Targets for 2014

Judderman88Judderman88 Member Posts: 56 ■■■□□□□□□□
Hi All
Just curious to see what peoples targets are for next year?
Did you achieve what you set out to achieve this year?
I wanted MCSA Win 7 this year and I'm going for 70-685 shortly to hopefully complete
I'm looking at ITIL Foundation and 70-410 for 2014


  • JasminLandryJasminLandry Member Posts: 601 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Good luck on the 70-685!! I actually past it this past weekend, it you're good at troubleshooting, you'll pass without a doubt!!

    I put my 2013 certification goals and accomplishments in my signature below.

    My 2014 main goals are: Linux+ & MCSA: Windows Server 2008. If I have more time than expected, I'd like to take the VCP5-DCV and CEHv8 at the end of the year. We'll see how it goes :D

  • TechGuy215TechGuy215 Explore_Dream_Discover Philadelphia, PAMember Posts: 404 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I'm pretty much done for 2013, just have to finish up the CISSP (which I expect to have completed by 12/13). Next year is the year of GIAC and ISACA, plan to tackle quite a few of these certs:

    * Currently pursuing: PhD: Information Security and Information Assurance
    * Certifications: CISSP, CEH, CHFI, CCNA:Sec, CCNA:R&S, CWNA, ITILv3, VCA-DCV, LPIC-1, A+, Network+, Security+, Linux+, Project+, and many more...
    * Degrees: MSc: Cybersecurity and Information Assurance; BSc: Information Technology - Security; AAS: IT Network Systems Administration
  • ajs1976ajs1976 Member Posts: 1,945 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I thought these types of posts were banned until after thanksgiving?

    2020 Goals: 0 of 2 courses complete, 0 of 2 exams complete
  • QordQord Senior Member Member Posts: 632 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I did not finish anything I had originally hoped for, but that's OK. Plans change. My only goal for next year is to finish my degree, which will be very tough but doable. Well, that and remove all the wallpaper from downstairs but that's a challenge of patience and motivation, and not of technical savvy. 2015 will be my time for hopping back onto the cert wagon I think.
    ajs1976 wrote: »
    I thought these types of posts were banned until after thanksgiving?
    Canadian Thanksgiving just passed, does that count? :D
  • IristheangelIristheangel CCIEx2 (Sec + DC), CCNP RS, CCNA V/S/R/DC, CISSP, CEH, MCSE 2003, A+/L+/N+/S+, and a lot more from m Pasadena, CAMod Posts: 4,133 Mod
    2014 Goals:
    CCNP Security
    CCDP (Longshot?)

    And finish my capstone for my MSISA. I have the tendency to make ambitious goals. I don't always live up to them (see: this year). We'll see if next year is less crazy.....
    BS, MS, and CCIE #50931
  • tstrip007tstrip007 Member Posts: 308 ■■■■□□□□□□
  • MrAgentMrAgent Member Posts: 1,309 ■■■■■■■■□□
    The only exam I took this year was the CEHv7, which I passed in March. I planned to just focus on my graduate classes, but now my current company is sending me to Redhat training in a couple of weeks and they want me to pass RHCSA. So it looks like Ill be working on that for the next couple of weeks. As far as next year... keep on trucking with my grad classes, and maybe working on CISSP or CASP.
  • Dakinggamer87Dakinggamer87 Gaming Tech Expert Silicon Valley, CAMember Posts: 4,016 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Start my Bachelor's degree at WGU
    Finish my VCP-DCV if I haven't by the end of the year
    *Associate's of Applied Sciences degree in Information Technology-Network Systems Administration
    *Bachelor's of Science: Information Technology - Security, Master's of Science: Information Technology - Management
    Matthew 6:33 - "Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need."

    Certs/Business Licenses In Progress: AWS Solutions Architect, Series 6, Series 63
  • BGravesBGraves Member Posts: 339
    Ahh I love this thread! It's great to see so many motivated individuals! :D
    I'm looking at doing CWTS Nov, CCNA Security Jan, try to get a BICSI ITS Installer 1 out of Tampa in Feb/Mar, and then considering CWNA, GSEC, Linux+, OSCP, and possibly a Master's program somewhere! Thinking a Info Sec/MBA type of deal, not sure where yet! (Holding out for SANS STI Accreditation!)
  • JoJoCal19JoJoCal19 California Kid Mod Posts: 2,829 Mod
    This year was a success for everything that I had on my plate. I finished my BS in Business Administration and graduated in May. Went right to studying for and passed the CISSP in September. Now I am working on the ITIL Foundations and will have that sometime in November. The only thing I won't get done that was kind of a bonus goal for this year is one of the ISACA certs.

