CCNA is your entry level for training in Cisco. This allows you to deal with the maintenance and installation of switches and routers. Fundamentally, the internet is based upon huge numbers of routers, and big organisations who have different locations need them to keep their networks in touch.
Jobs that need this qualification mean it’s likely you’ll end up working for national or international corporations that are spread out geographically but still need contact. Or, you may move on to working for an internet service provider. Both types of jobs command good salaries.
The CCNA qualification is the right level to aim for; at this stage avoid being tempted to do the CCNP. Once you’ve worked for a few years, you will have a feel for if this level is required. Should that be the case, you will have developed the skills you need to tackle the CCNP – because it’s far from a walk in the park – and ought not to be underestimated.
Does job security really exist anymore? Here in the UK, with businesses changing their mind whenever it suits, there doesn’t seem much chance.
Where there are growing skills shortages mixed with increasing demand however, we almost always find a newer brand of market-security; where, fuelled by a continual growth, employers find it hard to locate enough staff.
Taking a look at the Information Technology (IT) market, the 2006 e-Skills study showed a twenty six percent shortage in trained professionals. Meaning that for every 4 jobs available across computing, we have only 3 certified professionals to do them.
This one fact on its own shows why the country needs so many more trainees to enter the IT sector.
In reality, gaining new qualifications in IT throughout the next few years is probably the finest career direction you could choose.
Talk to almost any practiced advisor and they’ll regale you with many awful tales of students who’ve been conned by dodgy salespeople. Stick to a skilled professional who asks some in-depth questions to find out what’s right for you – not for their wallet! It’s very important to locate the right starting point of study for you.
If you’ve got any work-based experience or some accreditation, your starting-point of learning is not the same as someone new to the industry.
Opening with a user skills module first is often the best way to start into your computer studies, but depends on your skill level.
Many trainers provide a bunch of books and manuals. Obviously, this isn’t much fun and not ideal for achieving retention.
Studies have constantly demonstrated that getting into our studies physically, is proven to produce longer-lasting and deeper memory retention.
Top of the range study programs now offer easy-to-use DVD or CD ROM’s. By watching and listening to instructors on video tutorials you’ll learn your subject through the demonstrations and explanations. Knowledge can then be tested by using practice-lab’s.
You really need to look at courseware examples from any company that you may want to train through. You’ll want to see that they include video, demonstrations and various interactive elements.
Avoid training that is purely online. You want physical CD/DVD ROM course materials where obtainable, as you need to be able to use them whenever it’s convenient for you – and not be totally reliant on your broadband being ‘up’ 100 percent of the time.
Many people are under the impression that the state educational route is the right way even now. So why then are qualifications from the commercial sector becoming more in demand?
Vendor-based training (as it’s known in the industry) is far more effective and specialised. The IT sector is aware that a specialist skill-set is what’s needed to handle a technically advancing marketplace. Microsoft, CompTIA, CISCO and Adobe are the key players in this arena.
Essentially, only that which is required is learned. Actually, it’s not quite as pared down as that, but principally the objective has to be to cover the precise skills needed (along with a certain amount of crucial background) – without going into too much detail in all sorts of other things – in the way that academic establishments often do.
It’s rather like the advert: ‘It does what it says on the tin’. All an employer has to do is know what areas need to be serviced, and then advertise for someone with the specific certification. That way they can be sure they’re interviewing applicants who can do the job.