CCNA Dilemma | What would you do?
Well, I'm not too happy about yesterday's news Cisco is changing the format of their CCNA exam, but I guess timing is everything, and I just kind of messed up time-wise. I passed the Network+ last Monday on my first attempt after spending five months studying for it. I spent eight months studying for the A+ certification but also passed it on the first attempt. I have a lot going on working in pre-sales engineering for one of the largest semiconductor organizations in the world. Also, I'm a part-time Master of Systems Engineering student at one of the local colleges. I did finish my MBA in the spring which was nice.
I've got a lot on my plate at the moment but was thinking of starting part one of the CCNA journey this week before the news broke, that is complete the CCENT then take the second and final test after that. Given February is eight months away, I'm not sure now pressure wise I wouldn't be better off waiting for the new exam. I am hesitant to put all the work in (as I'm sure many of you here know exactly what I'm talking about), and then whatever reason I can't get the test completed before February 2020, and the test and my subsequent studies are pulled out from underneath me. I'm looking to take this exam as part of a change of career plans (which in and of itself is a completely separate discussion).
I guess in writing this post I'm just looking for some guidance from those of you who've completed the CCNA exam and what you would do if you were in my shoes. I also wish Cisco would go ahead and release the new exam now AND give others the option of taking the old exam until February, that way some of these video resource and test preparation companies can put together accurate study materials for those of us wanting to get the test over with sooner rather than later.
Thanks for reading and any advice you give.
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I suspect the new exam is going to be a good bit of adjustment for all the focus who have to renew their certifications in the next couple of years. I think the way they are going now though is better, having a broad approach rather than specialization at the Associate level.
If you do decide to go for it, I wish you luck!
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