If you’re looking for training in Cisco, a CCNA is in all probability what you’ll need. The Cisco training is intended for individuals who wish to get to grips with routers and network switches. Routers connect computer networks to another collection of networks of computers via dedicated lines or the internet.
The sort of jobs available with this qualification mean you’ll be more likely to work for national or international corporations that have multiple departments and sites but still want internal communication. Alternatively, you may find yourself being employed by an internet service provider. Both types of jobs command good salaries.
Getting your Cisco CCNA is all you need at this stage – don’t be cajoled into attempting your CCNP for now. Once you’ve got a few years experience behind you, you will know if this next level is for you. Should that be the case, you’ll be in a better position to pass then – because you’ll know so much more by then.
Most training companies will only provide support to you inside of office hours (typically 9am-6pm) and sometimes a little earlier or later; It’s rare to find someone who offers late evening or full weekend cover. Avoid those companies that use messaging services ‘out-of-hours’ – with the call-back coming in during standard office hours. It’s no use when you’re stuck on a problem and want support there and then.
The most successful trainers have many support offices across multiple time-zones. Online access provides the interactive interface to link them all seamlessly, any time of the day or night, there is always help at hand, without any problems or delays. Never make do with a lower level of service. Direct-access round-the-clock support is the only viable option for IT courses. Perhaps you don’t intend to study during the evenings; often though, we’re out at work during the provided support period.
Does job security honestly exist anywhere now? Here in the UK, with industry changing its mind whenever it suits, we’d question whether it does. In actuality, security now only emerges in a quickly growing market, driven forward by work-skills shortages. This shortage creates the right background for a secure market – definitely a more pleasing situation.
A rather worrying national e-Skills study brought to light that over 26 percent of all IT positions available cannot be filled due to a lack of appropriately certified professionals. Or, to put it differently, this reveals that the UK only has three properly accredited workers for every 4 jobs available now. This single notion in itself highlights why the UK urgently requires a lot more people to join the Information Technology market. For sure, it really is a critical time to consider retraining into IT.
The age-old way of teaching, with books and manuals, is usually pretty hard going. If this sounds like you, dig around for more practical courses which feature interactive and multimedia modules. If we can involve all our senses in the learning process, then we normally see dramatically better results.
Modern training can now be done at home via easy-to-use DVD or CD ROM’s. By watching and listening to instructors on video tutorials you’ll take everything in by way of the expert demonstrations. Then it’s time to test your knowledge by using practice-lab’s. All companies should willingly take you through some samples of their training materials. Make sure you encounter videos of instructor-led classes and a variety of interactive modules.
You’ll find that many companies will only provide training that is purely available online; sometimes you can get away with this – but, consider what happens when you don’t have access to the internet or you only get very a very slow connection sometimes. It’s much safer to rely on physical CD or DVD discs which removes the issue entirely.
Every program under consideration must provide a widely recognised exam at the finale – not some little ‘in-house’ printed certificate to hang in your hallway. You’ll discover that only industry recognised certification from the top companies like Microsoft, Cisco, Adobe and CompTIA will open the doors to employers.