I have six years' IT experience working in the public sector. I am very close to completing my CCNA (Cisco certified network associate) qualification and want to make a sideways career move into the private sector.
I have been fortunate enough to gain a lot of experience within the public sector, if I was to be promoted it would be into a management role, which is not what I am happy doing. I have been going to night classes studying for a CCNA for the past two years but I am finding it difficult to break into the private sector.
What should I do to increase my chances of success?
The solution: CCNA will help you seure a position
The CCNA is a marketable qualification in all sectors. If management is not what you wish to do, there are many other roles available for qualified administrators in both the private and public sectors.
Success will come from attaining the qualification and then ensuring that you make contact with any recruiters that advertise for your skills regularly. I would also recommend that you contact your own personal network, which you should have generated during your training and six years of work. Often your personal network can be more fruitful than the recruiters.
After you are qualified, I don't perceive the move to be difficult.
Solution by Jason d'Silva Williams, manager, commercial IT recruitment, Hudson