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I'm looking into doing a CCNA course but will it actually help me in future employment? ...
18th September 2013, 11:54 AM #1
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CCNA - Is it worth it?
Hi Boys and Girls..
I'm looking into doing a CCNA course but will it actually help me in future employment? I know its a well known qualification but i don't want to be wasting money on a course that wont help me later in life.
Anyone got any experiences or even advise me on a better course for the same price?
Iv found a place in my local area that are doing it for £900 on evenings till July.
Any advice would be great.
18th September 2013, 12:00 PM #2
It's a gr8 foundation for any networking job, most of the course is theory on general networking.
But what is your career intentions?
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GTX (18th September 2013)
18th September 2013, 12:04 PM #3
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Thanks for the reply.
I'm mainly a build it and install it kinda tech. I use to work at a Uni as first line support but sadly my contract ended. Now I'm doing IT in a whole for a mid sized local company. Id love to get back into IT tech in a school or college but my quals are letting me down. I dont want to focus on Networking but i think it will get my foot in the door for a educational job.
18th September 2013, 12:05 PM #4
Totally agree with twin-turbo. Great foundation for pretty much any IT role, I think it would definately help your career prospects.
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GTX (18th September 2013)
19th September 2013, 12:52 PM #5
Yeah I'm doing one now, though very recently put on hold to get a foundation Linux qualification.
You learn tons and it's very interesting really! Lots of 'penny drop' moments where you go "oh that's how that works!"
19th September 2013, 01:02 PM #6
If you are interested, I recommend Chris Bryant's training videos along with Cisco Packet Tracer to produce the labs!!
19th September 2013, 01:18 PM #7
Ebay for old equipment
Originally Posted by RobD
20th September 2013, 10:19 PM #8
I did CCNA, had a full racks worth of kit in the loft to practice physically on. Its a great foundation for learning networking, and how to manage/build networks. I'd also do Microsoft aswell if you get the chance.
20th September 2013, 10:48 PM #9
As said its a good foundation. But the biggest plus is the knowledge lasts a long time. I did mine 7 years ago, and at the time the course was very old (ATM, frame relay, ISDN etc), yet the vast majority of what I learnt is very much relevant now, and will be into the next decade at least. Compare that to a MS for example and I can't see server 2000 knowledge being massively useful now.
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21st September 2013, 01:37 PM #10
yes definitely do it. I'd employ someone with this qualification and a passion for networking over someone with just a degree any day.
Originally Posted by GTX
22nd September 2013, 11:46 AM #11
Grab the testout training at educational discount and do it, if you don't fancy it much then complete the course and don't worry about the exam.
23rd September 2013, 09:05 AM #12
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If you are buying anything on ebay, books, equipment etc do check its applicable to the new/current CCNA course (200-120 or split 100-101/200-101 exams) as it changed quite significantly in June/July and the last opportunity to qualify for the old/current (640-802 or split 640-822/640-816) is the end of this month.
I found the course incl end of book exams to be quite easy (averaging 90-95% per book/module, but the final exam to be very tough - waiting 4 weeks for the exam voucher to come through and not studying during this time was, for me, a mistake. I am glad that I took the course and took the exam and has helped me a great deal especially when it comes to understanding wireshark captures, subnetting, layer 2 vs layer 3 etc.
26th September 2013, 05:33 PM #13
Passed it today!! Wooo!!! Just nipped in there while it was still the 640-802. Would fully recommend doing the course and getting the qualification as it has been very helpful with work. As @itwasntme says above though, the final exam was a lot harder than the module ones
26th September 2013, 05:36 PM #14
Awesome well done! Want a job? I need a new network / support engineer and we are in Leeds!
26th September 2013, 09:38 PM #15
not sure If I will actually bother with the exam.
I have full hands on knowledge with Everything from A 1760 Router to a 4507 and ASA5520 and fixed config Catalyst Switches, and with Communications manager 6.x 7.x including the Voice gateways on 28xx's ..
But to get a job in the field I may need to tick the exam box.
Not that there are any Cisco Jobs round here anyway
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