Community Member Story:  Rickey Keith, Senior Network Engineer

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    Rickey Keith, Senior Network Engineer

    Cisco Learning Network Member since: July 2008

     

     

     

    Where were you born / Where do you live now?

    Memphis, Tennessee


    When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

    When I was a child I wanted to be a business man, but when I was a junior in high school I really felt drawn to network engineering.


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

    I am a network administrator. I work for a regional hospital in memphis, and it's really cool. I get to use my IT skills to help people get medical attention. it is really great to make a difference like that.


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

    I have an AAS and a BS in networking from a private institution. I have my CCNA, CCNP, Security+, MCP. I'm working on my CCNA voice and the goal is to have CCIE R&S by end of 2010. They helped me master the skills that I use every day in my job. I also get to teach those skills to upcoming engineers and that puts a smile on my face. 


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

    I really enjoy electronics and I believe it will shape our future. I've been in IT for about 6 years now.

     

     

     

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

    I am really excited about learning more about VoIP and I look forward to getting my CCIE R&S next year.  I believe in myself to achieve it.  I am really proud of my CCNP.  It is a really diverse certification and I wish I used a wider range of skills from that certification.

     

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

    I think the ability to collaborate with engineers from all over the place is really cool. When you collaborate you always get someone else's opinion or perspective and only good things can come from that (mostly!)

     

     

     

    What other resources have you used to prepare for a certification exam?

    I REALLY recommend cisco press! I always enjoy using the testout program from www.testout.com. CBT nuggets is a really nice product as well. I wish I had the chance to own more of them to assist me in teaching.

     

     

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

    I would always encourage people to continue learning and really DIVE into technologies. There will be people here on this community to help you understand where you don't. If you show initiative, you will succeed. The only bad questions are those not asked.