I’m a 28years-old Belgian network engineer working for a telecommunication company. I’m currently CCNP and as I don’t work on all technologies on my day-to-day job I found it great to get a full access on this website. I know this platform for a long time, I went here many times when I was looking to deeply understand some topics. Today I decided to be a part of it in order to enjoy all the shared information.
See you around,
Welcome aboard. Good to hear our website is useful as reference material
Any plans for other Cisco certifications or have you had enough for now?
thanks for your warm welcome !
I’m actually not sure if I want to progress further on Cisco cert, I first thought I would give a shot on the CCIE written but at the end I’m asking myself if the EU market has a real demand about it. I would like to have your opinion about it
I’m in a point where I must define the next step, I’m currently working on Wireshark certification, the next step will probably be a security cert (from CompTia maybe) and then from specific vendor like Checkpoint of Palo Alto.
The CCIE written exam alone isn’t worth much, it’s a stepping stone to the lab.
Whether CCIE R&S is worth it or not is difficult to answer. I believe it’s not the holy grail it once was anymore but it definitely has value.
Any CCIE certification takes a lot of time. As a rule of thumb, I always mention it takes about 1000 hours to pass the lab. That’s a lot of studying…you can also spend this time learning about Wireshark, security, python, network automation, some other stuff and still have a lot of spare time. You can get a lot of different certifications in the time it takes to complete one CCIE track, and it’s probably easier to market yourself. CCIE R&S alone isn’t enough nowadays…
On the other hand, adding a CCIE number under your name works in your favor. It’s yours, as long as you re-certify every two years (that’s a pain). It’s similar to a bachelor degree, you add it to your resume and it helps to open doors. If you already have quite some certifications, CCIE is a nice personal challenge as well