Steps to starting a career in network engineering

The steps to starting a career in Network Engineering

The Information Technology sector has fast become one of the most popular when it comes to choosing a career. With the world's reliance on technology growing at a rapid pace, more and more candidates are choosing to venture into this field. Network engineering is one area of expertise that is on the rise but how do you become one? From computer networking courses to looking for that dream job, we've put together the steps you ought to follow if you'd like a career as a network engineer.

Before we get started, we thought we'd define the role of a network engineer. By definition, a network engineer plays a key part in any IT department. They're responsible for ensuring that all computer systems and network hardware are up and running at all times. They also look at how they can make things function more efficiently to limit downtime. This drives effective operations and great network security. Do you think this is an area you'd like to make your mark on? Here's how to become a network engineer.

1) Start with the right computer networking courses

When it comes to network engineer qualifications, there are certainly a few options available. Although it's always best to do your research and choose wisely. At The IIE's Varsity College, the IIE Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences in Networking Engineering is a sure way to lay the foundation for a promising career. A Bachelor's degree is preferred for this line of work as it is gives you a firm foundation. Additional qualifications can and should be attained as soon as you've completed your degree. It's a good idea to achieve vendor-neutral certifications so that you're not limited to one particular company's devices, software and processes.

2) An idea of what you'd like to specialise in


Maybe you're interested in database management or even network security. We suggest thinking about your preferred avenue before you start working in the industry. Whilst this might change once you begin your work experience, it's good to know what you'd like to try first so that you can start ruling out areas that are not of interest.

3) Open the doors of opportunity

Once you're qualified, it's time to step into the field and experience things for yourself. First, work on compiling that CV. If you need any help, IIE Varsity College campuses have in-campus Career Centres to help you put together the best CV. When you've got that ready to go, it's time to search for a position that suits your goals for the future. Again, our Career Centres are ideal for this and can certainly assist you in finding the right opportunities.

Let's get you to the top

At The IIE's Varsity College, IIE qualifications come standard with #NewWorldThinking. An approach to education that drives stronger problem-solving and critical thinking so that you can stand out, overcome career hurdles and make a name for yourself in the New World of work. To find out more about the IIE Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences in Networking Engineering, please click here for a full breakdown.   

Varsity College is a brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE).