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    chown linux:users\ /world Hartmann's Avatar
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    Quit or get Cisco Certified?

    My current job is becoming a major pain in the butt. I do mostly programming for them and a little tech support. However, I don't feel that they are giving me enough work and I become bored sitting in my little office. I also don't feel the pay is totally adequate and I have considered quitting. Last week my boss anounced that he was going to get everyone in the office Cisco Certified, for free. I know that a Cisco certification is a big thing but I don't know how much longer I can sit around and twiddle my thumbs. There are some other jobs out there that I am pretty sure I could get. Should I quit and get a better, higher paying job or stick with this one and get the Cisco Certification?

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    Question : what is your current job? And what is your career aim? Or..... more precisely, what is your ideal job?

    Then have a think about relating it to a Cisco cert. Is a Cisco cert useful for your intended career path?

    My Dad is studying to be a CCIE (Cisco Internetworking Engineer) and has already completed the basic CCNA qualification, and I can tell you right now : if you don't put heaps and heaps of hours into studying the books, don't bother studying Cisco. It is an amazingly intricate field of study which requires a lot of memorisation and constant lab practicing (so much so you may need to consider investing a couple of grand in Cisco equipment unless your company has some Cisco routers + switches sitting around). So unless you're prepared to put the time and effort in...... You might be better off productively spending your time looking for a better job

    Good luck!
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    chown linux:users\ /world Hartmann's Avatar
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    I currently do tech support, programming, and some consulting for http://mylinuxisp.com

    We have a very intricate knowledge of the Cisco 677 and 678 DSL routers (some of the things are trade secrets). I do like immersing myself in books (I have about 35 programming books).

    I want to be a programmer or information technology specialist. I don't want to worry about how things look, I want to make them work. I want to work for someone like BMC Software (http://www.bmc.com) who are HQ'ed here in Houston.

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    How long is the Cisco training going to be?

    My recommendation : since you already know a bit about Cisco, it may be worth it. If you can invest in some routers to do lab exercises it would be worth it, and CCIEs (and CCNAs in some respect) are in high demand.

    Obviously the final recommendation lies with you, but I would say if you can invest the time and money..... It will be well repaid.
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    If you don't think you're getting enough work, you should try talking to your manager about it.

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    Well it is not just not enough work that bothers me.... I also feel that the pay is not right considering I come in on Saturdays and run the whole place.

    I am not sure how long the Cisco training will take but I am guessing a few wks. I have put my resume in to several different companies, hopefully I will hear back soon.

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    If you feel the CISCO certification is a good piece of paper to have and your current employer is willing to pay for it, I say get the certification then look around!
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    get certified then quit!! lol
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    I got my CCNA last week, I thought it was a big pain in the butt. I studied everyday for four months and finally got it. I'd quit and go somewhere else, take the test in your free time, it's only like $500 to take the test w/o courses.
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    I hope to be CCNA certified next year at this time, how hard is the test?
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    Well there are four levels and then the final test. I took my courses online at cisco.netacad.net and each of the four levels has around 13 chapters. Each chapter there is a test and each level there is a test. I wouldn't recommend skipping the courses unless you a network hobbiest of work with networks in your job. I had no experience and found the courses vital to my success.

    As for the final certification test, I found it to be quite hard. I think you need a 75% to pass and I got a 78%, so lucky me

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    Just two pieces of advice.

    First, never never ever quit the job you have until you have another one. Doing so will, diminish chances of finding another position and decrease your market value (salary). Hope you didn't have this in mind.

    Second, take the Cisco training. This will both increase your marketability and your market value.

    At least you wont be twiddling your thumbs with nothing to do. You will be learning and studying.

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    hi

    i have worked in technology since i joined the navy way back in '60. I have done a lot of things, including manager of system engineering for a division of TRW and an advisory engineer at IBM. Never leave a job without a new one.

    Cisco views certification as another component of the product and give it equal attention. In otherwords it is serious stuff.

    peace

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    I did 2 sems of my CCNA before I decided to come to Oz for a bit.

    I was having a lot of problems (because maths seriously isn't my strongest point) with subnetting etc, and because of the cost of the course etc, my parents and I decided it was best to get the Sem 2 certificate then take some time out and decide what to do.

    Cisco certification is definitely valuable, and although I haven't used the certification yet, I'm pretty sure that in some point in the future I will do so.

    Go for it, if you are getting it paid for it is even more worth getting, and while you are getting it, look around for jobs which require Cisco engineers and fire off your resume to the company, stating that you are currently doing whatever Cisco qualification you are going for.


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