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Where to Go from Here

Evaluate your readiness for the Network+ exam. Specifically, CompTIA recommends that an exam candidate have 9-12 months of work experience with networking technologies. If you have that experience, picking up the concepts presented in study materials and classes will come much easier.

Although CompTIA does not require the A+ certification as a prerequisite for the Network+ certification, they recommend you have an equivalent level of knowledge. Therefore, if you are just entering the world of IT and have not yet worked with computers (for example, operating systems, PC hardware, and troubleshooting), you might wish to first pursue A+ certification before your Network+ certification.

After attaining your Network+ certification, your next step could be to focus on a specific technology or vendor. Many decide on Cisco Systems' entry-level routing and switching certification of CCENT or CCNA. You also may want to consider the CompTIA Security+, which is another vendor-neutral certification, and is focused on Security. The great news is that the foundation you have established with Network+ will serve you well regardless of which technology or vendor you choose as you continue your studies and training.

Have fun, and enjoy the exciting journey you are now on!

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