kaya as of today I'm torn taking up, between application development or network and system.
but technically i prefer hardware than software etc.
imho, mas stable ang career sa network engg. pare pareho lang naman kasi ang tech kahit iba iba ang vendors.
the way you route a packet in an investment bank is the same way you route a packet in a logistics firm.
pwedeng mahusay ang isa sa isang programming language ngayon kaso ang tanong - up to when ang demand sa skillset.
pwedeng the next few months e merong mas efficient and mas patok na software na gagamitin.
kaya din naman aralin pag may bago pero hindi kaya mas maganda na gamitin ang same amount of time to learn more about a tech that will enable one to become more marketable in the future? ie take ccnp after passing ccna
unlike sa networking, majority of firms use routers and switches specifically cisco.
if they can't afford a cisco box, then for sure they can't afford you and you're better off with another firm.
masyadong malaki ang variance sa programming and apps dev when it comes to demand.
networking field will always have a vacancy. then after mo mag aral ng routing and switching, try to venture out into other fields as well like voice and security.
at the end of the day, it's still up to you since that's your career.
nagbabahagi lang ako ng kuro-kuro based from my own experience.