I earned my A+ in August and am deep into studying for my Net+ with the hope of earning it by year's end. After that, I face the question of what my next learning quest should be. Right now, I'm weighing whether to start studying for the CCNA or Juniper's entry-level cert, the JNCIA.
On the surface, CCNA seems like an obvious choice. I recognize its usefulness on a resume and also in teaching networking schools useful both in and out of the world of Cisco. However, there are a couple of countervailing factors leading me to wonder whether it might be good to first go for the JNCIA.
1) As a tier 1 tech for an ISP, I use a LOT more Juniper day-to-day: probably 80% Juniper to 20% Cisco. This might facilitate JNCIA studies as well as adding to my perceived value to my company.
2) I have some significant family/personal commitments over the next couple of months. Because (at least this is my impression) JNCIA seems significantly easier, it might be a more manageable "chunk" to bite off over the short-term.
3) My company offers financial incentives for some networking certs but with the catch that you agree to stay for >12 months following certification. If I can quickly get the JNCIA, that 1-year countdown clock starts that much sooner. (The CCNA is also incentivized, but see #2 and #4 for why I think it might take me longer to get it.)
4) I'm still pretty new to all of this. The JNCIA, at first glance, looks less intimidating, and I wonder if having my Net+ and JNCIA would help "soften me up" for CCNA studies and make that exam seem less daunting.
This presumes that my next step is another networking cert. I could, instead, decide to go for a Sec+ and complete the "Beginner's Trio", or earn an entry-level AWS cert - but, for the purpose of this thread, I'd like to restrict the parameters to networking certs. Looking forward to hearing what my fellow Spiceheads think.