Should you be aspiring to become Cisco accredited, but you haven’t worked with routers or network switches, it’s likely you’ll need the Cisco CCNA qualification. This will provide you with knowledge and skills to work with routers. The internet is constructed from huge numbers of routers, and big organisations with various different locations also need routers to connect their computer networks.
Getting this qualification will most likely see you working for national or international companies that have multiple departments and sites, but still need contact. The other possibility is working for an internet service provider. This specialised skill set is highly paid.
You should get a bespoke training program that takes you on a progressive path to make sure you’ve got the appropriate skills and knowledge prior to embarking on the Cisco skills.
How the program is actually delivered to you can often be overlooked. How is the courseware broken down? And in what sequence and what control do you have at what pace it arrives?
Typically, you will join a program staged over 2 or 3 years and get sent one module each time you pass an exam. This may seem sensible until you think about these factors:
What if you don’t finish all the sections or exams? Maybe the prescribed order won’t suit you? Without any fault on your part, you may go a little slower and consequently not get all your materials.
In an ideal situation, you’d ask for every single material to be delivered immediately – enabling you to have them all to return to any point – as and when you want. Variations can then be made to the order that you complete your exams if another more intuitive route presents itself.
Qualifications from the commercial sector are now, very visibly, beginning to replace the more academic tracks into the IT industry – but why is this?
The IT sector now acknowledges that to cover the necessary commercial skill-sets, certified accreditation supplied for example by Microsoft, CompTIA, CISCO and Adobe most often has much more specialised relevance – for considerably less.
Academic courses, as a example, often get bogged down in vast amounts of background study – and much too wide a syllabus. This holds a student back from learning the core essentials in sufficient depth.
If an employer knows what work they need doing, then all it takes is an advert for a person with the appropriate exam numbers. The syllabuses are set to meet an exact requirement and don’t change between schools (as academic syllabuses often do).
The market provides a myriad of job availability in computing. Deciding which one could be right for you often proves challenging.
Flicking through a list of IT job-titles is just a waste of time. The majority of us don’t really appreciate what the neighbours do for a living – let alone understand the ins and outs of a particular IT career.
Usually, the way to come at this quandary correctly flows from an in-depth talk over some important points:
* Your individual personality as well as your interests – what kind of work-related things you like and dislike.
* Why you’re looking at getting involved with the IT industry – maybe you want to triumph over a long-held goal such as being self-employed for instance.
* What salary and timescale needs you have?
* Learning what typical work roles and markets are – plus how they’re different to each other.
* You should also think long and hard about the level of commitment you’re going to invest in the accreditation program.
In all honesty, your only option to seek advice on these areas is via a conversation with an advisor who understands computing (and specifically the commercial needs and requirements.)
One interesting way that training providers make a lot more is via an ‘exam inclusive’ package and offering an exam guarantee. It looks impressive, but is it really:
We all know that we’re still being charged for it – it’s obviously already in the gross price invoiced by the training provider. Certainly, it’s not a freebie – and it’s insulting that we’re supposed to think it is!
If it’s important to you to pass first time, evidence suggests you must pay for each exam as you go, give it the necessary attention and give the task sufficient application.
Isn’t it outrageous to have to pay a training college in advance for exams? Find the best deal you can when you’re ready, instead of paying any mark-up – and take it closer to home – rather than possibly hours away from your area.
Is there a good reason to pay interest on a bigger loan than is necessary because you’ve paid early for examination fees when you don’t need to? Big margins are made by companies charging all their exam fees up-front – and then hoping that you won’t take them all.
In addition to this, you should consider what an ‘exam guarantee’ really means. Many training companies won’t be prepared to pay again for an exam until you have demonstrated conclusively that you won’t fail again.
Prometric and VUE exams are in the region of 112 pounds in the United Kingdom today. Why pay exorbitant ‘Exam Guarantee’ costs (usually wrapped up in the course package price) – when the best course materials, the right level of support and consistent and systematic learning, coupled with quality exam simulation software is what will really see you through.
(C) 2010 – S. Edwards. Look at MCSE Training or www.CareerRetrainingCourses.co.uk/kcareco.html.