specializations, such as a network security specialist or cloud networking architect, to wireless and VoIP concentrations as a wireless networking quality assurance or VoIP engineer.
You could also choose to dabble in a little bit of everything as a full stack network engineer (FSNE).
Networks are complicated. Rather than hiring people to focus on each area of IT, companies are increasingly looking for professionals with cross-functional skills. Full stack network engineers are trained in all areas of IT from routing, wireless, security, data center, automation, cloud and VoIP.
Supplement Your Skills With Networking Training and Courses
CompTIA A+ Certification
CompTIA Network+ Certification
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2016
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Core Infrastructure
VMware Certified Professional – Network Virtualization
Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT)
Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) – Routing and Switching
Cisco Certified Network Professional Level (CCNP) – Routing and Switching
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For an introduction, the networking field encompasses a lot of topics like routing and switching in networks, virtualization, Internet of Things, 5G architecture, network security, and many more.
For a brief introduction to all these topics, I would personally recommend starting out the topics mentioned in the CCNA syllabus. CCNA exam offers a good peek into the wide world of networking by briefly touching all these topics mentioned. After you have a broad understanding of the topics, you should be able able to deep dive and select your niche.
Focus on building strong foundations and having knowledge of basic practical know-how of the applications and hardware which is used to build a network topology.
Besides having a CCNA certification will really help in your hiring prospects as a network engineer. That I would say will be a great starting point. You can learn more using this link https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/s/ccna-exam-topics
Create as many contacts as possible on LinkedIn and utilize the people that do connect with you to work your networking type of business. You can also use local sites via Facebook to create a community to network with and through --
I'm not sure what opportunities you have in India, but I had a friend who became a successful network engineer by earning an "Enterprise Networking" Associate Degree at a local community college (https://www.foothill.edu/onlinelearning/students/aa_courses/aa_enterprise_networking.html). He was working in IT (doing desktop support) while he earned the degree, then transferred to the networking team as a junior network engineer when the opportunity became available.
Perhaps there are similar courses in colleges in Rajamahendravaram?
I am not sure what student are you now (College, High School, Master etc.). If you want to start career in Networking, I would recommend learn the basics of networking, networking layers, networking principles while you are still in the college and get a firm understanding on those concepts.
Future is all about cloud computing and there will be minimum career opportunities in traditional data centers and everything will be on cloud. Understanding the virtual computing basics is essential before you do any certifications on networking.