I took quite a sabatical from CCIE studies. I took the written in 2010 and let it expire. I took it again this year, but only because CCNP was expiring. If it wasn't for that, I probably wouldn't have taken it.
I reingaged on completing CISSP the last few months. I took that test in 2011 and failed. I passed it last month though. I am waiting on ISC(2) to review my packet. I should be hearing from them within the next two weeks or so. I also took ITIL Foundation 2011 and passed that a little over a week ago.
So, that left me sitting here wondering what I was going to do next. I thought about PMP, but I would be hard pressed to prove qualifications allowed to take the exam. I do qualify for CAPM though and I submitted my application to be allowed that test. I have up to a year to sit the exam. I also thought about CCDA and CCDP. About that time I had a light kick on. I have almost everything I need to do the CCIE R&S- the lab, most of the books, the time, support from my wife- why not get 'er done?
SOOOOO, that is the plan. I have started back in the studies. I have all of INE's stuff from before for the 4.0. Luckily, I bought INE's stuff before they changed their program so my subscription doesn't expire. I am going to follow INE's guidance on studying. I consider myself quite rusty at this point. I tinker with Cisco routers and switches at work, but not everyday and It has been 6 months since the written. I haven't turned on my stack for over a year.
I started in on Internetworking with TCP/IP by Comer. I think there is some validity when INE suggests you learn the technology, then see how Cisco applies it.
After that, I will read Interconnections by Perlman and see what she has to say.
Then back into Routing TCP/IP I&II.
While going through the readings I will create questions for Repititions, similar to Supermemo. The software is free and syncs between my PC and iPad super easy.
Somewhere along the way, I will fire up the lab again and get into WB I.
Here I go again!