Community Spotlight Awards - Presenting Our WinnersThe Cisco Learning Network team is pleased to announce the winners of our Community Spotlight Awards for this round.


What we find amazing about our community members is their commitment to advance their own professional development and still have a strong desire to help educate others along the way. The peer-to-peer support is simply incredible, and that alone helps make the Cisco Learning Network a powerful online resource for those who want to start and advance their IT career.


The growth and success of our awesome community would not be possible without the tremendous help and support by our members. Thank you all for making this a great place to connect, collaborate, and share experience and knowledge to help each other become certified IT experts.


Today we are excited to highlight and recognize two deserving members for their contributions and efforts. Thank you for lending your personal time to help your peers and having a positive impact on our community. We would like to show appreciation in the form of a Community Spotlight Award.


Our winners for this round are...


Members' Choice: Mustafa

Technical Excellence: Jonathan


Welcome to the family of spotlight award recipients.


Lastly, we wanted to give a special thank-you to the members who submitted their nominations and helped us select our Members’ Choice winner. We appreciate your participation.


Please join us to congratulate our winners in your comments below. You can also learn more about them by watching the short video and reading the Question & Answer section below.





What education and training (including certification) led you to where you are now?


Mustafa: My high school was a School of Electrical Engineering. This led me to Faculty of Electrical Engineering, so I graduated at Faculty the Electrical Engineering at the University of Sarajevo. After graduating from faculty, I got my first job where I started learning. A few years later I got my first certificate CCENT. It was the starting point for the next certificates CCNA, then CCNA Voice, CCNA Security, CCDA, CCNP and CCDP.


Jonathan: My current training is focused on Cisco's Expert-Level Training for CCIE Routing and Switching v5.0 and CCIE Routing & Switching materials from INE.


What's your job title now and what's really cool about your job?


Mustafa: My current position is a network engineer, and primary job is designing, planning, implement and support network infrastructure based on Cisco Technologies (switching, routing, security, voice, wireless). But of course, I also work with other equipment of other network companies. For me the best part of my job is working with people in different companies, in different parts of my country and have the pleasure to help people to solve their problems or give them help in their business.


Jonathan: I am a Senior Network Engineer; I enjoy the variety and have some great colleagues.


Why did you decide to go into IT as a career and how long have you been working in IT?


Mustafa: I'm always interested in communication, in radio communication and electronics. But when I met computer networks for the first time, I was pointing to that direction.


I’ve been in IT industry before I finished faculty. But officially I am 19 years in the IT industries from time when I got my first job.


Jonathan: My father worked in IT. I remember picking up a copy of "A Book on C" by Al Kelly and Ira Pohl about 25 years ago; I have been working in IT for most of the time ever since.


What professional achievement(s) are you most proud of and what would you like to learn or do next in your career?


Mustafa: The experiences in networking and the way of how to access the problems. I'd like to get CCIE R&S or go deeper in Network and Cyber security.


Jonathan: I am proud to have survived the ups and downs and made it this far. Among other things, one of my next personal targets is the CCIE R&S.


What have you found most useful on the Cisco Learning Network?


Mustafa: Definitely “IT Training Videos & Webinars”


Jonathan: Being able to connect with so many helpful and knowledgeable individuals who are on a similar journey.


What advice would you give to someone considering a similar career / certification direction?


Mustafa: It is very simple. Get basic knowledge of networking, start with CCENT and get CCNA. During your learning or job, try to find what is your preferable subject: switching & routing, security, collaboration, data center, cyber security or maybe programming and try learning and practicing whenever you can. Also try to get the knowledge that you need for life/work to get jobs that make you happy. Finally, do not stop learning. Discover what your interests are in your study, learning and workplace and explore.


Jonathan: Carpe diem


Bonus Question: What is your all-time favorite movie, book, or song?


Mustafa: “Amadeus” M. Forman, “War and Peace” L.N. Tolstoy and “Brothers in Arms” Dire Straits  


Jonathan: I am listening to Dogs by Pink Floyd while typing this.