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    Default Network Engineer- Mostly Switching/VPNs

    So i recently accepted my first jr network engineer position , but the job seems to mostly entail dealing with Switches/Firewall VPNs and not much routing if any at all.. I wanted to know if im hurting myself career wise by not getting hands routing experience at this job. Im still studying for networking certs , but i want to know if in the future should i avoid these type of environments or is the norm for network engineers to mostly deal with switches?
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    Experience is experience.

    I deal with mostly firewalls/switching/vpns as well. They are layer 3 switches which do routing. The actual routers in my environment are provider provided, so I have no access to them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nothimagain View Post
    So i recently accepted my first jr network engineer position , but the job seems to mostly entail dealing with Switches/Firewall VPNs and not much routing if any at all.. I wanted to know if im hurting myself career wise by not getting hands routing experience at this job. Im still studying for networking certs , but i want to know if in the future should i avoid these type of environments or is the norm for network engineers to mostly deal with switches?
    There is no normal. You will eventually need to progress into different tasks, but this is a good opportunity to learn a great deal about L2.
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    Same as me. The only routing we do is statics in our core. Everything else is ISP provided
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    at least your doing IP networking and getting experience.

    I did ISP stuff like SDH/DWDM which nobody uses outside of ISP`s so don`t worry about it experience is experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fadakartel View Post
    at least your doing IP networking and getting experience.

    I did ISP stuff like SDH/DWDM which nobody uses outside of ISP`s so don`t worry about it experience is experience.
    Thanks for all the feed back guys. I was just scared if i ever left this place i'd have a hard time landing another position because of the lack of Layer 3.
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    I'm mostly L2 and firewalling as well. You will learn L3, just at a slower pace. Even if your wan/mpls is managed you will still need to know what routes need to go where and request these changes from your ISP.


    This is good experience, especially the firewall and vpn jobs.
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    ANYTHING you have access to and learn from is GREAT. Relish it.
    Never let your fear decide your fate....
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