Do you think this a good plan for becoming a network administrator? I am currently in my mid-to-late 40s. I am looking for a career of 20 to 25 years. Do you think this a good direction to head into? Thank you!
MCSA with MCDST
Windows Server 2003 is all well and good, but with a new version immanent, you might be better off waiting six months and starting right out with the latest and greatest Windows Server version, plus the certifications that go with it. You could, for example, tackle Network+ and CCNA first, then dig into the new Microsoft curriculum a little later, and save yourself the need to retool anyway in the next two years.
Once you get into the field, if you like the work, there's no reason why it can't see you all the way through to retirement age. At 55, so far it's working for me -- it should be able to do likewise for you.
Best of luck with your career planning and training.
This was first published in October 2007