5 reasons why we want you to learn networking
If you are like me, you probably started a career in Computer Science or ICT without actually knowing the area of specialization to choose. Later on, you realized there are so many fields and areas of specialization such as web design, programming, software development, graphics, system analysis, database administration, networking; the list goes on. And if you had a natural knack for mathematics, it wouldn’t have been difficult for to realize the seamless flow of logic and mathematical formulae application that constitute programming; and suddenly it you have had your eureka moment. You have found something you can actually do and enjoy and get paid for it too. Effortlessly, usually to the surprise of your peers, you start to grasp the various concepts that improve your skill and logic implementation as a programmer. You become quickly acquainted with programming jargons and concepts like selection, iteration, abstraction, polymorphism, inheritance, reflection, etc; and can implement them in any programming language you want. Life seems all cozy and easy. Even the sleepless nights spent writing and correcting codes adds to the fun. Eventually when people talk about networking or other areas of networking, you are like “dorr! I have my programming. Don’t need those!”. Well, if you ever felt that way about networking and other hardware related courses, then you are just like me. But a few years and some Cisco certifications later, I have come to realize how terribly wrong I was. This is why I have written this article to help you avoid the mistakes I made before it is too late and tell you five (5) reasons why you should learn networking even as a programmer.
- Better programs: in today’s world of web and networks. The demand on software developers is usually to build network-aware software. More often than not, your program will be implemented in a network. You need the basic knowledge of how protocols like HTTP, TCP/IP works. Since studying networking, I have been able to write network software that includes HTTP communication, Server and Proxies, FTP and even data encryption. I have gained better understanding of transmissions across OSI layers and how and where I can implement security and better performance in my programs.
- Opportunities abound: People with ICT and networking skills are in short supply worldwide. Networking in particular is an emerging and constantly evolving field. The US Department of Labor estimates the number of jobs for network systems and data communication analysts will grow by 53 percent from 2008 to 2018. In Brazil alone, these types of jobs grew from about 60,000 to more than 115,000 jobs between 2012 and 2015. The story is the same in country after country from continent to continent. As organizations and institutions invest in mobile devices, cloud computing, social media and big data, they depend on a workforce with networking technology experience. In Nigeria, the current number of people working and studying networking simply won't match the expected demand. Individuals who choose to add networking to their studies or professional skills can transform their lives, and increase their chances of survival in the teeming job market
- Added career advantage : Networking skills give you an edge and an opportunity to make a career in almost any sector you can imagine: financial services, education, transportation, manufacturing, oil and gas, mining and minerals, technology, government, hospitality, health care, retail... you name it. If you have an interest in a particular field, technology is probably a part of it. For example, health care clinicians study networking technology to better understand how to use it in their practice. Whether you see yourself with your own business, or as part of a small company or inside a global corporation, networking basics open the door to help advance your career. A programmer with a networking background is an instant hire for any company.
- Networking is more of software than you think : many programmers like the attractiveness of dealing with software. When you speak of hardware, they only hear the “hard” in hardware and it translates hard work or hard labour to them. This basically breeds a natural disinterest in all hardware related courses. But networking is more of software than you think. I have done a couple of cisco courses and I have found it to be sometime more logically challenging at times than writing a program. Learning switch and router commands is an area that will instantly interest you. So you don’t need to fold your sleeves, there is no heavy lifting to be done in networking.
So whether you are planning a career in computer networking, or you are a programmer looking to expand your career opportunities, you should attend the Ashpot Cisco Network Training BootCamp coming this November for just N5000. Computer networks have become part of our everyday lives - they form the backbone of modern information systems. As networks expand, there is a growing need for individuals who understand their practical benefits, as well as how to implement and manage them. This training focuses on the technical aspects of network design, network installation and configuration, systems administration, maintenance and management, as well as how they can be applied in modern technologies. By undergoing this training, you will develop the required skills to implement and manage computer network infrastructures. Emphasis is placed on the development of strong technical skills in combination with the management of networks, implemented through design, and managing the needs of clients and businesses.
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