Career advice needed.Jack of many trades master of none.

May 15, 2012 at 07:39:41
Specs: Windows 7
I have practical knowledge of many things related to Network, systems and security. The list includes ips,ids, nms, ldap, Active Directory, certificate services, lan, wan, dns, dhcp, switch, routers, Apache, PHP, sql, iis, tacacs, radius, kerboros, tcp/ip, eigrp, pix firewall. Though I know these things and have worked on these things but can't be judged as master of any.
My previous job demanded all things at one point of time. I managed get right many of these things. Then I took a break for one year. I worked from 2008 to 2011. I want to come back and join as a network engineer or security engineer.
I am confused with such mixed profile what I am going to get. And what should I target.
Any hint or clue will be appreciated.

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May 15, 2012 at 07:49:16
It's been my own experience that most IT jobs tend to require a large set of skills. Prior to my present position, most of the jobs I had involved being able do do everything you've mentioned above and more.

I know I worked for a lot of smaller companies where being able to basically do it all was necessary to the job. The present position I hold is for a larger organization that has a large IT staff. That's why the specialization. I work solely in networking now.

If you do some job searching to see what's available in your area, you might get a better idea as to what to concentrate on. It's been a while since I looked for work but when I was actively looking, there were a lot more jobs for people with a large skill set than there were positions that are highly specialized like the one I presently have.

Most small to medium sized businesses have a small IT staff. Often it's only one or two people and they have to be able to handle all aspects of the job.

I realize that isn't much help but hopefully you can take something useful from it.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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May 15, 2012 at 07:58:35
Curt, Thanks for the reply.
So it depends on size of company you work with.

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