Learn a language
Summer can be a good time to learn a new language, but we're not talking about French, Spanish or German. If you’re a networking pro, it just might be time for you to learn a new language like Python. The emergence of software-defined networking has sparked concerns about whether it will put network pros out of work. Why not take the opportunity to future-proof your career by learning some skills outside the traditional networking realm? While there's some debate about whether network pros will need to acquire programming skills in order to adapt to the new SDN paradigm, it certainly can't hurt to get familiar with a tool like Python. "Learning Python" by Mark Lutz is among the Python Software Foundation's recommendations.