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      • 15. Re: Changing careers


        Regading the practice - the best way to gain a hands-on is to use the labs (you do not affetc the production network and you can really "play" and experiment). As equipment can be expensive the best solution is to use remote labs. We at NIL (www.nil.com) use them for our internal training as well as offer them to the networking community. In my instructor career I gained most of my practical experience (especially in more complex scenarios) from remote labs.



        I hope it helps.






        • 16. Re: Changing careers
          Juan Manuel

          Dear all,


          This post is very interested, I am 30 years old and I have not any experience in networking.

          I finish this course ,[http://www.thecollege.co.uk/courses/?cid=19840] and my CCNA and in September 2009 I am going to start this FdSc, http://www.thecollege.co.uk/courses/?cid=22170.


          I am trying to gain some experience working in the evening in a small company, and now I have some questions : ).


          Am I to old to start in IT?


          Is this FdSc the best course to carry on with my career plan?


          I speak Spanish, Portuguese and I try to improve my English , can I have more opportunities finding a job in networking speaking these languages?



          • 17. Re: Changing careers


            in reply to Tim Ross and others wondering about how to find work:



            1) if you are in a dead end job it's never too late to get out, assuming you are motivated.



            2) if you are skilled in a particular brand like Nortel and need to break into Cisco find a broad-range consulting firm. You can get in with what you know and then branch out from there. Once you have the Cisco stuff under your belt, if you still want to specialize you can start looking for a Cisco shop will you continue to work as a consultant, earning bread.



            3) don't overlook volunteer work. Shelters (for people and animals), churches, other NPOS, all need computer help and can't afford it. There are contacts to made with the boards of these places, most of whom run other companies in your communities, and they can help you with the "people" networking aspect of your job.



            • 18. Re: Changing careers
              Kailen Harper


              Intresting article at the Register today on the subject.









              • 19. Re: Changing careers

                @ Juan: At the risk of hijacking the rest of the thread (should have started a new one, friend) I would say that no, you are never too old to change careers or start a new field. Somewhere along the line we as a society started thinking in throwaway terms and thus the popular conception is by the time you are in your 30s you are stuck for life. You are however at a disadvantage to someone in their early twenties who have been living and breathing this stuff their entire life. That doesn't mean you cannot compete or even beat them in a job interview. As mentioned earlier there is a lot more considered than just tech skills. Generally IT teams are pretty small and good managers want people who can get along with each other, and be trusted to not rip the heads off peoples heads. Keep that in mind.

                • 20. Re: Changing careers

                  Thanks Jason for your great thread.Hope to see your lots of threads here.


                  Take care.




                  • 21. Re: Changing careers
                    carlos - CCNP, CCSI, CCNA Security

                    I got scared at first when I started reading this but I feel I have to keep learning.

                    I´m a CCNA myself and unemployed and I´m looking forward to get my CCNP.

                    • 22. Re: Changing careers
                      Brett Lovins, Community Manager

                      Very interesting thread. Thanks everyone for your contributions.


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