    For 2014 I will be doing the CCENT in January (will start studying for it next month after I pass ITIL Foundations). Then I will do the CEH right after that. After that it's CCNA Security, CISM or CISA in June and the other in December. I am looking at starting WGU MSISA in January and if I do, the CCENT and CEH will be a part of that. I always like to set bonus goals that if I get to do then it's just icing on the cake, so that would be either learning Python, or doing one of the more involved pentest certs like OSCP or eCPPT.
    Currently Working On: Python, OSCP Prep
    Next Up:​ OSCP
    Studying:​ Code Academy (Python), Bash Scripting, Virtual Hacking Lab Coursework
  • jvrlopezjvrlopez Member Posts: 911 ■■■■□□□□□□
    * CISSP due NLT summertime.

    * CCNA security there after.

    * BA in communications sometime during the year (Ive been telling this to my wife this for the last 3 years). I only need 4 more classes, one of which is lower level math, lol!
    And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high. ~Ayrton Senna
  • DoubleNNsDoubleNNs Member Posts: 2,013 ■■■■■□□□□□
    I didn't live up to my 2013 goals. Whereas it's not too late and I technically could finish the last 2 certs, I highly doubt I will within these 2 months.

    My goals for 2014:
    CCNA: Sec
    MCTS Server 2008 - Net Infrastructure
    Start on CCNP
    Relocate out of NJ and enter the Networking section of IT

    Should be easy enough considering I already started my CCNA and MCTS.
    Goals for 2018:
    Certs: RHCSA, LFCS: Ubuntu, CNCF CKA, CNCF CKAD | AWS Certified DevOps Engineer, AWS Solutions Architect Pro, AWS Certified Security Specialist, GCP Professional Cloud Architect
    Learn: Terraform, Kubernetes, Prometheus & Golang | Improve: Docker, Python Programming
    To-do | In Progress | Completed
  • broli720broli720 Member Posts: 394 ■■■■□□□□□□
    At this point, I just need more experience so that will be my main focus.
  • cyberguyprcyberguypr Senior Member Mod Posts: 6,916 Mod
    I honestly do not remember what my 2013 goals were. I do know they changed due to a new role I took. I am attending SANS 504 training next week with the goal of doing GCIH in December/January. After that I have VCP-DV in my sights. I'm still debating if I want to finish MCSE or keep focusing on security, which is my ultimate goal.
  • N2ITN2IT Inactive Imported Users Posts: 7,483 ■■■■■■■■■■
    Hiking and more using the elliptical I just purchased more often. Like Broli mentioned focus on work more. However I would like to find a development certification that aligns with the current software I work with and my career path.
  • BobbyDCBobbyDC Member Posts: 72 ■■□□□□□□□□
    end of 2013
    CCNA Security - Think this can be done in 2 months?

    finish Bachelor's through WGU
  • TheProfTheProf Users Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 331 ■■■■□□□□□□
    My goals for 2014:

    EMCCA - EMC Cloud Architect
    VCAP-DCA - VMware Certified Advanced Professional - Datacenter Administrator
    VCAP-DCD - VMware Certified Advanced Professional - Datacenter Design

    If I have time, I'll also try and get the MCSE: Server Infrastructure, but MS certs are on hold for the time being.
  • veritas_libertasveritas_libertas CISSP, GIAC x5, CompTIA x5 Greenville, SC USAMember Posts: 5,737 ■■■■■■■■■■
    2013 Goals - CCNA, CCNA:Security, New job

    Achieved: CCNA, New job

    2014 Goals - GCIH and whatever else work might want me to go after.
    Currently working on: Linux and Python
  • LeifAlireLeifAlire Member Posts: 106
    ITIL and something from GIAC with work paying for test(s), also need to get Exchange 2013 after Exchange 2010.
    2015 Goals: VCP-550 - CISA - 70-417
  • shyguyITshyguyIT Member Posts: 380
    2013 Goals: A+, MCSA: Windows 7, First IT job

    Achieved: A+, IT Job, Still need 70-685

    2014 Goals: CCNA, CCNA: Security, Start CCNP
    2017 Goals:
    Route[X], Switch [], TSHOOT[]
  • eansdadeansdad Member Posts: 775 ■■■■□□□□□□
    My Goal:

