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New to the forum and looking for advice /:-)

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Cloud-M, Mar 18, 2008.

  1. Cloud-M

    Cloud-M New Member

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    Hi,

    I'm new to the forum and looking for advice as I want to take a CCENT and CCNA in the next 2 months (well that's my goal):eek:

    I was wondering if anyone can suggest the best books to buy to complete it with regards to the new exams that have been introduced.

    I'm funding this myself to improve my employment prospects (you may have guessed I'm not working at the mo), and cannot afford to go on those courses or distance learning. I've got enough cash for a few books and the cost of the exams and most importantly 6 weeks or so to devote soley to completing it as well as the local library. Is this a realistic time scale or is it wishful thinking?

    I know there's the books from Cisco Press but there are so many and I cannot buy them all. I remember someone saying Sybex produced some good ones. What I'm looking for is one or two weighty books that willl have all the info I need to be ready to take the exam and perhaps some CBT CD's/DVD's etc.

    I'm sure there's a few people studying it at the moment or those who have recently completed the course and I would really appreciate some advice. Please bear in mind I'm on a shoe string budget and can't buy lots of books, dvd's or equipment to practice on.

    Thanks,
    M
     
  2. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    How much real-world IT experience do you have, and what other certifications have you achieved?
     
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  3. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Hi and welcome to CF!

    Harry.
     
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  4. nugget
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    Hi and welcome to the forum. :biggrin
     
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  5. rax

    rax Megabyte Poster

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    Welcome :)
     
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  6. Notes_Bloke

    Notes_Bloke Terabyte Poster

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    Hi and welcome to CF:D

    NB
     
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  7. greenbrucelee
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    Hi Welcome :)

    As BM asked do you have any IT related experience?

    CCNA wont improve your employment prospects if you have no experience in networking with cisco equipment it will probably damage your employment prospects.
     
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  8. AvD

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    Welcome to CF!! Enjoy your stay.
     
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  9. wagnerk
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    Hi & welcome to CF :)

    -Ken
     
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  10. Cloud-M

    Cloud-M New Member

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    I have been to Uni and done a 1year placement in an IT dept. at a Bank. I had to take some time out due to ill health so looking get qualified in Networking to improve my prospects.

    M

    p.s. Thanks for the warm welcome everyone I'm sure I'll be a regular here.:biggrin
     
  11. wizard

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    Hi there and welcome 8)
     
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  12. BosonMichael
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    What did you do during your one-year placement?

    Not trying to give you the Inquisition... I say this only because the CCENT and CCNA are generally for people who are starting to administer networks (not just working in IT, but actually working with the network infrastructure). If you've never touched a Cisco router, getting certified is not likely going to improve your employment opportunities.

    I asked before, but you didn't answer: do you have any other certifications? If not, you might want to consider the A+, Network+, and MCDST.
     
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
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  13. sunn

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    The IT placement might help, but it might be better to get into an entry-level IT role. Getting yourself into the game will make it easier to understand and work towards a networking job.

    Welcome to the forum...
     
  14. Cloud-M

    Cloud-M New Member

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    I haven't any certificates... I spent one year in network design so not very practical oriented. My intentions are to work my way towards the Cisco Design qualifications but I would like to have a good grounding in the actual technology used for my own benefit and hopefully it will help me in my future career.
     

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