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I PASSED!!! Now....What should I do

Jan 20, 2009 11:57 AM

ahurtadove 25 posts since
Oct 3, 2008


Well, first of all, I PASSED!!!!!!!!!!, I guess it wasn't such a difficult exam only for one of the sims that had me there for about 30 minutes. I'm really happy about that,

all my family and me were celebrating yesterday, couple of champaing bottles

because for me this is a great achievement and it was a joyful time....




the day after.... what is my next step???.... I'm really into security,

guess I will be buying some ccna Security books (IINS) to get me going

but I think that is not enough. I have always wanted to have some kind

of mentor to guide me through this.



I'm 24 and this year I will be

graduating from college in computer science, been working a year in a

cisco larning partner (I studied there too) where sometimes I teach

non-official courses and I'm suposed to be a network consultant (only

the name not the practice, only fixing computers and putting some

faceplates with no manageable network equipment whatsoever, only

servers which I don't know how to manage)..... I want more!!! I want

some challeging scenarios but I guess in my country it's difficult to

get such job if one does not have any contacts in big enterprises.



I'm telling you this so you can guide me a little more in my career, I read a good post answere by Mr Grant Sauls (sorry if I misspelled it) and it got me on a nice mood for studying some more on other topics.



Just need some guidance and it would be appreciated if some of the big knowlege guys in here help me a little in this one



  • Frank Henderson 33 posts since
    Jun 25, 2008
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    1. Jan 20, 2009 12:07 PM (in response to ahurtadove)
    Re: I PASSED!!! Now....What should I do

    Let me start by telling you congrats

  • B Haines 660 posts since
    Jun 28, 2008
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    3. Jan 20, 2009 1:58 PM (in response to ahurtadove)
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    Start working on the concentrations.. Pearson Vue has a special going.. 1 free retake if you fail a concentration! It's a good deal..


  • GSauls 825 posts since
    Nov 3, 2008
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    4. Jan 20, 2009 2:02 PM (in response to ahurtadove)
    Re: I PASSED!!! Now....What should I do


    Hi Ahurtadove,



    Firstly, Congats and well done on your pass. I always tell guys to enjoy every pass and certification achievement as it is the end result of some good and bad times but ultimately you finished and passed.



    Now onto the What Next part. i always prefer to get some background before offering advice or making suggestions as it's important to understand what you are passionate about and what is the end goal you are striving for.



    So here's what i know about you. Your 24 and from what i can tell highly motivated to achieve, you show signs of being patient which i can write is running thin. You seem to real passion for security.... One of my questions will be what in Security do you like??? i see you want to do the CCNA security but you don't sound to sure.... Do you like R&S or would you be interested in looking at Wireless security as well. You could possibly focus a small amount of attention to IT business security certification as an add-on.



    So let me know what country you from and we at the CLN can see how much we can assist you with moving forward....



    Look out for comments from Conwyn, Scott, Makro, Bhaines, Mike B. these guy have expertise in different area's of Cisco and other certifications as well.



    i will wait for your reply and try and assist you as best as i can.



    Well Done again and welcome to the CLN... We always happy to here somebody new has passed and is one of us.



    Grant Sauls



    p.s. i appreciate the comment regarding my post you read... i glad to be able to assist in any way.



  • B Haines 660 posts since
    Jun 28, 2008
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    5. Jan 20, 2009 2:05 PM (in response to ahurtadove)
    Re: I PASSED!!! Now....What should I do

    By the way, congratz! Sorry in a hurry! LoL

  • lerdalt 40 posts since
    Jun 26, 2008
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    6. Jan 20, 2009 4:10 PM (in response to B Haines)
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    First off Congrats, it is always such a relief to see that congratulations on the screen and realize that your hard work did pay off.



    I remember when I finished my CCNA asking the same question. For me, I had to ask myself what I wanted next, where did I want to go. I ended up going for the CCNP, I wanted a deeper understanding of routing and switching, and this was a natural path. Of course, when I finished the CCNP, the same question popped up. Wanted to have a better background with QoS and was my next step.



    It looks like you have started to ask the same question of yourself, and have an interest in Security. Definitely is a good career path, and would be a very interesting path to choose. Starting with the CCNA Security Concentration would definitely be a good place to start, but I would definitely recommend looking into continuing onto the professional level certs.






    Best of luck



  • Richard Allan Kelley 20 posts since
    Aug 30, 2008
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    7. Jan 20, 2009 6:28 PM (in response to ahurtadove)
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    Congrats! So what is next? I felt when I took my CCNA years ago to go for the CCNP. My best suggestion is to stay focused. You mentioned you will be graduating soon. Focus on completing that acheivement. But do not stop either with your certification venture, I also suggest to continue learning. I realized after years between my tests is that the certification track builds upon each other and you need to stay focused and complete the certification in a timely manner.



    Good luck!






  • 528 posts since
    Apr 14, 2008
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    8. Jan 21, 2009 8:28 AM (in response to Richard Allan Kelley)
    Re: I PASSED!!! Now....What should I do

    Congratulations and welcome to the Cisco Learning Network. We look forward to hearing more from you!




    Cisco Learning Network Moderator

  • TX858 183 posts since
    Sep 29, 2008
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    9. Jan 21, 2009 2:57 PM (in response to ahurtadove)
    Re: I PASSED!!! Now....What should I do

    Congratulations ahurtadove!


    You have much to be grateful for. CCNA at age 24 and graduating college this year. Sounds as if you're off to a great start!


    Follow your dreams my friend!



  • Venita: Official Cisco Team 105 posts since
    Feb 19, 2008
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    10. Jan 21, 2009 3:53 PM (in response to ahurtadove)
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    Congratulations! Well done and thank you for sharing your wonderful news on the Cisco Learning Network.



    Community Mgr. Team


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