    CCNA: Sec and Wireless

    Finish BS from WGU - 7 classes left

    Get a better job!!!
  • coty24coty24 Member Posts: 263 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Rest of 2013 Goals: CHFI v8(WGU MSISA)

    2014: CCENT|NA, CISSP and/or SPSE or GCIH(if someone pays :))
    Passed LOT2 :)Working on FMV2(CHFI v8 ) Done!
  • Jayjett90Jayjett90 Member Posts: 30 ■■□□□□□□□□
    My goals for 2014:

    MCSA: Server 2008

  • NovaHaxNovaHax Member Posts: 502 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I think this is the first time in my career that I really don't know what my mid-range goals are as far as certs. Any suggestions?
  • snadamsnadam Member Posts: 2,234 ■■■■□□□□□□
    2013 was an interesting year for me career and family wise. Based on these circumstances, I felt I met my objectives and am on track for my future plans. This was the 'year of projects' at work so I got a later start than I anticipated. Also, I promised myself that I would not schedule any exams 4th quarter of the year because of my newborn and to mitigate stress during the holidays with trying to finish exams. Unless I have to, this is my new rule moving forward.

    2013 Goals (shortened time frame):

    -CCNA - Complete

    2014 Goals:
    -Complete JNCIA-Junos
    -Start CCNP (ROUTE and/or SWITCH)
    -Complete CCNA: Security
    **** ARE FOR CHUMPS! Don't be a chump! Validate your material with search engine

    :study: Current 2015 Goals: JNCIP-SEC JNCIS-ENT CCNA-Security
  • BGravesBGraves Member Posts: 339
    @Nova- Well judging from your cert list and location you could be an IA/IAM/Pen Test for the DoD or Contractor...depends on if you're looking to grow those skills or just do a cert.
    ITILv3 I found enjoyable and helped me gain some understanding for IT from the perspective of business. It was a nice laid back one and I learned some neat things, doesn't have much to do with your current certs or would benefit you professionally probably, but it's a thought.
    If you do anything with networking/Firewalls, maybe a CCNA/CCNA Security?
    There's always SANS certifications/training that are relevant to that side of things too...GSEC/GPEN, etc.
    Maybe if there's a place you've always wanted to work, you could look for jobs there and see what certs/skills they want their potential employees to have.
    Or you could spend some time and spruce up the ole resume, dust of the cobwebs, get it looking shiny and etc...
  • EssendonEssendon Member Posts: 4,546 ■■■■■■■■■■
    My biggest 2014 target is fatherhood.

    On the cert front, I might work on another VCAP, the DTA, (after I finish off this sinister creature - the DCD). I am considering upgrading to the MCSE: SI too. Just to keep myself updated, there is really no need. I intend to work on labbing up Hyper-v too, more and more jobs ask for some Hyper-v experience these days in my area.

    I also aim to become proficient in PowerShell/PowerCLI. You dont make a good engineer if you cant script, I believe. And my scripting skills suck.
    NSX, NSX, more NSX..

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  • LarryDaManLarryDaMan Member Posts: 797
    NovaHax wrote: »
    I think this is the first time in my career that I really don't know what my mid-range goals are as far as certs. Any suggestions?

    Why not round out the skills with something like the CISA? You have management (CISSP) and pen testing (OSCP, CEH), how about adding audit and assessment? Just a thought.
  • dsgmdsgm Member Posts: 228 ■■■□□□□□□□
    2013 goals CCNA done

    JNCiA junos 101 taking the exam this friday icon_thumright.gif then i am migrating to US of A on sunday plan to get a job in the industry before the end of the year if not that it will flow into My goals for 2014

    Experience then CCNA security & MCSA server 2008 then start studying for CCNP Route
  • gorebrushgorebrush Member Posts: 2,741
    Well, as I'm in the middle of a CCIE that pretty much ties up the next 7 months :)

    After that? CCIE #2 of course! The hardest part is going to be deciding what one.

    Really fancy the Data Center cert as we now support lots of Nexus kit. If I were to very quickly become an expert on that then that would be rather amazing. Failing that I'd like to do Security, or Voice, or even SP.

    OK in this order of preference, I'd love to do : -

    DC, Sec, Voice.

    I wouldn't need to do SP to be honest as much as I am sure I could master it.
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