CodeBlox wrote: »
I will be a CCNA very soon. Took about 6 months. A typical day at work thus far has involved the question "Paper or plastic?" many times throughout the day and I'm not kidding either. I'm a newbie so thats why haha. I'm actually just getting into the field at a Help Desk.
CodeBlox wrote: »
I will say this, almost ALL of the jobs around here that require CCNA also want it coupled with 4+ years of experience. I seem to have never found anything with less of a requirement.
Overdash wrote: »
I'm a CCNA and I can tell you that does stand for squat. It's less about what cert you have and more about how much you know/what you can do. Experience is key. The best experience is homelab because then you can actually APPLY your knowledge to your work. If you want to be a Systems Administrator but have never used the Active Directory Migration tool then its time to build a server 2003 domain and a 2008 domain and lab up!
Another example is that I have zero use or care for an e-commerce server, but there are companies that NEED Sr.E-Commerce Administrators.
Point being: If you try to do IT for fun chasing this vendor or that technology you will start/end up at the help desk. Every time.
gouki2005 wrote: »
yeah home lab rules but if you dont have the money to get another pc the virtual lab rules more lol..
GNS+virtualbox = good and extremly cheap ccna/ccna security lab of course if you can pay the real thing do it its better but if you are like me a student this way is the best and if you get the right lab/guide/book you can learn lot of things for free instead pay LOTS of money for a single course
Bacsilove wrote: »
Can you guys please give me a description of what your typical day at work is like? Also, what is the hardest problem that you've run into at your job?
How long did it take you to get certified?
pham0329 wrote: »
While that is true, the cert do help you get in the door. I can say for certain if it wasn't for my MCITP, I would have never landed last job as a System Engineer. If it wasn't for my MCTIP: Enterprise Messaging Admin cert, I wouldn't have landed my current job. Granted my understanding of the technology is what kept me around, if I didn't have the certs, I doubt I would be given the oppurtunity to demonstrate my skills/knowledge.
Although I'm not CCNA certified yet, I'm the network admin for our environment of 50ish switches/routers. I would say that daily duties involve very little networking, and more servers oriented tasks.
To be honest, in a small-medium size business, which is what the CCNA is geared towards, once the network is up and running, you're not going to have to touch it very often.