So far prepping for my ROUTE exam has been difficult, various life circumstances have been making it challenging to stay consistent with my studies. At this point I have completed just the 1st chapter of the book, I am currently behind and not keeping up with the original proposed schedule:
||April 9th – 15th
||Only Chapter 1 Completed
||April 16th – 22nd
||Beginning Chapter 2
||April 23rd – 29th
||April 30th – 6th
||May 7th – 13th
||May 14th – 20th
||May 21st – 27th
||May 28th – June 3rd
||June 4th – June 10th
A quick update regarding where I’m at and where I am going. Currently I have my CCNA and CCNP certs. I received my CCNP cert in January of 2015, which means I have to retake the exam again soon. With all CCNA and CCNP Cisco exams you have to re-certify every 3 years, so I’m due to retake my CCNP in less then a year. Thankfully you don’t have to take all three exams, just one of the three will refresh the NP status.
Its been a long time since my last blog post. Over a year in fact, January 6th, 2016 was the last post. Well, life knows how to throw road blocks at us and steer us in a different direction. All in all, I am back to seriously pursue my CCIE. If anyone is reading this welcome back, if no one is reading this, well, then nobody is reading this :).
Before I start with all the technical posts I want to share a bit about the direction of my journey and the purpose of this blog.
Networking has been a passion of mine since I was young. Growing up I always saw myself doing something in the telecom industry, however, I was always told to pursue something else and reminded that the outlook for job growth in this field did not look promising. Due to various influences in college I pursued courses that did not relate to networking, yet inside myself I knew I really wanted to pursue a career in this field.
After a few years of taking various courses, unrelated to networking, I began a two year program that got me started in the Telecom world. Till this day I have no regretted my decision. After graduating from college I soon found a position at a local ISP where I have been working for the last few years.
Being in the industry I see how massive the world of networking is and the many opportunities there are. Working with different technologies has fueled my interest in routing & switching, not only troubleshooting but also implementing/designing the networks. After college I studied for my CCNP R&S certification for close to 2 years, it was a difficult journey, but a very rewarding one. Getting the certification was great but it showed how much more there is to know.
My hope for the future is to work in the industry, learn more in the field of networking, and share my knowledge with those who are interested. The blog will contain a lot of technical posts which will be things I’m learning, but I will also share personal challenges/successes as I grow in the industry, and any interesting material related to this field.
At the end of the day this blog is my networking journal, if a few people find some of the information helpful that will be an added bonus.