1. What's your first name?
2. Where were you born? / Where do you live now?
3. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a Communications Engineer.
4. What's your job title now and what's really cool about your job?
I'm a Network Engineer, but I don’t often use my title, just my name, just Mohamed.
The best thing about my job is that I travel to many airports inside Egypt. Our company implements the network infrastructure and integrates with aviations systems, which allow me to have a complete understanding of how the airports are administrated and operated.
5. What education and training (including certification) led you to where you are now?
I have Bachelor of Engineering degree in Communications and Electronics. I am also a CCNP, CCDP, CCIP, CCVP and in 2011, I earned my CCIE.
6. Why did you decide to go into IT as a career and how long have you been working in IT?
I have been working in the networking field for 3 years, but I started toward that goal 6 years ago. Going into IT had been my dream since I entered college and heard about Networking the World. You cannot ever feel the impact and the importance of the network until you really work in a production environment and see how it can help us and makes our life easier.
Besides, the networking field, from my point of view, is open and offers independence. You can help yourself by yourself. No one can be better than you unless you want him to be. To be the best of the best is in your hands. Get the book. Read the technology. Implement the ideas. And you will get what you want.
What makes the difference between any two network engineers is what they know and how they use that.
7. What professional achievement(s) are you most proud of and what would you like to learn or do next in your career?
I'm so proud of being a CCNA in my 2nd year of college. When I graduated, I achieved all Cisco certifications—I mean most of them.
Sometimes in interviews, people ask me what kind of work I want to do. I say, I'm a network engineer who cares about every single device in the network! I can't imagine myself entering a data center and seeing the racks and saying: This is my rack for Routing and Switching, and those other racks for Voice are for Voice people. I prefer to say: These are all my racks! I can't imagine seeing any device that has a Cisco Logo on it and not understanding what it does or how does it works.
I would like, in the future, to be a quad CCIE, who develops and implements new techniques, and maybe I can become a Cisco employee--that's my main dream!
8. What have you found most useful on the Cisco Learning Network?
I can't say what is the most useful or least useful because the basic reason for creating the Cisco Learning Network is to help us in our career and to provide learning solutions. So what I can say is that I'm really glad and grateful to have a learning network that helps us and makes learning better and easier to get. Thank you to the people of the Cisco Learning Network for helping us.
9. What other resources have you used to prepare for a certification exam?
Well that depends on what resources are available: Sometimes my friends, sometimes Cisco Press, sometimes advice from people who had already passed the exam.
10. What advice would you give to someone considering a similar career / certification direction?
The only advice I can give to those considering a career in the networking field is: Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
The Cisco networking field has no limits. You can get what you want.You will be the only one who puts a limit on yourself if you don’t study and try to get certified.