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Passed..... But what next....???

Discussion in 'General Cisco Certifications' started by jonny7_2002, Feb 22, 2010.

  1. jonny7_2002

    jonny7_2002 Byte Poster

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    Passed my ICND2 exam last week! Well proud of myself as never really been a good reader (Lazy.... not stupid!). I have decided that i feel priviledged/informed enough to join this site now and start posting rather than just reading posts! :biggrin

    Im not really sure which route i want to go down yet(Security, R&S, Wireless etc) as i dont think what i have learnt so far is enough in each area to determine which area i would prefer.... if that makes sense???

    Becasue of the above i have decided to go and do the following in preperation for the CCNP and then decide to specialise in an area once i have obtained my CCNP....
    CCNA Security
    CCNA Wireless
    CCDA
    CCNA Voice
    Does this make sense and could any one confirm whether this would the correct/'a good way' to approach the certifications?

    Cheers
    Jon
     
    Certifications: CCNA R&S, CCNP R&S, CCDA, CCNA Voice, CCNA Wireless & CCNA Security
    WIP: CCIE V5 (when its out)
  2. danielno8

    danielno8 Gigabyte Poster

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    Congrats on the pass.

    What do you work as at the minute?
     
    Certifications: CCENT, CCNA
    WIP: CCNP
  3. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    That's the question...

    -ken
     
    Certifications: CITP, PGCert, BSc, HNC, LCGI, PTLLS, MCT, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, MCSA:M, MCSA, MCDST, MCP, MTA, MCAS, MOS (Master), A+, N+, S+, ACA, VCA, etc... & 2nd Degree Black Belt
    WIP: PGDip
  4. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    As said above. Voice skills are in demand right now
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV
  5. jonny7_2002

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    Background is Desktop and Server support.... mainly as a contractor.

    Currently working doing Remote Tech Support, covering most technologies..... Avaya Telephony ,Mobile devices, Windows OS(server+ desktop), Hardware, AV, SQL....

    The job covers a huge range of technologies which is good but dont want to become a "jack of all trades; Master of none" so decided to get my cisco exams done... besides my work is paying for the exams at the minute aswell! :)
     
    Certifications: CCNA R&S, CCNP R&S, CCDA, CCNA Voice, CCNA Wireless & CCNA Security
    WIP: CCIE V5 (when its out)
  6. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    Whatever you have experience doing.

    If you're not supporting Cisco devices, then getting way overcertified with Cisco certifications isn't going to automagically change that. The purpose of certification isn't to show an employer what you WANT to be doing... it is to show an employer what you can ALREADY do for them.

    You support Microsoft servers... what Microsoft certifications do you have?
     
    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+
    WIP: Just about everything!
  7. jonny7_2002

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    Forgot to mention :rolleyes:...... i also support networks with non cisco equipment and some with Cisco's
    One of our customers has several 877's (with HSRP @ main site) connecting to an ASA 5505 via VPN's and i have configured an SR520 router (unified ISR) which is soon to be imlemented (which means i will support it as i am the only one with Cisco cert at my work)

    I dont have any Microsoft exams yet as i dont really enjoy it any more! i went down that route years ago as a young contractor trying to make as much money as possible to go out on the town! :dry but got posistions/jobs with my experience instead of qualifications (I know the need for experience over certification very well)

    At the moment my work is dangling the golden carrot saying that they are selling more and more Cisco solutions which i have been advised by the sales director that "they will need someone to Configure, Install & Maintain them, so dont leave to find a networking positions just yet....." My plan is to see what pulls off at work over the next 18-24 months, while still studying for the CCNA Concentration exams and some MCTS exams to compliment them.....

    I am basing my studies on there still being some people in the world that will give others a chance (I know they exists because i was fortunate to meet one once!)

    Cheers
    Jon
     
    Certifications: CCNA R&S, CCNP R&S, CCDA, CCNA Voice, CCNA Wireless & CCNA Security
    WIP: CCIE V5 (when its out)
  8. BosonMichael
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    Then if you have Cisco experience, your path seems like a viable one.
     
    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+
    WIP: Just about everything!

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