Expectations for first networking job

So I am going to be honest here and say that I really think that I am setting my expectations way to high for my first networking job.  My first day is this Monday and I am actually super excited and not nervous at all, I just wanna get in their and learn as much as I can.  However I think I need to take a step back and learn my place. I will be the low man on the totem pole and will most likely not get any real work until I prove myself. In my mind I just want to start logging in and configuring anything that they may need me too, but like I said that is most likely not going to happen for awhile. So really I am just going to try and take each day one step at a time and really try and show the other engineers that I want to learn and that I will do whatever it takes to get the job done.

From reading articles on various networking forums I feel that this is a common problem  new network engineers face when they enter the networking field. They feel that since they just passed their CCNA/CCNP that the company that just hired them will just give them all the usernames/passwords so they can start configuring. Which obviously that is not the case. Yes certifications are important but they only lay a foundation for you to enter the networking field more easily. Someone with Cisco certifications will grasp the networking concepts in real world experiences much faster than someone who has not taken any certifications. I know this from experience because at my last job I surpassed the knowledge of the junior network engineer within a year of full time experience as a desktop engineer. I do cut him so slack though since he does have a family and many more responsibilities then I do.

Once I start work I hope to keep this blog updated with the various tasks that I complete on  a daily basis.

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  1. Dan

    Look forward to reading your posts as this is the route I will be taking one day! Will be great to hear what it’s like for a new Networking Engineer!

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