Expand this a little further and just make an overall [H] study group. Not just limited to cisco things but anything in enterprise level technologyI'm not studying Cisco right now, I'm doing N+ and MCP, but it would be really cool if this could be a regular thing. Call it [H] Study perhaps.
I'm liking this idea. ^^I think a sub-forum would be great to consolidate education talk from the regular N&S talk and it's users. Stickies could be made for Cert FAQs and maybe resume and job search talk.
+2 on this, a sub forum would be great. I am playing with all different sorts of Microsoft apps that I would like to get my certs on, and having something like this and working with others would really keep me going on my goal since I have ADD with studying.I'm liking this idea. ^^
That aside, a general study group sounds pretty good. I'm currently aiming for MCITP as well, following up with the SharePoint exam.
FYI, buying your own equipment is ADDICTING!I just started taking a CCNA Exploration I course at a Cisco Networking Academy. Pretty common knowledge stuff so far, Packet Tracer is a pretty neat tool but I also have access to two other methods of doing the labs (using the school's lab; in person or remotely, I was amazed you can reserve a time slot and remotely turn on all their equipment and do the labs from home.) I'll probably do the labs through emulation anyways but I was told I can buy my own equipment for the course for about 100 bucks which is really tempting.
I'd suggest one of the two below:For the CCNA, where would we start? Considering all of us are prob at different sections, start from the start so its a refresher for some and new for others? Same goes for the other certs as well.
I was a little depressed as well. But there seems to be a HUGE divide in the quality of people entering the field. You'll see there is still plenty of room.heh kinda depressed now, seems like a lot of people getting into networking.
It's interesting that you mention this because I've seen a similar trend throughout most certification/educational endeavours.I was a little depressed as well. But there seems to be a HUGE divide in the quality of people entering the field. You'll see there is still plenty of room.
Just to give you an idea, I took formal ccna classes. If anything these classes taught me how to study for cert tests. We started out with 38 people, and by the time the last class came around, 9 people were left, 4 of which actually got their CCNA. Of those 4, I'd say only two of us could land and keep a job. That was two years ago, and I have kept in touch. The people that didn't get their CCNA then still don't have it. And of the people that did get it, 3 of us have jobs related to networking.
The CCNP classes I took seemed to have slightly better odd's but only 9 people were in it, 4 of which I knew from the ccna classes. And I only know of one of us that actually got the CCNP. I was pulled away to other work and school work, one of these days I'll study up and jump in, but a refresher in CCNA stuff would get me off to a running start again.
Maybe we should ask marley1 - I would say we might want to keep the certs under Networking & Security so the forum does not get too flooded with other certs not pertaining to what we have (and our field has a lllllllllllllllloooot lol).Should we ask Kyle or the mod of this forum?
it could be a Cert forum in general?
Yes there are...but also many of them don't know what they're doing. Reading a book and taking a test doesn't come close to real world experience. I have an MBA in Management and lots of self-taught IT/computer experience and I beat out multiple CCNA's for a position just because of the environments I've been in and could prove I knew what I was doing. Real world experience is a must in this field and the more you have, the more you're likely to get a job over someone else. Practicing and doing the labs will help you out a great dealheh kinda depressed now, seems like a lot of people getting into networking.
Which of the three did you do today?Agree with most others here. It is all about passion. Working in it and continuing with it are key. Yes, there are boring days but most of the problems are fun to work out. Figuring out that "Ah-ha!" moment is priceless and is almost like a high.
I want MOAR. Anyway, off to sit my MCITP:SA exam, wish me luck.