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Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by adrian, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. adrian

    adrian Nibble Poster

    Lo, I posted here a while ago and found the advice to be quite helpful and now im at teh next stage I need help once more.

    I currently work in 1st line support for a ISP. I already have a comptia A+ N+ and MCP for xp which i got through self study when i was unemployed.

    I really enjoy networking and I think that ill enjoy security aspects of it but im awaire that i need alot more experiance before i can start specialising.

    My company is offering online training on a variety of subjects but im not sure what to go for first. Im not sure whether some of these are infact certs or just general training but here are the options I have:

    TCP/IP - IPv4 first, only look at v6 once rest completed
    (IPv4 and IPv6, assessed by internal written exam)

    Introduction to Telecommunications - TCP/IP Introduction
    - introduction to telecommunication basics – xDSL
    - introduction to telecommunication basics – VoIP

    Comptia A+ and Comptia N+ - all parts

    Comptia Security+

    Comptia Linux+

    Cisco Service Provider - ICND1
    All vLABS in this section

    Cisco Service Provider – ICND2
    All vLABS in this section
    (passing both exams will give you the Cisco CCNA qualification)


    Programming Languages (C, C++, Java, Introduction to programming)
    (assessed by internal practical exam)

    I was going to go through with questions about each but in doing so I answered my question and have decided ill probably go for the cisco ones, however, do you think I should the ICND1 and then stop (its basics isnt it?)

    How much of an undertaking is the ICND1? is it on par with network plus in terms of study etc? will this be something i can do on a purely academic basis or will i need hands on experiance?

    Also from a general skills point of view, which do you think are the best? Should i go for the full CCNA or stop half way and do the telecoms training? or what about programming, I assume knowing C languages is important if ever have to use servfers running unix/linux?
    Certifications: A+ N+
  2. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

    I admire your enthusiasm and determination regarding career progression and learning. I would stick to the plan you've stated and get hands on experience possibly buying a Cisco switch and router for the CCNA level training course.

    You would have to be the one to decide which area of networking your want to specialise in be it telecomms or networks.

    To be honest experience you take you a longer way than just knowing the theory, see if you can get a mentor from you network engineers. Best wishes:)
    Certifications: MCSE: 2003, MCSA: 2003 Messaging, MCP, HNC BIT, ITIL Fdn V3, SDI Fdn, VCP 4 & VCP 5
    WIP: MCTS:70-236, PowerShell

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