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I've been a consultant for more than 5 years. The problem I am having is that I can't seem to make the transition from a low-level desktop/systems engineer to enterprise consultant. I want very much to be the expert in my field but I can't seem to get the opportunity. My company paid for me to get 5 wireless networking certifications, but then never assigned me to a wireless project. The result is I am "paper certified." The same thing happened with my MCSE. I had the same problem at my last company. Currently they have me assigned to a data entry job. Arrggghh!! You would think that consulting would be the best way to learn because you would see many wireless installations in a short time, for example. But it doesn't work that way. I'm starting to think that maybe consulting is not the way to go. How did you become a high-level consultant? How did you become an expert in your field? Can you give me any advice? Thanks for the advice from those who have answered so far. One thing I should clarify is my boss' (and company's) attitude. He knows what I want and he wants me to succeed. He is trying to get me onto a good project. Usually problems like timing and resources hold us back. For example we had a project to install a wireless network throughout a school system. They intended to give a laptop to every student. However it turned out that the person in charge of the bidding process got a payoff and the entire project was canceled. It's stuff like that which makes me think that mayeb consulting is not the best situation. At least if I got hired into a company's wireless team, for example, I would know that day-in and day-out I would have work in my field of expertise. The drawback is I would see far fewer upgrades and migrations.

Asked By: emmittnervend - 6/16/2006
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I wouldn't claim to be a "high level consultant" but I have done consulting for the last 8 years... More
Answered By: macTard - 6/16/2006
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I started off as a Developer. I used to code in PERL, C++, and then JAVA. I became an expert in the field of programming. Then just luck made me a Team Leader because I worked very hard to get to Level 5. I started out as Level 1 then moved up. And then I was basically a Senior Developer. Then with luck, my Manager... More
Answered By: Sean I.T. - 6/16/2006
 
I can't comment within your IT profession, however as I'm a Registered immigration consultant I can tell you the generics how I went about it... More
Answered By: mgi1975 - 6/16/2006
 
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