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Become a Network Insider.

You're texting and tweeting. You're uploading to YouTube or deviantART. You're downloading an MP3 or checking Facebook. You're on digital networks.

By 2015, there will be 15 billion global network connections - twice as many as there are people on Earth. Learning about networks will give you lots of options.

With the right network skills, you can enter an exciting and well-paying career in ICT (information and communications technology). Or you can bring those vital skills to an internship or job in some other industry. You might catch the entrepreneurial spirit and start your own network-based company.

Computer and networking courses from Cisco Networking Academy can help make it happen, and they are available at schools and colleges near you.




Set yourself apart. Courses can lead to an industry-recognized Cisco certification - an impressive addition to your resume or school application. Statistics show that a Cisco certification can increase salaries by 9%. Open the door to an exhilarating, opportunity-rich future.

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Where can networking take you?

Networking skills are in high demand. And that means lots of opportunities:

  • Network-driven smart grids are greening the power industry. Good news for the planet.
  • Video-conferencing systems are making business trips obsolete.
  • Specialized networks like Pixar's renderfarm are revolutionizing video and graphics. The whole world is watching.
  • Global companies run their businesses on networks, from designing products to manufacturing and selling them.
  • Nonprofit organizations work to solve social problems worldwide, using networks to bring about positive change.
  • Ready or not, here comes cloud computing. Find out what that's about.
  • Schools and universities need networks. So do local governments and small businesses like cafes and stores. And every home office needs one too.
  • Read the "IT Pathways" article from the Creating IT Futures Foundation.

Cisco knows networks - we're the world's leading network technology company. We provide schools with computer and networking courses that use simulation, gaming, and hands-on practice to teach you the latest skills.

What you can expect:

  • Learn by doing. It's faster, easier to remember, and you won't get bored.
  • Keep it real. Classes are designed for all students, not just techies. Dive as deep as you want.
  • Join a community. Socialize online with Cisco students in 165 countries around the world.
  • Gain confidence. Knowledge is power. Especially useful, marketable knowledge.
  • No need for a Y chromosome. If you're a young woman, your communication and problem-solving skills can be a real advantage. See the infographic: Women in Tech.

It's your future.
And it will be running on networks. Get a backstage pass to success by enrolling in Cisco Networking Academy classes offered at high schools and community colleges in your area.

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Networking skills are in high demand.

The mass of digital information grew 5000% in the last decade, but the number of ICT professionals is expected to increase by only 1.5% over the next 10 years. That means opportunities will proliferate. Consider just a few possibilities:

  • Network-driven smart grids are greening the power industry. Good news for the planet.
  • Advanced video-conferencing systems are making business trips obsolete.
  • Specialized networks like Pixar's renderfarm are revolutionizing video and graphics. The whole world is watching.
  • Global companies run their businesses on networks, from designing products to manufacturing and selling them.
  • Nonprofit organizations work to solve social problems worldwide, using networks to bring about positive change.
  • Cloud computing empowers software as a service, data center virtualization, and more.
  • Schools and universities need networks. So do local governments and small businesses and home office.
  • Read the "IT Pathways" article from the Creating IT Futures Foundation.

Cisco knows networks - we're the world's leading network technology company. We provide schools with computer and networking courses that use simulation, gaming, and hands-on practice to teach you the latest skills.

What you can expect:
  • Learn by doing. Our courses feature simulations, hands-on labs, and gaming - you may get inspired, and you won't get bored.
  • Extend your reach. No matter what your major, these classes will add to your personal skill set. Our diverse graduate population proves that you don't have to be a techie to succeed.
  • Join a community. Connect online with Cisco students in 165 countries around the world.
  • Make a difference. Here's your chance to build expertise that has a real impact. Knowledge is power. Especially useful, marketable knowledge.
  • Equalize Opportunity. Women are assuming an ever-growing role in the technology sphere. Networking Academy aims to reinforce that trend by preparing women for positions in ICT and other careers where networking skills are highly rewarded. See the infographic: Women in Tech.
  • Veterans and active military personnel: be sure to visit our Veteran Programs page.

It's your future.
And it will be running on networks. Get a VIP pass to success by enrolling in Cisco Networking Academy classes offered at colleges and universities in your area.

What's up next?
Click button below to find out if Cisco
classes are offered at your college
or a nearby campus:

And connect with Cisco Networking Academy students and instructors on:


Click here for a complete list of Cisco Networking Academy courses and certifications!
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    Student competitions: Cisco sponsors yearly skills competitions to showcase student skills and give potential employers and educational institutions opportunities to see new talent. Visit the NetRiders Skills Challenge page.     Alumni career paths: read about the career paths some of our graduates have taken.

High Demand for ICT and Networking Careers

ICT and networking professionals enjoy more job opportunities and career growth than those in many other sectors, even during tough economic times. Technology continues to grow and evolve at exponential rates: internet security, social networking, cloud computing, and other areas demand millions of professionals around the world. [Source for infographics below]

 

 

 

Compound annual growth rate of devices (2011-2016) >

 

What CIOs Want:

Fastest Growing ICT Jobs:

Salary Range by Job Function:

Cisco Certification Result in Higher Salaries

What's the next level? Take a look at the infographic on certications to up-level your career.

 


ICT JOB DESCRIPTIONS - examples

ICT EMPLOYMENT TRENDS

Alumni Success: see career pathway success stories

Jobs & Resources: Netacad Advantage


INDUSTRIES THAT USE ICT EXPERTISE - examples

All organizations leverage technology for daily processes and communications, even those not categorized as 'tech' companies. Individuals with ICT and networking skills and knowledge can combine that with another field of interest for a successful career. Here are just a few examples of industries that rely heavily on technology:

  • Aerospace and aeronautics
  • Animal/wildlife science and management
  • Architectural and civil engineering
  • Automotive design and manufacturing
  • Biological/chemical research
  • Communications
  • Construction management
  • Education
  • Energy and utilities
  • Environmental/ecological sciences
  • Fashion and cosmetology
  • Finance/accounting/mathematics
  • Forensics
  • Forestry/land management
  • Government
  • Industrial engineering
  • Marine Biology
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Materials science
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Media and entertainment
  • Medicine/medical research
  • Pharmacology
  • Product design and development
  • Sales
  • Science
  • Travel and transportation
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Weather and meteorology


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