CCNA is your entry level for training in Cisco. This will enable you to operate on the maintenance and installation of network switches and routers. The internet is made up of many routers, and commercial ventures who have a number of branches rely on them to keep their networks in touch.
Jobs that use this knowledge mean it's likely you'll end up working for large commercial ventures that are spread out geographically but need their computer networks to talk to each other. Alternatively, you may find yourself joining an internet service provider. Both types of jobs command good salaries.
Get on a bespoke training program that takes you on a progressive path to make sure that you've mastered the necessary skills and abilities before commencing your Cisco training.
Of all the important things to consider, one of the most essential is always full 24x7 support with dedicated instructors and mentors. So many companies we come across only provide office hours (or extended office hours) support.
Locate training schools with proper support available at any time of day or night (even 1am on Sunday morning!) Ensure you get access directly to professional tutors, and not simply some messaging service that means you're constantly waiting for a call-back during office hours.
Be on the lookout for study programmes that have multiple support offices across multiple time-zones. Every one of them needs to be seamlessly combined to enable simple one-stop access together with 24x7 access, when you want it, with the minimum of hassle.
Never make do with anything less. Online 24x7 support is the only kind that ever makes the grade with technical learning. Perhaps you don't intend to study during the evenings; but for most of us, we're working while the support is live.
Most of us would love to think that our jobs will always be safe and the future is protected, but the growing reality for the majority of jobs throughout the UK right now is that there is no security anymore.
Of course, a quickly growing market-place, where staff are in constant demand (through a massive shortfall of commercially certified staff), creates the conditions for true job security.
A rather worrying national e-Skills investigation brought to light that over 26 percent of computing and IT jobs haven't been filled because of a chronic shortage of properly qualified workers. Essentially, we can't properly place more than just 3 out of each four job positions in IT.
Attaining the appropriate commercial IT accreditation is accordingly a fast-track to a long-term and satisfying career.
Because the IT sector is developing at such a rate, there really isn't any other sector worth looking at for a new future.
Many training companies will provide a useful Job Placement Assistance program, to help you get your first job. Sometimes, this feature is bigged up too much, because it is actually not that hard for any focused and well taught person to get work in the IT environment - as employers are keen to find appropriately qualified personnel.
However, don't procrastinate and wait until you've passed your final exams before updating your CV. Right at the beginning of your training, mark down what you're doing and get it out there!
Getting your CV considered is more than not being regarded at all. Often junior positions are got by students (sometimes when they've only just got going.)
The best services to help get you placed are generally independent and specialised local recruitment services. As they're keen to place you to receive their commission, they have the necessary incentive to try that bit harder.
Just be sure that you don't spend hundreds of hours on your training and studies, and then do nothing more and imagine someone else is miraculously going to land you a job. Stop procrastinating and make your own enquiries. Channel the same focus into securing a good job as you did to get trained.
You should remember: a training program or a qualification is not what you're looking for; the career you're training for is. Too many training companies place too much importance on the qualification itself.
Imagine training for just one year and then end up performing the job-role for decades. Don't make the mistake of choosing what sounds like an 'interesting' training program and then put 10-20 years into an unrewarding career!
Be honest with yourself about what you want to earn and what level of ambition fits you. Sometimes, this affects what precise qualifications you will need and what you can expect to give industry in return.
Chat with someone who knows about the sector you're looking at, and could provide a detailed run-down of what to expect in that role. Getting to the bottom of all this well before you start on any study path has obvious benefits.
Author: Harriet Butler. Go to my web-site for logical career information: Cisco CCNA.