A few weeks ago you wrote a bit about breaking into networking and IT security with Cisco certs. Two comments on that:I knew a lot of Cisco SEs, and all of them were smart dudes. So you know about Eseell.
1) Last week I accepted a job offer from Cisco to become a pre-sales systems engineer for service providers and data centers in the Southwest US. At least a small part was due to your voice being one of dozens of current and former Cisco employees I've spoken to about working there, none of whom said that it wasn't a good company to work for.2) Several managers I interviewed with were quite vocal about the fact that my CCIEs and CCDE were more valuable credentials to them than any college degree could be, so you were definitely spot on about that.
Second, look at his point number 2, confirming what I've been saying - you don't need to study this at a University. The certifications that people care about don't come on a sheepskin. There's a huge demand for these skill sets, and you can learn this yourself for very little money. There are even some really good free education sites on the 'net.