What's Your Story: DelVonte Deary
"It's tough, stressful and you will most likely work non-traditional hours and have a lot of studying and reading to do to keep up with the changes, but if you enjoy a challenge, go for it".
As a child growing up in Los Angeles, DelVonte imagined himself in a variety of different professions: archeologist, lawyer, and even computer engineer. He moved to Oregon and his passion for networking determined his career direction and Cisco Certification became a goal. Having achieved his that goal up to the CCNP level, DelVonte is still eager to continue on to earn his CCIE.
What's really cool about your job?
As a Sr. Network Engineer for Serena Software, I get to work in a dynamic environment that's constantly being driven by changes in the software industry. It keeps me on my toes, and I'm rarely bored. Another awesome thing is that I got to travel to Sydney for a week. It was the first time I had been overseas, and it was pretty awesome."
How do you know what you know, and what resources have you used?
I studied computer engineering for four years, and when I first picked up a networking book a few years ago, the sub-netting was the easiest thing to grasp. Now that I've gone deeper into QoS, PBR, and so forth, I find that the programming classes make those topics a lot simpler. My CpE background has translated in a lot of ways.
My training has been all self study with help from fellow network engineers online, primarily on The Cisco Learning Network. The certifications have given me the opportunity to learn in a structured manner using CiscoPress self-study materials. That's how I got to where I am today.
Thanks Cisco, CiscoPress, and all the great authors and editors that contribute to the awesome treasure trove of Cisco Certification Guides and learning materials. I haven't really used anything besides Cisco Cert guides, Design Guides, Cisco.com documentation, and, of course, The Cisco Learning Network to prepare for exams up to the Professional level. I did purchase my own equipment to prepare. For the CCIE RS written exam, I'm just using the Cert Guide and other books on the reading list. Now for the lab prep, I haven't decided on a learning strategy yet.
What advice would you give to other Cisco Learning Network members studying for a certification?
"It's tough, stressful, and you will most likely work non-traditional hours and have a lot of studying and reading to keep up with the changes, but if you enjoy a challenge, go for it".
Now it's YOUR turn: What's Your Story?