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Training In Cisco Networks – Insights

By Jason Kendall

Should you be interested in training in Cisco, a CCNA is in all probability what you’ll need. The Cisco training is intended for individuals who need to know all about routers and network switches. Routers are what connect computer networks to other computer networks via the internet or dedicated lines.

As routers are connected to networks, it’s important to understand how networks function, or you will be out of your depth with the program and be unable to follow the work. Find training that covers networking fundamentals (such as CompTIA) before you get going on CCNA.

Qualifying up to the CCNA level is where you should be aiming; at this stage avoid being tempted to do the CCNP. Once you’ve worked for a few years, you’ll know whether CCNP is something you want to do. Should that be the case, your experience will serve as the background you need for the CCNP – which is quite a hard qualification to acquire – and shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Many people question why traditional degrees are being replaced by more commercial certificates?

Key company training (to use industry-speak) is far more effective and specialised. The IT sector has realised that this level of specialised understanding is essential to cope with an increasingly more technical commercial environment. Microsoft, CompTIA, CISCO and Adobe are the dominant players.

This is done through honing in on the skill-sets required (alongside a proportionate degree of associated knowledge,) rather than trawling through all the background ‘padding’ that computer Science Degrees can often find themselves doing – to pad out the syllabus.

When it comes down to the nitty-gritty: Commercial IT certifications let employers know exactly what you’re capable of – the title says it all: i.e. I am a ‘Microsoft Certified Professional’ in ‘Planning and Maintaining a Windows 2003 Infrastructure’. Therefore employers can identify just what their needs are and which qualifications are required to fulfil that.

Some training providers will provide a useful Job Placement Assistance facility, to help you into your first commercial role. At the end of the day it’s not as hard as some people make out to land your first job – assuming you’re well trained and qualified; employers in this country need your skills.

Help with your CV and interview techniques is sometimes offered (alternatively, check out one of our sites for help). It’s essential that you update that dusty old CV today – don’t leave it till you pass the exams!

It’s not uncommon to find that junior support jobs have been bagged by trainees who are still learning and have still to get qualified. This will at the very least get you into the ‘maybe’ pile of CV’s – rather than the ‘No’ pile.

The top companies to help get you placed are generally specialised and independent recruitment consultants. As they’re keen to place you to receive their commission, they’ll work that much harder to get a result.

Please make sure you don’t put hundreds of hours of effort into your studies, only to stop and leave it up to everyone else to sort out your employment. Take responsibility for yourself and make your own enquiries. Invest as much time and energy into getting your first job as it took to get qualified.

At times individuals don’t really get what information technology means. It is thrilling, changing, and means you’re a part of the huge progress of technology affecting everyones lives in the 21st century.

We’re barely starting to understand how all this will mould and change our lives. How we interrelate with the rest of the world will be profoundly affected by technology and the web.

Wages in the IT sector aren’t to be ignored also – the income on average over this country as a whole for the usual person working in IT is a lot more than in the rest of the economy. It’s likely that you’ll receive a whole lot more than you’d typically expect to bring in elsewhere.

Demand for appropriately qualified IT professionals is assured for a good while yet, because of the substantial increase in IT dependency in commerce and the massive deficiency that we still have.

You have to be sure that all your accreditations are current and what employers are looking for – don’t bother with studies which lead to some in-house certificate (which is as useless as if you’d printed it yourself).

From an employer’s perspective, only the big-boys such as Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco or CompTIA (as an example) will get you into the interview seat. Anything less won’t make the grade.

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