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Question asked by sanjanaaa in #Coffee Room on Aug 24, 2015
sanjanaaa · Aug 24, 2015
Is networking field good for girls? If yes what track or specializations they should take in CCNA and CCNA? Posted in: #Coffee Room
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare · Aug 24, 2015
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Is networking field good for girls??? If yes what track or specializations they should take in ccna and ccna...??
I'm not sure there is any exception; but no engineering related profession these days differentness between male and female engineers. The answer to your first question is 'yes' - networking is a good field for girls; and boys too. Just make sure that you first understand what kind of jobs networking domain offers. It will ensure that you will enjoy working as a networking engineer and develop relevant skills set.

I'm tempted to tag @durga who should be able to guide you further.
rahul69 · Aug 24, 2015
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Is networking field good for girls? If yes what track or specializations they should take in CCNA and CCNA?
Any field is good if you enjoy it. IMO, CCNA will be a good start and then you may aim for CCNP, for specializations, first get in the field. See which part includes most of your work and then get specialization in that sub-field.
Good Luck!
durga ch
durga ch · Aug 24, 2015
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networking is an amazing feild for anyone. It is further more amazing for girls for below reasons:
1. you might not have feild work, if you do , then u get to travel places
2. you will not be put in night shifts, but if you were - you are safe for the rest of the night in your office premises
3. you get to show that you have great brains and can handle problems which you generally cant see- like a inconsistency in routes etc
4. good engineer get recognised- be it male or female
5. you will also be proving all the naysayers - who said networking is not for girls wrong

now that we have convinced ourselves that networking is amazing feild for girls, go ahead and think what interests you- are you interested in wireless technologies, Datacentres, routing and switching , security , virtualisation and check the certification pyramid for that feild.
Certifications are not really tht important after you start, but then you still kinda need certs in case you are starting afresh.if you do an amazing job and want to pursue higher certs , you can always gwt your employer to sponsor
Abhishek Rawal
Abhishek Rawal · Aug 24, 2015
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Check this course too. For Indian students, the price has dropped from $499 (INR 30K) to mere $79 (INR 5K). This course is self-paced, so you can do alongwith other course too and it will surely help you a lot if you're planning to be SysAdmin.
Ashraf HZ
Ashraf HZ · Jan 4, 2016
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If you just had to pick one, I would suggest to try the network security track, especially on implementing/auditing information security policies.

Start off with CCNA Route & Switch, then CCNA Security, then CompTIA Security+. By this point you'll have a good feeling of what direction to take from there before progressing in the InfoSec career.

Good luck!
ramya Sree
ramya Sree · Oct 23, 2018

Can electrical student take CCNA course

Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare · Oct 25, 2018
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@ramya - yes, electrical students can take CCNA course. However, you'll need some basic information about computers and networks. It'd help in completing the course.

Rahul Jamgade
Rahul Jamgade · Oct 28, 2018
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I have been Head of IT department for different companies. I had few girls that work under me. I would like to share my views here.

1. Girls are welcome in this field, but you find minimal percentage in the actual field as compared to other fields like Databases, Quality engineers, Developers etc...

2. When you talk about networking fields, it is important to understand that you have two segments, Systems and Networking.Hence you need to understand difference between them.

3. If you talk about CCNA and CCNP track, then you become restricted to pure networking and not "Systems". This becomes a big bottleneck as you have very less requirement for pure networking and has to play role during establishment of infrastructure of company at the initial stage. 

4. One does not have much work unless you have any issues with Network such as Network Done, Slow speed, Internet issues as Network and Internet is supposed to be stable with SLA around 99.8 percent.

5. If the Network has issues than one has to be available  anytime even during midnight as the entire workforce is dependent on the network and hence by morning everything should be up and running.

6. Also there is a field work (though) within the premises of the office and has to handle lot of pressure as Network affects everyone.

7. There are very less ISP's and hence job opening with them in limited. Hence shifting the job is also restricted.

8. To me one should have a combination of Networking and Systems so that you are not restricted due to your skillsets.

9. It has nothing to do with Boys vs Girls, but to make you aware that issues may arise at later stage  and needs to be understood before taking jump.

10. I appreciate that you have shown interest in the networking field .

I will be happy to answer if you have further queries on the points that I mentioned here.

All the best.

supriya VN gowda
supriya VN gowda · Feb 27, 2020
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Yes, working in networking for girls is good choice. You can take CCNA course, you can do masters in CCNA course. In our college we have elective subjects like cisco, big data, Schneider, Adobe, iot etc. So we have choice of doing any course and if we have taken cisco then we are registered for CCNA course by the college and i found it easy to learn and work with switching and routing. For doing these you should have basic knowledge of networking concepts like seven layers of OSI model, switching, hosts, nodes, routing, packets, frames etc. 

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