Online Network Administration Schools


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School Surprises


"Not As In Depth As I Had Hoped...
I found that the curriculum was very poorly run and instructors seemed very lazy and handed out A's like they were on fire. The program was very weak I felt and I probably could have bought the books and taught myself the material. Was very disappointed in this experience." (network admin; 2014)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in California, male
School: Studied Computer Science at University Of Phoenix in California; completed Associate degree in 2011



"You Are Not Alone...
I was very surprised at the ability to interact with other students through e-mail and chat. I thought I would be alone in the process, but there were always other students involved." (Network Administrator; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Georgia, female
School: Studied Computer Science at University Of Phoenix in Arizona; completed Bachelor degree in 2012


"So Close, Yet So Far...
I was surprised how much face-time you got with the professor. For an online college, you got a lot of interaction." (Network Engineer; 2013)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in Michigan, female
School: Studied Network Engineer at ITT Tech in Michigan in 2012


"Online Course At FCC Has Superb Professors That Are Highly Available...
What came as a surprise to me were the quality of the online lectures and the availability to the professors when you needed a questions answered. Both professors seemed to love what they were teaching and that made the lectures more interesting." (Network Administrator; 2013)

Career: 10 years of experience, currently based in California, male
School: Studied Network Systems at Fresno City College in California; completed Certificate degree in 2007


"Motivation Without Peers...
I was surprised studying online took more effort and willpower than studying at a an actual campus. It was hard to motivate yourself without others to help motivate you being physically present." (Network Engineer; 2014)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in Tennessee, male
School: Studied Network And Communications Management at DeVry in Tennessee; completed Associate degree in 2010


"More Thorough Than I Thought...
I was surprised at how much I really learned. Because you can stop and start the course material at will you can go over concepts or ideas that are difficult, something you can't do in a traditional classroom." (system administrator; 2013)

Career: 5 years of experience, currently based in California, female
School: Studied Computer Science at University Of Phoenix in California; completed Bachelor degree in 2006


"Learning While Working In The Field...
I learned that I knew a lot more in the field then what college actually trained me. There were a lot of theory based classes also that really didn't help in my day to day operations. I still did like the program although!" (Network Administrator; 2013)

Career: 10 years of experience, currently based in South Dakota, male
School: Studied Information Networking And Telecommunications at Fort Hays State University in Kansas; completed Bachelor degree in 2012


"Lack Of Instruction...
The lack of help from the teacher. I could ask a question, as with all my classmates, and never get an answer from the teacher, but would get help from the students. Also, it didn't matter if the answers were right when we turned in assignments, just that we turned them in. We relied on the other students for us to learn, as the teacher only cared about herself." (Network Administrator; 2014)

Career: 6 years of experience, currently based in Texas, male
School: Studied Computer Science at Bellevue University in Nebraska; completed Bachelor degree in 2011


"Instructors Really Care About Your Success...
I was surprised by the instructors commitment to their students. There were several times that I was contacted directly to help me understand the lesson. I was expecting much less from an online class." (Information technology; 2014)

Career: 11 years of experience, currently based in New York, male
School: Studied Information Technology at Excelsior in New York in 2012


"Friendly Flexibility With Questions Answered On Demand...
The flexibility of the online program was very surprising to me, the teachers were willing to work with my schedule if I needed more time on an assignment. The second surprising thing was how the teachers were available to me, almost 24/7 via email or with office hours that they allowed you to call and talk to them if I had any issues or questions." (Network Admin; 2014)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in Illinois, male
School: Studied Network Engineering at Westwood College Online in Colorado; completed Associate degree in 2010


"Excellent Job By My Professors At Presenting The Curriculum In Fun And Interesting Ways...
I was surprised at how good of job my professors taught the curriculum. I was able to learn everything I needed without having to physically be on a campus or in a classroom. The professors were always available when I needed them for assistance." (Network Administrator; 2013)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in West Virginia, male
School: Studied Information Technology at Mountain State University in West Virginia; completed Bachelor degree in 2012


