Cisco CCNA Retraining 2009

The CCNA is your entry level for Cisco training. This will enable you to work on maintaining and installing network switches and routers. Fundamentally, the internet is based upon huge numbers of routers, and many large organisations that have a number of branches utilise them to allow their networks to keep in touch.

To take this course, you should be clear on computer networks and how they operate and function, because networks are linked to routers. If not, it’s likely you’ll run into difficulties. Better to look for a course covering the basics in networking (CompTIA Network+ as an example – maybe with the A+ as well) prior to starting your CCNA. Some providers offer this as a career track.

Having the skills and understanding before starting your Cisco CCNA course skills is essential. So find an advisor who can fill you in on any gaps you may have.

So, what kind of questions should we raise so as to take onboard the understanding necessary? After all, it seems there are a good many rather incomparable possibilities for us to consider.

A so-called advisor who doesn’t question you thoroughly – chances are they’re just a salesperson. If they push a particular product before learning about your history and whether you have any commercial experience, then you know you’re being sold to. Where you have a strong background, or sometimes a little work-based experience (possibly even some previous certification?) then it’s likely the level you’ll need to start at will be different from a student that is completely new to the industry. Where this will be your initial stab at studying for an IT examination then it may be wise to start out with a user-skills course first.

Usually, trainers will provide piles of reference manuals and workbooks. This isn’t very interesting and not a very good way of taking things in. If we’re able to get all of our senses involved in our learning, then we often see hugely increased memory retention as a result.

Interactive full motion video involving demonstration and virtual lab’s will forever turn you away from traditional book study. And you’ll find them fun and interesting. It would be silly not to view some of the typical study materials provided before you make your decision. Always insist on instructor-led video demonstrations and interactive audio-visual sections with practice modules.

It’s folly to select online only courseware. With highly variable reliability and quality from the ISP (internet service provider) market, make sure you get disc based courseware (On CD or DVD).

One of the most important things to insist on has to be full 24×7 support from dedicated instructors and mentors. So many companies we come across only seem to want to help while they’re in the office (9am till 6pm, Monday till Friday usually) and nothing at the weekends. Avoid training that only supports you through a message system when it’s outside of usual working hours. Training organisations will always try to hide the importance of this issue. Essentially – support is needed when it’s needed – not as-and-when it’s suitable for their staff.

Top training companies utilise several support facilities across multiple time-zones. An online system provides an interactive interface to provide a seamless experience, any time of the day or night, help is just a click away, avoiding all the delays and problems. Never ever take second best when it comes to your support. The vast majority of IT hopefuls who drop-out or fail, are in that situation because of support (or the lack of).

Many trainers are still maintaining one of the most out-dated training concepts – classroom days. Often sold as a benefit, if you talk to a student who has had to attend a few, you’ll find them listing some or most of these problems:

* Loads of visits to the training centre – often quite a distance away.

* Mon-Fri accessibility with classes is the norm, and getting two to three days out of work causes a lot of problems for many working people.

* Lost holiday days – most working people only get 4 weeks annual leave. If you give up at least half to your training workshops, that doesn’t leave much holiday time left for the student.

* Training classes often are over-subscribed, leaving us with a slot that doesn’t really suit.

* The pace of the workshop – centre-days invariably have students of varying aptitude, consequently there is often tension between the quicker-learners and those with less experience.

* Take into account all of all the travel, fares, parking, accommodation and food and you may be surprised (and not pleasantly). Students mention extra costs ranging from hundreds to over a thousand pounds. Sit down and add it up – and you’ll see how.

* Many students would like to keep their training completely private to avoid any kind of questions in their work.

* Every one of us must, at some time, have avoided asking a question, because we wanted to fit in?

* For those of us who need to at times live or work away from home, imagine the trouble involved in travelling to the needed workshops, when time is at a premium.

Wouldn’t it be better to watch a video and be taught by teachers one-to-one via pre-made modules, taking them at your convenience – not somebody else’s. Whenever an ugly problem rears its head, logon to the 24×7 support facility (that we hope you’ll insist on with any technical courses.) You should remember, if you’ve got a notebook PC, study isn’t restricted to the home or office. Classes and lessons can be repeated when you’re preparing for exams – the more times you cover something – the more you’ll remember. And no worrying about keeping up with note-taking either – everything’s laid on for you. Basically: You save money, avoid hassle, don’t waste time and steer clear of polluting the environment.

It would be wonderful to believe that our careers will remain secure and our future is protected, however, the truth for the majority of jobs in Great Britain currently is that security may be a thing of the past. We can however hit upon market-level security, by digging for high demand areas, coupled with work-skill shortages.

Taking a look at the Information Technology (IT) sector, a recent e-Skills investigation demonstrated an over 26 percent skills deficit. Essentially, we can’t properly place more than just three out of each 4 job positions in the computer industry. Well trained and commercially certified new professionals are as a result at a resounding premium, and in all likelihood it will stay that way for many years to come. In reality, acquiring professional IT skills as you progress through the next year or two is probably the finest career move you’ll ever make.

After 20 yrs in IT, Jason Kendall has focused himself on computer training consultancy in the UK. If you’re interested in CCNA Certification, visit LearningLolly CCNA Training.

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