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It's kids like you that make ME unemployable. <grin>

In truth, technology changes so fast a company could go bankrupt with all the expensive training options available to keep current. Let me suggest a few things.

Look up the Network Professional Association (, an organization of networking professionals like yourself. They are dedicated to continuing education, offering discounts on training products, software and hardware.

Also, look into CBTs and on-line training as alternatives to expensive classroom training. These can be great alternatives for learning. If getting the certification is your priority, try a self-study book.

You might decry the idea of a paper certification, but the reality is with a few years of experience under your belt, that will be the factor that gets you hired, not your certification. You have crossed that initial threshold - you got your first job. Emmployers sometimes look at that for entry level positions (not that yours is entry-level).

But often the next step up the career ladder is bought through practical experience in some of the softer skillsets like business analysis, training experience, project (and budget) management, etc. These are things you don't get with a technical certification but can take with you from one job to the next.

Out of curiosity, the 3 IT guys who work with you - they were already there? You were hired to be their supervisor? How does their skillset compare to yours and what was your experience coming in cold and assuming a leadership role?
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