Building a networking career is challenging under the best of circumstances.
Between keeping the packets flowing and lights on, there are certifications to pursue, problems to troubleshoot, and emerging technologies to grok.
Those challenges can be compounded by your location. If you live in a small city or outside a major population hub, jobs may be scarce. Mentors and colleagues might be hard to come by. Opportunities to get your hands on new or different technologies and equipment could be limited.
We’ve assembled a roundtable of engineers to talk about the challenges of developing a networking career and growing your expertise outside of the bright lights of the big city.
- How to cope with limited job options
- How to make travel or telecommuting work for you
- Where to find mentors, training, and community
- How community engagement can get you that new opportunity
- Potential upsides, including better quality of life, lower cost of living, and opportunities to wear many hats
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