A year ago I decided to go back and get my degree in information technology since I was basically halfway there. The school I selected was the University of Phoenix. At the time, I wasn't aware of what I was getting myself into. After about a year I decided to research how degrees from this University are viewed, and I was pretty disappointed. That isn't to say that people with degrees from there don't get jobs, but it is usually due to their previous work experience in the I.T. field that lands them the job (from what I read online). Anyways, I am focusing on advanced networking and telecommunications. I want to learn absolutely as much as possible in this field to have some kind of edge (if any) over the people with degrees from your regular brick and mortar colleges. My primary goal is to become a network designer at some point, but I think I will most likely have to work my way up to that kind of job. Here are my questions:
What advice do you guys have who are much more knowledgeable than me in networking?
Are there any "training" type sites that I can practice and learn from?
I just started my first networking class and I realized how difficult it is to take in this much information and understand it all at the same time. I am decently knowledgeable with hardware, semi-knowledgeable with some types of software, and I don't know any programming. Any tips, advice, or information is very highly appreciated. THANK YOU SO MUCH.