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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Training in Cisco CCNA Support Revealed

Posted by patrick

By Jason Kendall

Should you be interested in training in Cisco, a CCNA is in all probability what you'll need. The Cisco training is intended for individuals who wish to understand and work with routers. Routers are what connect networks of computers to other computer networks via dedicated lines or the internet.

As routers are connected to networks, find a course that features the basics on networks - perhaps Network+ and A+, and then do a CCNA course. It's vital that you've got a basic grasp of networks prior to starting your Cisco training or the chances are you'll fall behind. In the commercial environment, employers will be looking for networking skills in addition to the CCNA.

You'll need a specially designed course that takes you on a progressive path to make sure that you've mastered the necessary skills and abilities prior to getting going with Cisco.

One thing you must always insist on is proper direct-access 24x7 support via trained professional instructors and mentors. It's an all too common story to find providers that will only offer a basic 9am till 6pm support period (maybe later on certain days) with very little availability over the weekend.

Many only provide email support (too slow), and phone support is usually just a call-centre who will just take down the issue and email it over to their technical team - who will call back over the next day or so (assuming you're there), at a time suitable for them. This isn't a lot of good if you're sitting there confused over an issue and only have certain times available in which to do your studies.

As long as you look hard, you will find the top providers that give students direct-access support at all times - including evenings, nights and weekends.

If you opt for less than support round-the-clock, you'll quickly find yourself regretting it. It may be that you don't use it during the night, but you're bound to use weekends, late evenings or early mornings.

So many training providers are all about the certification, and completely miss the reasons for getting there - getting yourself a new job or career. Always begin with the final destination in mind - don't make the vehicle more important than the destination.

Students often train for a single year but end up doing a job for a lifetime. Avoid the mistake of finding what seems like a program of interest to you only to spend 20 years doing a job you don't like!

Stay focused on where you want to get to, and then build your training requirements around that - avoid getting them back-to-front. Stay on target - making sure you're training for an end-result that will keep you happy for many years.

Before setting out on a training course, you'd be well advised to chat over individual market requirements with an experienced advisor, to ensure the training course covers all the bases.

Students who consider this area of study often have a very practical outlook on work, and won't enjoy sitting at a desk in class, and endless reading of dry academic textbooks. If this is putting you off studying, try the newer style of interactive study, where learning is video-based.

Our ability to remember is increased when we use multiple senses - learning experts have been saying this for decades now.

Study programs now come in disc format, where everything is taught on your PC. Using video-streaming, you can watch instructors demonstrating how to perform the required skill, and then practice yourself - via the interactive virtual lab's.

You must ensure that you see courseware examples from the company you're considering. Be sure that they contain full motion videos of instructors demonstrating the topic with lab's to practice the skills in.

Some companies only have access to training that is purely available online; sometimes you can get away with this - but, imagine the problems if you lose your internet access or you get intermittent problems and speed issues. A safer solution is the provision of physical CD or DVD discs that removes the issue entirely.

Finding job security in the current climate is incredibly rare. Companies can remove us from the workplace at the drop of a hat - as long as it fits their needs.

Where there are escalating skills shortfalls mixed with high demand areas of course, we can hit upon a fresh type of security in the marketplace; where, fuelled by the conditions of constant growth, companies find it hard to locate enough staff.

Reviewing the computer industry, a key e-Skills study highlighted a twenty six percent shortfall of skilled workers. Or, to put it differently, this highlights that Great Britain is only able to source 3 trained people for every 4 jobs that are available today.

This single concept alone highlights why the country desperately needs considerably more new trainees to become part of the industry.

In actuality, acquiring professional IT skills during the next few years is likely the best career move you'll ever make.

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