"Excellent Instructor-Student Interaction...
As a Computer Science major, with a concentration in Information Technology, I was surprised by the amount of personal support that was provide by American Public University (APU) both in the form of interactive online and email communications and most importantly instructor office hours by phone. During my course of studies over the past two years all but one of my professors held office hours by phone. Most of them had at least four hours of office availability weekly. In addition follow-up to departmental inquires were typically answered within a 24-hour window." (Network Analyst; 2014)

Career: 12 years of experience, currently based in Iowa, male
School: Studied Computer Science (Information Technology) at American Public University in West Virginia; completed Bachelor degree in 2011


"Easier Than I Thought...
I was surprised at how simple and easy it would be. You are so used to having a physical teacher, I felt like doing it on my own would be very difficult. But the online classes taught and gave information in an easy to learn way. There was also a variety of ways to get help with your work, whether it be from "classmates" or the teacher. It was also great to be able to work on my own time and not waste time commuting." (Network Admin; 2013)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in California, male
School: Studied Computer Science at Colorado Tech in Colorado; completed Bachelor degree in 2011


"Degree Is Worth It...
I was surprised the degree I received allowed me to get this great job. It allowed me to work in the industry I've always wanted to work in." (Network Admin; 2014)

Career: 5 years of experience, currently based in California, male
School: Studied IT at University Of Phoenix in California; completed Associate degree in 2009

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Best School Tips


"Teamwork...
Make friends with your classmates, they are the ones who are going to get you through the course. Don't turn in papers late, they are counted off if late, but not if incorrect." (Network Administrator; 2014)


"Stay Proactive And Stay Focused...
Always stay proactive. There isn't an instructor to remind you everyday to finish your work on time. Always stay active and force yourself to keep at it. Don't slack off." (Network Admin; 2014)


"Remember To Read As Well As Pay Attention During The Lectures, The Books Are Where The Finer Details Are Hidden...
Take the time to not only pay attention to the online lectures but also do the reading. The reading really filled in the gaps and got into the nitty gritty of the networking world." (Network Administrator; 2013)


"Never Slack Off...
Don't assume just because it's an online class you can slack off. The work is just the same as any other college." (Network Engineer; 2013)


"Master How The Online System Works...
Familiarize yourself with the schools online interface. You can save a ton of time if you know how to navigate the courses layout." (Network Administrator; 2013)


"Make Sure You Do Your Homework On Instructors...
Email instructors about how the curriculum is and what is expected of you." (network admin; 2014)


"Make A Study Schedule...
Make sure you schedule a time to work on school everyday, even if its just a quick review of whatever you are learning." (system administrator; 2013)


"Keep At It Everyday...
Make sure to spend time everyday working on your online classes. Just because you do not have to physically attend does not mean you have to be irresponsible." (Network Admin; 2013)


"Invest In A Quality Laptop Computer...
As a Computer Science major your first investment should be in a high quality, work-station grade laptop and be sure to register for Microsoft's DreamSpark program (if provides you with access to thousands of dollar of software free!)" (Network Analyst; 2014)


"Go For The Gold...
Don't hesitate from joining this program it is definitely worth getting if you are interested in an IT job." (Network Administrator; 2013)


"Get To Know Everyone...
Do not be afraid to contact and talk with your teachers or even other students online. They can help you on assignments and group work in case you need it." (Network Admin; 2014)


"Don't Waste Time...
Studying online does require a lot of discipline because you do not necessarily have anyone looking over your shoulder telling you to do your work. If you want to succeed in online courses, make sure to do your work promptly. Do not put it off because you have more freedom of time." (Network Administrator; 2013)


"Don't Let Others Dictate How Well You Do In Class...
You'll find that many members of the class are not as committed to their education as you are. This was particularly obvious when it came to group exercises. Many times I felt I was the only one doing any meaningful work." (Information technology; 2014)


"Communications And Familiarity...
Get intimately familiar with the online systems for submitting work and communicating with teachers. Being able to communicate when things go wrong is just as important as doing well when things go right." (Network Engineer; 2014)