CCNA is the way to go for training in Cisco. With it, you’ll learn how to work on maintaining and installing routers. Fundamentally, the internet is based upon huge numbers of routers, and large companies who have different locations utilise them to allow their networks to keep in touch.
Achieving this qualification will mean it’s likely you’ll end up working for national or international companies that are spread out geographically, but still need contact. Other usual roles could be with internet service providers. Either way, you’ll be in demand and can expect a high salary.
Should this be your first introduction to routers, then qualifying up to the CCNA level is definitely sufficient – at this stage avoid being tempted to do the CCNP. When you’ve become more familiar with the work, you will know if this next level is for you.
Adding in the cost of exams upfront and presenting it as a guarantee for your exams is a popular marketing tool with many training course providers. However, let’s consider what’s really going on:
Thankfully, today we’re a little bit more aware of sales ploys – and usually we know that for sure it is something we’re paying for – they’re not just being charitable and doling out freebies! If you want to pass first time, then you should fund each exam as you take it, prioritise it appropriately and be ready for the task.
Find the best exam deal or offer available when you’re ready, and avoid college mark-up fees. You’ll then be able to select where you sit the exam – which means you can stay local. Paying upfront for examination fees (plus interest – if you’re financing your study) is bad financial management. It’s not your job to boost the training company’s account with extra money of yours simply to help their cash-flow! A lot bank on the fact that you will never make it to exams – then they’ll keep the extra money. Many training companies will require you to sit pre-tests and prohibit you from re-taking an exam until you’ve demonstrated an excellent ability to pass – which actually leaves you with no guarantee at all.
Due to typical VUE and Prometric exams in the United Kingdom costing around 112 pounds, by far the best option is to pay for them as you take them. Not to fork out thousands extra in up-front costs. Commitment, effort and practice with quality exam preparation systems are the factors that really get you through.
It’s so important to understand this key point: You have to get round-the-clock 24×7 instructor support. You will have so many problems later if you let this one slide. Locate training schools where you can receive help at any time you choose (even if it’s early hours on Sunday morning!) Ensure you get access directly to professional tutors, and not simply some messaging service that means you’re constantly waiting for a call-back when it’s convenient for them.
Keep looking and you’ll come across the very best companies which offer direct-access online support 24×7 – including evenings, nights and weekends. Find a trainer that offers this level of study support. As only true live 24×7 support gives you the confidence to make it.
The classroom style of learning we remember from school, involving piles of reference textbooks, is usually pretty hard going. If you’re nodding as you read this, check out study materials that are on-screen and interactive. Memory is vastly improved when we use multiple senses – learning experts have been saying this for many years.
Find a course where you’re provided with an array of CD and DVD ROM’s – you’ll learn by watching video tutorials and demonstrations, and be able to use virtual lab’s to practice your new skills. It’s very important to see the type of training provided by any company that you may want to train through. You’ll want to see that they include full motion videos of instructors demonstrating the topic with lab’s to practice the skills in.
Avoiding training that is delivered purely online is generally a good idea. Ideally, you should opt for CD and DVD ROM courseware where possible, so you can use them wherever and whenever you want – you don’t want to be reliant on your internet connection always being ‘up’ and available.
Usually, the everyday student has no idea what way to go about starting in the IT industry, let alone which market is worth considering for retraining. Reading a list of odd-sounding and meaningless job titles is just a waste of time. Most of us don’t even know what our own family members do for a living – so we’re in the dark as to the subtleties of any specific IT role. Deliberation over these different areas is imperative if you want to uncover the right solution that will work for you:
* Personalities play a starring part – what things get your juices flowing, and what are the things that really turn you off.
* What is the time-frame for retraining?
* What priority do you place on job satisfaction vs salary?
* With many, many areas to train for in Information Technology – there’s a need to gain some key facts on what separates them.
* Having a serious look into the effort, commitment and time that you’re going to put into it.
For most of us, getting to the bottom of so much data requires a good chat with a professional who has direct industry experience. And we’re not only talking about the qualifications – you also need to understand the commercial requirements and expectations of the market as well.