Trying to come back from a burn out rut

SpiegelSpiegel FLMember Posts: 314 ■■■■□□□□□□
It has been a while since I've participated in these pages. Just as the title states, I've been in a bit of a burn out rut and depression. Earlier this year I finally achieved my long term goal of getting into the networking field, however, it had been two years since acquiring my CCNA so I have been playing catchup relearning forgotten materials. My current position as a network analyst requires a lot of wireless knowledge which the CCNA didn't go too in-depth so I'm trying to go for the CCNP wireless concentration. As an added bonus, I'm in my final 4 classes to acquire my BS at WGU (after years of working at it) but that has been a struggle as well given my feeling burnt out and depression. Have been working on myself through my personal issues the last 6 months and things are slowly turning around, however, I'm having a problem getting motivated to finish school and certifications. Any tips on how to move past the burn out rut and get back into a study mode? I know getting my degree out of the way will remove some of the burden I've been carrying which is why I want to make changes to continue improving myself.
Degree: WGU B.S. Network Operations and Security [In-Progress]
Current Certs: A+ | N+ | S+ | Cloud Essentials+ | Project+ | MTA: OSF | CIW: SDA | ITIL: F | CCENT | CCNA R&S | CCNA | LPI Linux Essentials
Currently Working On:


2022 Goals:CCNP Enterprise [ ]
Future Certs: CWNA [ ]

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  • UnixGuyUnixGuy Are we having fun yet? Mod Posts: 4,397 Mod
    Welcome back


    Honestly, its a really tough position to be in and I totally understand. I recommend seeking professional help for depression and dont be shy about it, we've had two traumatic years and it doesnt help to have the added stress of certs and college!

    you are right, finishing the WGU classes will releif some of the stress so maybe focus on that first then think about CCNP? you can always learn wireless on the job!


    Take up exercise, walking, healthy eating, and see friends every now and then, it really helps


    keep us posted and feel free to talk to me if you need to (message me)
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  • Neil86Neil86 Member Member Posts: 180 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Welcome back. Congrats on what you have already achieved! Yes, the last 2 years has been quite a test on everyone's mental health. I'm sure once the degree is completed you'll have some more room to breathe and relax. I agree with what others have suggested: exercising/getting outdoors, socializing with friends, staying off social media and the news, whatever you can to focus on you and your mental well-being. I have my routines that work for me and they have helped tremendously over the last 2 years (but, I have had my moments). I am also nearing completion of my WGU degree (same as yours) and can't wait until it is completed. I'm also in FL, here to chat if you'd like. Good luck and keep on pushing, it will be so rewarding when you look back!
  • JDMurrayJDMurray MSIT InfoSec CISSP SSCP GSEC EnCE C|EH Cloud+ CySA+ CASP+ PenTest+ Security+ Surf City, USAAdmin Posts: 12,538 Admin
    Spiegel said:
    Have been working on myself through my personal issues the last 6 months and things are slowly turning around, however, I'm having a problem getting motivated to finish school and certifications. Any tips on how to move past the burn out rut and get back into a study mode?
    You must be honest with yourself in what is causing your depression. You probably know, but can't bring yourself to admit it because the "fix" would require drastic change(s) in your life you don't feel comfortable in making. Only until you do this (root-cause) analysis and accept what the source of the problem is will you be able to determine what to do about it. You'll know what the problems are when you say them aloud and you'll feel the truth. You might even experience an epiphany and discover some things you never realized about yourself.


  • volfkhatvolfkhat Member Posts: 967 ■■■■■■■□□□
    edited January 9
    Spiegel said:
    My current position as a network analyst requires a lot of wireless knowledge which the CCNA didn't go too in-depth so I'm trying to go for the CCNP wireless concentration...

    Don't bother with the certification.

    How about that?
     :D:D

    Seriously,
    If you're having trouble finding motivation to do the cert... then maybe you're just Not into doing it?
     
    Maybe it's your job requiring you to do it.... versus your own desire to do it?

    Or maybe i'm completely wrong here. lol

    On a side note...
    i was once trying to do the wireless thing myself.
    i already had basic experience with AireOS on WLC 5520 platforms.
    i was even able to get my ccna-wireless just before cisco retired it.
    also, i was thinking about doing the CCNP-Enterprise Wireless concentration...
    but then i learned yet-another-reason why Cisco is TRASH.
    lol

    AireOS is dead; Their 8.x version was their swan song.
    Catalyst 9800 is the new replacement. Complete With a New GUI interface; Which i would need to relearn from scratch.
    But from what i could tell... parts of the new CCNP Wireless curriculum... was still based on the OLD AireOS  interface.
    lol

    Total Gar-bage.
    If im gonna go Learn a NEW GUI.... then i'd rather go with Aruba instead lol
    So i quit that pursuit (for now).
    /end side-note


    Did you ever knock out that CWNA?
    If yes, then congrats!
    if No, then why not?  Maybe that's something still worth pursuing instead?


    Nonetheless, i agree with an earlier suggestion.
    Maybe focus on those last 4 classes instead?
    Shoot for a completion date of this December.
    Slow & Steady amigo!


    And, UnixGuy is right;
    definitely, do NOT be afraid to get counselling. 
    We all have challenges.
    You are NOT alone :]
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