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Right basically i want to enrol in a class to futher my education and give me better job prospects.
I have started self learning programming but without a qualification i don't think i will go far with it in terms of careers so i have decided
to take a part time class at my local college.
My local college doesn't have much choice but a class that has interested me is Cisco CCNA certification and once youv'e done that you can advance.
So i was just wondering, Is this a good class to take?
Any advice, opinions and suggestions are massively appreciated

thanks guys
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certifications opens doors.
that doesn't mean anything once you face real life,
but it will open doors for you taht otherwise are closed
take it .
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It's a very expensive course but I've heard they are excellent and give you a solid understanding of networking practices that can be applied outside of Cisco's ecosystem as well as a working knowledge of Cisco's gear.
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It's a very expensive course but I've heard they are excellent and give you a solid understanding of networking practices that can be applied outside of Cisco's ecosystem as well as a working knowledge of Cisco's gear.
think about it as an investemnt
those certifications are good.
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If you're enthused about networking, studying for the CCNA will give you a good foundational skill set.
Actually getting the certification will generally at least get you an interview.
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think about it as an investemnt
those certifications are good.

Cisco certs are VERY expensive. Usually it's companies that pay for their staff to go on them.
Plus I wouldn't see the Cisco certs as a guaranteed job creator. It will open doors but there no guarantee you'd make your money back from this "investment".

Personally, I think there are cheaper certifications out there that will offer up just as many (if not more) opportunities if you're new in the profession.

However it's entirely up to the individual. If he wants to become a networking specialist then this will be advantageous. If he just wants to get his foot in the door for a general purpose IT admin, then I think there's better courses to go on.
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Cisco certs are VERY expensive. Usually it's companies that pay for their staff to go on them.

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The test itself is $250 USD, you can self study with GNS3 or get a few cheap routers and switches for ~$100ish depending on eBay.
Fairly small cost given the benefits of both knowledge and opportunity.
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Right basically i want to enrol in a class to futher my education and give me better job prospects.
I have started self learning programming but without a qualification i don't think i will go far with it in terms of careers so i have decided
to take a part time class at my local college.
My local college doesn't have much choice but a class that has interested me is Cisco CCNA certification and once youv'e done that you can advance.
So i was just wondering, Is this a good class to take?
Any advice, opinions and suggestions are massively appreciated
thanks guys

Yes. I once worked with a lad who was highly CCNA certified. HE was 24 running his own company that worked on isntallations on various sites.

Yes. Very worth it. I'm CCENT certified myself. It's a lot of work but totally worth it in the end run.

Edit:

They're not that expensive. You get a 50% discount, I believe, on your next level each time. So you only have to pay full price for the first. Also, a lot fo places offer you dramatic discounts if you don't pass. CCENT is very easy for someone who's computer literate.
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i got my CCNA by self study and didnt cost much at all.. just some books and the exam cost.. warning: dont shortcut by using brain dumps.. join the CLN "Cisco learning network" and parctice different configs in simulators such as packet tracer and subnetting.. W.Odem writes some great books for CCNA and even invest in a good book on networking basics can help with the theroy side..

pass CCNA and then choose a disapline to follow such as R&S, security, VoIP etc plus they are adding more into thier structure such as datacenter.. basically dont stop at CCNA but take it further into a discipline you enjoy

the next stage CCNP its a good idea to invest in a nice home lab.. they can be picked up rather cheap as well if you shop arround.. thats what i did is built a nice home lab for $500USD.. smile.gif
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The test itself is $250 USD, you can self study with GNS3 or get a few cheap routers and switches for ~$100ish depending on eBay.
Fairly small cost given the benefits of both knowledge and opportunity.

I must be thinking of a completely different course then as the one I was looking into (again, Cisco) was about £2000 (not sure what that is in USD).

thanks for the correction smile.gif
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