Senior Network Engineer

AJ Murray

"I bring knowledge and mentorship to new engineers in my role. I believe we should all be a resource for people."

Senior Network Engineer

AJ Muray

"I bring knowledge and mentorship to new engineers in my role. I believe we should all be a resource for people."

Senior Network Engineer

AJ Murray

"I bring knowledge and mentorship to new engineers in my role. I believe we should all be a resource for people."

About AJ

Certifications

CCNA
CCDA
CCNP Enterprise

Location

Vermont, USA

Hobbies

Family time fan
Podcasting superstar
Hiking obsessed


How it all began

I was taking a C++ course in college, when I realized how much fun technology was. This led me to taking networking classes, and eventually pursuing a degree in networking information security. At this conference and career fair, I spoke with a systems engineer who explained their job role and responsibilities and I decided this was the job for me! It was everything I was looking for.


A love for working in technology

After graduating from college, I took a job as an IT manager for a manufacturing company. At the time, I was still very hands-on with the technical work. My primary role was as an architect, helping to design and implement solutions.

Over time, both my team and my responsibilities grew to where I was doing less of the technical stuff, focusing more on business and organizational issues. It was during a Cisco Live conference that I realized I wanted to get back to working in technology.

So, in 2018, I decided to pursue my CCNA Cisco Certification. I’d always wanted to do this, but never seemed to have enough time. Getting a CCNA allowed me to move from my role as an IT manager to a network deployment engineer, an individual contributor, without a salary cut. This was important, as I had to make sure I could still support my family.


What does having a Cisco Certification mean to you?

“Cisco Certifications really helped to advance my career.”

After getting my CCNA, I turned my attention to taking the CCNP Enterprise. About a month after passing the exam and obtaining the professional-level certification, I was promoted to senior deployment engineer, leading a team of engineers. I was told the CCNP certification wasn’t a requirement for getting the new position, but it helped convince management that I could lead others.

Working for a Cisco partner showed me that they really see the value in Cisco certifications. Recently, I completed my DevNet Associate, and I’m currently working on my CCNP Data Center. Cisco certifications have made a huge difference in my career and in my life.

“Cisco Certifications really helped to advance my career.”

After getting my CCNA, I turned my attention to taking the CCNP Enterprise. About a month after passing the exam and obtaining the professional-level certification, I was promoted to senior deployment engineer, leading a team of engineers. I was told the CCNP certification wasn’t a requirement for getting the new position, but it helped convince management that I could lead others.

Working for a Cisco partner showed me that they really see the value in Cisco certifications. Recently, I completed my DevNet Associate, and I’m currently working on my CCNP Data Center. Cisco certifications have made a huge difference in my career and in my life.

What would you tell your younger self?

“Get certified instead of focusing as much on college degrees. I am where I am today largely because of my Cisco Certifications, not because of my master’s degree in IT.”

What would you tell a friend?

“I always try to nudge people to get the CCNA because of the extra value that it brings. For example, because it provides general networking knowledge, it’s invaluable for people entering the networking world, as it helps them understand a number of situations they might encounter.”

AJ's career path

CURRENT ROLE


Senior Network Engineers design and oversee the implementation and maintenance of a company’s networking infrastructure.

Senior Network Engineer

PREVIOUS ROLES


Technical Evangelist, Writer, Blogger

Adjunct Professor

Networking Team Lead, Enterprise Infrastructure

System Administrator

Technical Support Specialist

AJ’s Cisco certification path

MOST RECENT CERTIFICATION


CCNP Enterprise

CCNP Enterprise certification holders configure, troubleshoot, and manage the networks of the largest companies in the world. The certification consists of both a specialist concentration exam, and the ENCOR exam, which covers enterprise infrastructure, virtualization, assurance, security, and automation.

OTHER CISCO CERTIFICATIONS


CCNA

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification is the first step toward a career in IT Networking. The CCNA exam covers networking fundamentals, IP services, security fundamentals, automation and programmability.

DevNet Associate

The Cisco Certified DevNet Associate certification opens the door to a career in Network Automation. It covers implementation of basic network applications using Cisco platforms as a base, and automation across network, security, collaboration, and computing infrastructure.

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"Thanks to Cisco Certifications, I have a great career and financial stability. I come from humble beginnings, but now, I can afford to travel, support my family, and do more for more people. These are all things I could never do before."

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Jenny Guay

"The guidance I gained from earning the certification helped— in near real time—to determine what was happening on the job, when I became an SOC operator."

Network Security Analyst
CyberOps Analyst

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