Where to from here? (Career advice)
My time in IT (10 years) has been varied. I've always been the Swiss army knife (read: not the specialist) that company needed. Anything that needed doing I did and any fires that needed to be put out, well I became the fireman.
Anything from MS-DOS, Windows, Linux, DevOps, Firewalls, Networking, Virtualization, Email etc.
I've typically worked for either outsourced IT companies handling the SME market, 1 or 2 corporates (non IT related businesses) and dev houses.
Now i'm getting older and thinking of specializing. So I guess i'm here to ask for advice and see where I should slot in. I'm interested in Telecoms / internet driven platforms / virtualization and Linux. I don't see myself going further down the Windows path.
So far I've qualified as:
OSX 10.6 Apple Support Engineer (Mac OSX Support Essentials v10.6) OSX 10.7 Apple Support Engineer (Mac OSX Support Essentials v10.7) LPIC-1 (Linux Professional Institute) NCLA (Novell Certified Linux Admin) Comptia Linux+ DCTS (Novell Data Centre Technical Specialist) Novell SUSE 11 Tech Specialist
My company have now indicated that they're willing to pay for studies. To this end i've gotten them to pay for RCHSA (starting Monday) and RHCE (next 6 months), as well as CCNA (no timeline set yet). I'm thinking I should also get a VMWare cert like VCP thrown in as these are all technologies I work with on a day to day basis.
I should mention i'm based in South Africa but that I hold British passport - so I would be able to work in Europe (in the future) - although I don't know the job market or what technologies / certs in demand.
Any advice would be appreciated.