I also had the same feeling while doing my college . CCNA is a better option but it's not that easy as you think . My tips for your friends certification is that , suggest him to learn CCNA from packet level . How packets gets transferred , how stuffs work etc . You can easily get CCNA certified with in no matter of time but Networking Stuff is important . All here I mention is out of my own experience by seeing many of my friends .. Try to learn from basics , your friend will definitely have a good career in the field of n/w'ing..