Should you be interested in training in Cisco, then a CCNA is most probably what you’re looking for. Training in Cisco is the way to go for those who need to know all about routers and network switches. Routers hook up networks of computers to another collection of computer networks over dedicated lines or the internet.
Jobs that use this qualification mean you’ll be more likely to work for national or international corporations that are spread out geographically but still want internal communication. Or, you may move on to being employed by an internet service provider. These jobs are well paid and in demand.
Getting your Cisco CCNA is more than adequate; don’t be cajoled into attempting your CCNP. After gaining experience in the working environment, you’ll know if it’s relevant for you to have this next level up. Should that be the case, your experience will serve as the background you need for the CCNP – because it’s far from a walk in the park – and shouldn’t be looked upon as otherwise.
Searching for your first position in IT sometimes feels easier to handle with a Job Placement Assistance service. It can happen though that there is more emphasis than is necessary on this service, because it’s relatively easy for well qualified and focused men and women to secure work in the IT environment – as employers are keen to find appropriately qualified personnel.
Update your CV at the beginning of your training though (advice can be sought on this via your provider). Don’t wait until you’ve qualified.
You might not even have got to the exam time when you will get your initial junior support job; yet this isn’t going to happen unless your CV is with employers.
Most often, a local IT focused recruitment consultancy (who will, of course, be keen to place you to receive their commission) is going to give you a better service than a division of a training company. It also stands to reason that they’ll know the local area and commercial needs.
Not inconsiderable numbers of trainees, apparently, are prepared to study their hearts out (sometimes for years), only to do nothing special when trying to get a good job. Introduce yourself… Do your best to get in front of employers. Don’t expect a job to just fall into your lap.
Many people question why traditional academic studies are being overtaken by more commercial qualifications?
Industry is now aware that to cover the necessary commercial skill-sets, certified accreditation supplied for example by CISCO, Adobe, Microsoft and CompTIA is closer to the mark commercially – saving time and money.
Of course, a necessary amount of closely linked information must be covered, but core specifics in the exact job role gives a commercially trained student a huge edge.
It’s rather like the advert: ‘It does what it says on the label’. The company just needs to know where they have gaps, and then request applicants with the correct exam numbers. They’ll know then that all applicants can do what they need.
It’s essential to have an authorised exam preparation system as part of your course package.
Some students can get thrown by going through practice questions that aren’t recognised by the authorised examining boards. Often, the way questions are phrased is startlingly different and it’s important to prepare yourself for this.
A way to build self-confidence is if you analyse your knowledge through quizzes and practice in simulated exam environments to get you ready for the proper exam.
Ask a professional advisor and they can normally tell you many worrying experiences of how students have been duped by salespeople. Ensure you only ever work with an experienced advisor who asks lots of questions to uncover the best thing for you – not for their bank-account! You need to find the right starting point of study for you.
With a little work-based experience or base qualifications, it may be that your starting point of study is now at a different level to a new student.
Starting with a user skills module first can be the best way to commence your IT training, depending on your current skill level.