Choosing a VoIP or UC course of study

Both unified communications (UC) and VoIP will be relevant in years to come.

I am a college student and have been reading a lot about the UC hype. Does this mean I should concentrate my studies on UC rather than VoIP? I want to make sure my knowledge is still relevant in the market in 4 years.
Unified Communications involves more than VoIP, to be sure, but you will quickly realize that you need broad and deep knowledge of VoIP, whether it's a subject area unto itself, or a component of a broader UC curriculum. Neither UC nor VoIP is likely to "dry up and blow away" in the next four years, so I would advise you to follow whichever direction most engages your enthusiasm and your interest. That said, I don't think you will be making a mistake in choosing either of these two possible areas of concentration. Good luck with your studies, and with your upcoming career development and experiences.
This was first published in May 2008

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