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Pixellany didn't mean that he WILL talk to prospective employers in my opinion, he advices you to do so. In other words talk to people you know in the field or go to companies you would like to work for and ask them what they are looking for.
Advice on a which career path you should choose is not something we can really give. Some of it depends on your abilities, as well as your interests.
However, in case it is not clear, I can give a little more info on the difference between career paths based on the two certifications you mentioned.
RHCE, or Red Hat Certified Engineer, is geared more towards the system administrator. A person taking this route will have some networking knowledge, but will concentrate more on system development, planning for computer systems to fit the needs of the company/client, and general system knowledge. Often they will deal with what software is running on each server, and how many servers of what size are needed.
CCNA, or Cisco Certified Network Associate, is geared more toward the network administrator. A person taking this route will generally have some Linux and system knowledge, but will concentrate on network development, routers, switches, firewalls, segmentation, and making sure that the network can handle all the systems that the System Administrator will try to put on the network. Often they will deal with how does information get from one server to another, and how to prevent information from getting into the wrong hands.
Large companies will have dedicated staff for each type of administrator, while small companies will want the system administrator to be a network administrator as well.
I hope this helps you make the choice of what career path you would like.