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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Cisco Training Courses Revealed

Posted by patrick

By Jason Kendall

If you're looking for training in Cisco, then a CCNA is most probably what you're looking for. The Cisco training is intended for individuals who wish to understand and work with routers and network switches. Routers connect computer networks to another collection of computer networks over dedicated lines or the internet.

It's vital that you already know a good deal about how computer networks operate and function, as networks are built with routers. Otherwise, you'll probably struggle. You might look for a course covering the basics in networking - perhaps Network+ and A+, and then do a CCNA course. Some providers offer this as a career track.

It's advisable to do a bespoke training program that will take you through a specific training path ahead of starting your training in Cisco skills.

One thing you must always insist on is 24x7 round-the-clock support with trained professional instructors and mentors. Too many companies only seem to want to help while they're in the office (9am till 6pm, Monday till Friday usually) and nothing at the weekends.

Beware of institutions who use call-centres 'out-of-hours' - with the call-back coming in during office hours. It's no use when you're stuck on a problem and could do with an answer during your scheduled study period.

We recommend that you search for training programs that have multiple support offices across multiple time-zones. Each one should be integrated to give a single entry point together with access round-the-clock, when you want it, with no fuss.

Always choose a training company that gives this level of learning support. As only round-the-clock 24x7 support gives you the confidence to make it.

Beginning with the idea that it makes sense to home-in on the employment that excites us first, before we can even mull over which development program fulfils our needs, how can we choose the right direction?

Because without any solid background in computing, how should we possibly understand what someone in a particular job does?

Arriving at a well-informed resolution really only appears from a methodical analysis of several shifting key points:

* The sort of individual you are - what kind of jobs you enjoy, and on the other side of the coin - what don't you like doing.

* Is it your desire to achieve an important dream - like becoming self-employed someday?

* How highly do you rate salary - is it the most important thing, or is job satisfaction higher up on your priority-list?

* Because there are so many different sectors to gain certifications for in the IT industry - you will have to gain a basic understanding of what separates them.

* The level of commitment and effort you'll commit getting qualified.

For the average person, getting to the bottom of these areas requires a good chat with someone that knows what they're talking about. And we don't just mean the certifications - you also need to understand the commercial needs and expectations besides.

A lot of students presume that the traditional school, college or university path is the way they should go. Why then are commercially accredited qualifications beginning to overtake it?

Corporate based study (to use industry-speak) is far more specialised and product-specific. Industry has realised that this level of specialised understanding is essential to meet the requirements of an increasingly more technical marketplace. Adobe, Microsoft, CISCO and CompTIA are the dominant players.

Essentially, only required knowledge is taught. It's not quite as straightforward as that, but principally the objective has to be to focus on the exact skills required (along with a certain amount of crucial background) - without trying to cram in every other area - in the way that academic establishments often do.

What if you were an employer - and you required somebody who had very specific skills. What is easier: Trawl through loads of academic qualifications from several applicants, trying to establish what they know and which vocational skills they've acquired, or choose particular accreditations that specifically match what you're looking for, and make your short-list from that. Your interviews are then about personal suitability - rather than on the depth of their technical knowledge.

Consider only training paths which will grow into commercially acknowledged exams. There are way too many trainers proposing minor 'in-house' certificates which aren't worth the paper they're printed on in the real world.

All the major commercial players like Microsoft, Cisco, Adobe or CompTIA all have nationally recognised proficiency programmes. Huge conglomerates such as these will make your CV stand-out.

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