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Cisco CCNA Training Courses In The UK Explained

Cisco CCNA Training Courses In The UK Explained


Cisco CCNA Training Courses In The UK Explained

by Jason Kendall

If it's Cisco training you're after, but you're new to working with network switches or routers, the chances are your first course should be the CCNA training. This will provide you with skills for setting up and maintaining routers. The world wide web is built up of many routers, and national or international corporations with several locations also rely on them to keep their networks in touch.

To take this course, you should be clear on the operation and function of computer networks, as networks are connected to routers. Without this you may encounter problems. Better to find training that also includes basic networking skills (CompTIA Network+ as an example - maybe with the A+ as well) and then do a CCNA course. Some providers offer this as a career track.

If you haven't yet had any experience of routers, then qualifying up to the CCNA level is the right level to aim for - at this stage avoid being tempted to do the CCNP. With a few years experience behind you, you will have a feel for if it's appropriate for you to go to the level of CCNP.

Being at the forefront of progressive developments in new technology is as thrilling as it comes. You become one of a team of people shaping the next few decades.

There are people who believe that the revolution in technology that's been a familiar part of our recent lives is slowing down. All indicators point in the opposite direction. There are huge changes to come, and most especially the internet will be the biggest thing to affect the way we live.

And don't forget that typical remuneration in the world of IT in Great Britain is considerably more than average salaries nationally, therefore you'll more than likely gain much more in the IT sector, than you'd expect to earn elsewhere.

Apparently there is no easing up for IT expansion throughout this country. The market sector is still growing enormously, and as we have a significant shortage of skilled professionals, it's highly unlikely that it will even slow down for a good while yet.

OK, why should we consider commercial certification as opposed to traditional academic qualifications obtained from schools, colleges or universities?

With a growing demand for specific technological expertise, the IT sector has had to move to the specialised core-skills learning that can only come from the vendors - in other words companies such as Microsoft, CompTIA, CISCO and Adobe. Frequently this is at a far reduced cost both money and time wise.

This is done by concentrating on the skills that are really needed (alongside a relevant amount of related knowledge,) as opposed to covering masses of the background 'padding' that computer Science Degrees can get bogged down in (to fill up a syllabus or course).

It's a bit like the TV advert: 'It does what it says on the tin'. Companies need only to know what areas need to be serviced, and then request applicants with the correct exam numbers. Then they're assured that a potential employee can do exactly what's required.

One of the most important things to insist on has to be comprehensive 24x7 direct-access support through professional mentors and instructors. It's an all too common story to find providers that only provide office hours (or extended office hours) support.

Locate training schools where you can receive help at all hours of the day and night (even 1am on Sunday morning!) You'll need access directly to professional tutors, and not a message system as this will slow you down - constantly waiting for a call-back at a convenient time for them.

We recommend looking for training programs that have multiple support offices around the globe in several time-zones. Each one should be integrated to enable simple one-stop access and also 24 hours-a-day access, when you need it, with no hassle.

Don't ever make the mistake of taking second best when it comes to your support. The majority of would-be IT professionals who drop-out or fail, are in that situation because they didn't get the support necessary for them.

Frequently, the typical person has no idea what way to go about starting in the IT industry, let alone which market they should look at getting trained in.

After all, if you don't have any understanding of the IT market, how can you expect to know what someone in a particular field spends their day doing? How can you possibly choose what training route would be most appropriate for your success.

To attack this, we need to discuss many definitive areas:

* Your personality can play a starring part - what gives you a 'kick', and what tasks get you down.

* Do you hope to reach an important aspiration - for example, becoming self-employed in the near future?

* Where is the salary on a scale of importance - is it very important, or do you place job satisfaction a lot higher on your priority-list?

* Because there are so many ways to train in the IT industry - there's a need to gain a solid grounding on what separates them.

* You need to take in what is different for each individual training area.

In all honesty, your only option to research these areas is via a conversation with an experienced advisor that has a background in the IT industry (as well as it's commercial requirements.)

Chat with a practiced advisor and they can normally tell you many horror stories of salespeople ripping-off unsuspecting students. Make sure you deal with someone that asks some in-depth questions to find out what's right for you - not for their bank-account! You must establish a starting-point that will suit you.

Remember, if you've had any relevant accreditation or direct-experience, then you may be able to commence studying further along than a student who's starting from scratch.

For students starting IT studies and exams for the first time, you might like to start out slowly, by working on some basic user skills first. This can be built into most accreditation programs.

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