Monday, May 18, 2009

Choosing Cisco CCNA Training (300409)

By Jason Kendall

If it's Cisco training you're after, but you haven't worked with network switches or routers, we'd recommend taking the Cisco CCNA qualification. This will give you knowledge and skills to work with routers. The internet is made up of hundreds of thousands of routers, and big organisations with many locations also utilise routers to allow their networks to keep in touch.

Successfully achieving this qualification means you'll probably end up working for national or international companies that have various different locations, but need their computer networks to talk to each other. The other possibility is working for an internet service provider. These jobs are well paid and in demand.

Having the right skills and knowledge ahead of starting your Cisco CCNA course skills is very important. Therefore, discuss the requirements expected of you with someone who will be able to help you.

How do we reach an educated decision then? With all this potential, it's imperative to understand where to investigate - and of course, what to actually be digging for.

A proficient and professional advisor (vs a salesman) will cover in some detail your current experience level and abilities. This is vital for understanding your study start-point. Remember, if you've got any work-experience or certification, then you may be able to pick-up at a different starting-point to someone new to the industry. For those students starting IT studies and exams for the first time, it can be useful to avoid jumping in at the deep-end, starting with some basic PC skills training first. This is often offered with most training packages.

Please understand this most important point: You absolutely must have proper 24x7 instructor and mentor support. Later, you'll kick yourself if you don't. Always avoid training that only supports you via a message system when it's outside of usual working hours. Trainers will give you every excuse in the book why you don't need this. The simple fact of the matter is - support is required when it's required - not when it's convenient for them.

Be on the lookout for providers that utilise many support facilities active in different time-zones. These should be integrated to offer a simple interface and also round-the-clock access, when it suits you, with no fuss. Never make do with less than you need and deserve. Direct-access round-the-clock support is the only viable option when it comes to computer-based courses. Maybe burning the midnight-oil is not your thing; often though, we're at work at the time when most support is available.

Many trainers provide piles of reference manuals and workbooks. This isn't very interesting and not a very good way of remembering. Studies have always verified that connecting physically with our study, is much more conducive to long-term memory.

The latest home-based training features interactive discs. By watching and listening to instructors on video tutorials you'll absorb the modules, one by one, by way of the demonstrations and explanations. Then you test your knowledge by using practice-lab's. It's wise to view some of the typical study materials provided before you make your decision. The minimum you should expect would be instructor demonstrations, video tutorials and a variety of audio-visual and interactive sections.

Go for CD and DVD ROM based physical training media every time. This then avoids all the potential pitfalls with the variability of broadband quality and service.

If there's any chance you'll be enrolling with a certification company who still utilises workshop days as a necessary part of their training, then you should know about these hassles encountered by most students:

* Constant driving back and forth from the training centre - sometimes hundreds of miles.

* Workshop availability; normally Mon-Fri and two or three days in a row. It's never convenient to take the required time off work.

* Lost annual leave - most employed people only have 20 days holiday. If you give up at least half to your study events, vacation time is going to be quite short for the student.

* Training events sometimes reach their maximum intake very quickly, giving us the only option of the '2nd best' solution.

* A lot of students want to work as quickly as possible, but some like to take it easier and want to set their own pace that fits. This will often generate difficulty and tension in most workshops.

* And let's not disregard the added financial outlay of travelling or over-night bed and breakfast either. This may well run to a lot of money - from hundreds to thousands. Take some time to add it all up - you'll get a shock.

* Not wanting employers to know about the training will be of paramount importance to most attendees. You don't want to lose any possible promotions, income boosts or success at your current job because you're getting trained in a different area. If your employer knows you've committed to training in a different industry, what do you think they'll do?

* It's common to find it difficult to ask questions in a room full of our fellow students - who wants to look like they're the only one who doesn't get it?

* Often, events frequently become nigh on unreachable, in cases where you work or live away for part of the week.

Why not watch a video and study with instructors one-to-one via ready-made modules, doing them when it's convenient for you, not someone else. Study can happen anywhere that suits. If you've got a laptop, you could get some sunshine outside while you study. If any problem raises its head then get onto the live 24x7 support. You can come back to any of the modules as many times as you want to brush up. And of course, you don't have to jot down any notes as you have the lesson indefinitely. While this doesn't take away every problem, it surely reduces stress and eases things. Plus you've got less travel, hassle and costs.

Being at the forefront of revolutionary new technology is about as exciting as it can get. You're involved with creating a future for us all. Technological changes and interaction via the internet is going to spectacularly shape our lifestyles over future years; remarkably so.

If money is high on your goal sheet, then you will appreciate the fact that the income on average for a typical IT worker is a lot higher than with the rest of the economy. It would appear there is a lot more room for IT jobs development across Britain. The market sector is continuing to expand enormously, and as we have a significant shortage of skilled professionals, it's most unlikely that this will change significantly for years to come.

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