Book experience vs Real World experience
Getting close to wrapping up my CCNP I have noticed how people treat you different. Its mostly from some Engineers who have been in the industry for awhile and do not have any certs but real world experience. I feel like they look down on new Engineers who are doing certs to gain the knowledge that they would have no other way of gaining. Just because you passed an exam doesn't mean that you are now Mr. Know it all and can out dual a well seasoned Engineer who has been there done that. I had an engineer throw a scenario at me about a BGP RIB failure issue that he claims that any CCNP should know. I would hate to see what its like to be an CCIE and you don't know something, you would get flamed forever. If I didn't study Route, I would have no exposure to BGP at all other then my lab experience. We just had a Sr. TAC engineer fail his CCNA and claims the only people who pass these exams have to **** cause of the way Cisco sets up their exams. He took it at a well respected boot camp and said they did a great job of giving you the on the "job training" but not the training to pass the exam. He is very good on Cisco equipment but didn't know how to take the Cisco exam and was overwhelmed and failed it. I know the experience only comes with time but I beleave being certified will accelerate your learning curve. Just wonder how you guys and girls handle people who question your authenticity of having a professional level cert or higher?
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