Networking: A Beginner's Guide
If your primary job is supporting end users, perhaps with
application or client computer support, you may still benefit from a deeper
understanding of networking. Client computer applications usually interact
with the network, and understanding networks will undoubtedly help you be
If you are working toward getting a job in the field of networking, I suggest that you
find job postings on the Internet and carefully study the job requirements. This can be a
useful technique to direct your studies appropriately. When you do this, you will notice
that for their most important jobs, most employers ask for people who are certified by
Microsoft, Cisco, Novell, or other companies.
You should seriously consider pursuing an appropriate certification. While
certifications can never replace experience, they are one way that a person can
demonstrate a needed level of knowledge and expertise in a particular area. This
difference may be key in getting the best possible job offers and in being able to
gain more experience. Often, an appropriate certification can be worth several years'
experience in terms of compensation and job responsibilities, so it is an investment
in yourself that will usually pay for itself over a fairly short period of time.
xviii Networking: A Beginner's Guide End-user support If your primary job is supporting end users, perhaps with application or client computer support, you may still benefit from a deeper understanding of networking.