Degree or certs? How to get the most/right exposure?
I am a datacenter tech for MSFT. Im in my mid 20’s and have a wife and a kid. live in Europe. I have a high school diploma as my highest education, currently making around 36k. I have previous customer support experience.
My dream is to become a network engineer, I currently have a CCENT and am studying for my CCNA.
I have two questions about this:
1. Would it be better in the long run to still get an online degree from WGU or something like this? In most job posts from more traditional companies everyone asks for a college education. With MSFT I see degree or equivalent work experience everywhere.
I fear on one hand that it might bite me in the ass later to be without one, but on the other hand I fear it might be a waste of time and I can get there without.
2. How can I create allies/mentors within the company when those departments are not even on the same continent? Or create impact to get noticed?
I want to work my ass off to make it happen and can relocate to anywhere in Europe.