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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Cisco Technical Support Career Training Courses

Posted by patrick

By Jason Kendall

The Cisco training is the way to go for those who wish to work with routers and network switches. Routers are what connect networks of computers over dedicated lines or the internet. It's advisable that you should start with the CCNA. It's not advisable to launch directly into your CCNP because it is very complex - and you'll need the CCNA and experience first to have a go at this.

Routers are linked to networks, therefore it's essential to understand how networks work, or you'll have difficulty gaining the program and not be able to understand the work. Find a training programme that includes basic networking skills (CompTIA is a good one) before you start the CCNA.

Achieving CCNA is where you need to be aiming - don't be cajoled into attempting your CCNP for now. Get a couple of years experience behind you first, then you'll know if it's relevant for you to have this next level up. If it is, you'll be much more capable to succeed at that stage - as your working knowledge will put everything into perspective.

Most training providers only provide basic 9am till 6pm support (maybe a little earlier or later on certain days); It's rare to find someone who offers late evening or full weekend cover.

Don't accept training that only supports trainees with a message system after 6-9pm in the evening and during weekends. Companies will try to talk you round from this line of reasoning. But, no matter how they put it - support is needed when it's needed - not at times when they find it cheaper to provide it.

Be on the lookout for study programmes that have multiple support offices across multiple time-zones. Every one of them needs to be seamlessly combined to enable simple one-stop access together with 24x7 access, when you want it, with the minimum of hassle.

Seek out a training company that gives this level of learning support. Only proper live 24x7 support provides the necessary backup.

Can job security really exist anymore? In a marketplace like the UK, where business constantly changes its mind on a day-to-day basis, it certainly appears not.

Of course, a quickly growing market-place, where staff are in constant demand (through a massive shortfall of commercially certified staff), creates the conditions for true job security.

The computing Industry skills-gap throughout the country clocks in at approx twenty six percent, as noted by the most recent e-Skills study. Showing that for every four jobs existing across Information Technology (IT), there are only 3 trained people to fill that need.

This one fact on its own shows why the country desperately needs considerably more workers to get trained and join the Information Technology market.

In actuality, retraining in Information Technology as you progress through the next few years is most likely the best choice of careers you could make.

Getting your first commercial position can be a little easier if you're offered a Job Placement Assistance facility. With the great need for more IT skills in this country at the moment, it's not too important to become overly impressed with this service however. It really won't be that difficult to find employment as long as you've got the necessary skills and qualifications.

However, don't procrastinate and wait until you've passed your final exams before updating your CV. Right at the beginning of your training, mark down what you're doing and get it out there!

Getting your CV considered is more than not being regarded at all. Often junior positions are got by students (sometimes when they've only just got going.)

Generally, a local IT focused employment service (who will get paid by the employer when they've placed you) will perform better than any sector of a centralised training facility. It also stands to reason that they'll know the local industry and employment needs.

A constant aggravation for a number of training course providers is how much students are prepared to work to get qualified, but how little effort that student will then put into getting the position they have qualified for. Don't falter at the last fence.

One fatal mistake that potential students often succumb to is to look for the actual course to take, instead of focusing on the desired end-result. Training academies are brimming over with unaware students that chose a program because it looked interesting - in place of something that could gain them an enjoyable career or job.

Imagine training for just one year and then end up performing the job-role for decades. Don't make the mistake of choosing what sounds like an 'interesting' training program and then put 10-20 years into an unrewarding career!

Be honest with yourself about what you want to earn and what level of ambition fits you. Sometimes, this affects what precise qualifications you will need and what you can expect to give industry in return.

Chat with someone who knows about the sector you're looking at, and could provide a detailed run-down of what to expect in that role. Getting to the bottom of all this well before you start on any study path has obvious benefits.

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