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Published:  2012-10-25 Views:  531
Author:  Junious
Published in:  Podcasts
The CCNA is the usual starting point for all training in Cisco. This allows you to work on maintaining and installing switches and routers. Basically, the internet comprises of vast numbers of routers, and large companies that have several locations rely on them to connect their computer networks.

Successfully achieving this qualification will most likely see you working for big organisations who have many locations, but need to keep in touch. On the other hand, you might end up joining internet service providers. Either way, you'll be in demand and can expect a high salary.

If you haven't yet had any experience of routers, then the CCNA course is more than enough - at this stage avoid being tempted to do the CCNP. After gaining experience in the working environment, you'll know if it's appropriate for you to go to the level of CCNP.

Does job security truly exist anymore? In the UK for example, where industry can change its mind on a whim, it seems increasingly unlikely. However, a marketplace with high growth, with a constant demand for staff (due to an enormous shortfall of fully trained staff), creates the conditions for lasting job security.

The Information Technology (IT) skills deficit around Great Britain currently stands at approximately 26 percent, as noted by the 2006 e-Skills investigation. Quite simply, we can only fill three out of 4 positions in the computing industry. This single reality on its own clearly demonstrates why the country requires a lot more workers to get trained and enter the IT industry. No better time or market state of affairs is ever likely to exist for getting certified in this swiftly expanding and budding market.

Don't put too much store, as a lot of students can, on the accreditation program. Your training isn't about getting a plaque on your wall; you're training to become commercially employable. Begin and continue with the end in mind. It's common, in some situations, to get a great deal of enjoyment from a year of study and then spend 20 miserable years in a tiresome job role, as a consequence of not performing some quality research when you should've - at the outset.

Make sure you investigate how you feel about earning potential and career progression, and how ambitious you are. You should understand what industry expects from you, which particular accreditations they want you to have and how to develop your experience. We advise all students to speak with an experienced professional before following a particular retraining program. This is required to ensure it features what is required for the career that is sought.

One feature provided by many trainers is job placement assistance. This is to help you find your first job in the industry. The honest truth is that it's not as hard as some people make out to land your first job - once you're trained and certified; the shortage of IT personnel in Britain looks after that.

You would ideally have CV and Interview advice and support though; and we'd recommend everybody to update their CV right at the beginning of their training - don't procrastinate and leave it for when you're ready to start work. Quite frequently, you will be offered your first position whilst still on the course (even when you've just left first base). If you haven't updated your CV to say what you're studying (and it's not being looked at by employers) then you won't even be considered! You can usually expect better performance from a specialist locally based employment agency than you will through a course provider's national service, because they will be more familiar with the area and local employers.

Do ensure you don't invest a great deal of time on your training course, just to give up and expect somebody else to find you a job. Stand up for yourself and start looking for yourself. Channel as much resource into finding your first job as you did to get trained.

For the most part, your typical student doesn't have a clue how they should get into a computing career, or even what market to focus their retraining program on. Therefore, if you have no experience in the IT sector, how could you possibly know what a particular IT employee fills their day with? Let alone arrive at what certification program is the most likely for your success. To get through to the essence of this, we need to discuss a number of core topics:

* Personalities play a starring role - what gives you a 'kick', and what are the things that really turn you off.

* What time-frame are you looking at for retraining?

* Have you thought about salary vs job satisfaction?

* Understanding what the normal Information technology types and sectors are - and what differentiates them.

* How much time you will spend on the training program.

For the average person, dissecting so much data tends to require the help of someone that can explain things properly. And not just the accreditations - but the commercial requirements besides.
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