Baby Boomer Seeking CCNA Certification

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I'm 54 with little Cisco experience. I flunked the 640-801 test (647) after
studying with SkillPath CBT's and CertBlasters. Can anyone tell me if the
study materials were a bad choice and also, is it too late for me to get
into the Cisco arena?



Re: Baby Boomer Seeking CCNA Certification
On Mon, 21 Jan 2008 10:17:01 -0500, Hawk wrote:

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It's never too late.

Have you worked in IT? How much computer experience do you have?

I'm 43 and have primarily worked with linux for the past ten years. I'm
taking the 640-802 Cisco Netacademy courses through a local community
college, mostly with kids half my age. Right now I'm taking switching and
wireless, the third of four 8-week classes. It's a lot of work but I
believe you get out what you put in.

Personally, I think memorizing brain dumps is the wrong way to go. How
much are you going to remember six months down the road if/when you're
actually handed a router to configure? IMHO, you're better off taking the
classes and putting the time in.

Re: Baby Boomer Seeking CCNA Certification
Thanks Carbon for the info...


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I agree , it's never too late. I'm 46 and just started my CCNA (CCENT)
online training. I'm trying to go through the whole program and
finally get my CCIE by the end of 2008. It's a hell of a lot of work
and requires tons of revciew over and over and over.

Does anyone know how I can get virtual labs to configure stuff ?

Re: Baby Boomer Seeking CCNA Certification
Dude- I am a CISCO alumni, (newly so) stick with it.... Life experience is
worth its weight in gold, and reflects the reliability of the engineer. Go
for it and become more positive in your thinking than you have ever been.

Good luck----- DO IT.
me@dennispatton.co.uk


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Re: Baby Boomer Seeking CCNA Certification
Thanks for the aspirations dude

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Re: Baby Boomer Seeking CCNA Certification
You just started your CCNA and are looking towards a CCIE before the end of
the year?????
One step at a time please or you may fall.  Please target the CCNP next and
put off the thoughts of the CCIE until you finish the
CCNP/CCSP/CCDP/CCIP/CCVP or whichever "professional" level exam that you
select to be next.  Rememeber that the CCNP (if you continue in support
certification) is 4 additional tests beyond the 1 CCNA test.  If you are
stuck on test #1 of 5 then consider that the BIG #6 will be more of an
undertaking.  CCIE is a written pre-qualification ($300?) followed by the
immense on-site lab ($1250?) which brags an average 70% fail rate.  Going
CCNA and then proceeding onto CCNP with a lateral additional CCVP, CCDP, or
CCSP can be very benficial.

Hawk, for CCNA training and study, I recommend Wendel Odom's CCNA study
guide book because of his work as an author: ISBN 1587201836 /
978-1587201837.  Anything by him is a pretty decent book because of his
complete discussion of topics. I highly recommend his work.

C = Cisco
C = Certified
? = Whatever you selected: Networking, Voice, Design, Security, Internetwork
. . .
? = Whatever level you are: Associate, Professional, Expert

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Scott thanks for the information - Do you know how I can get virtual
labs to configure routers, etc... ?

Re: Baby Boomer Seeking CCNA Certification
Scott, I amused at what I wrote in the original thread, I meant getting
my CCNA, I obviously made a mistake. CCIE is not in my radar at all as I
understand that years of experience in Enterprise networking provide me
with the best preparation for a CCIE. Thanks for the advice on study
materials.



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Re: Baby Boomer Seeking CCNA Certification
Dynamips.  Google it.


Derick Winkworth
CCIE #15672






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Re: Baby Boomer Seeking CCNA Certification
On Jan 24, 8:25=A0am, epsteinow...@gmail.com wrote:
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Hi there,

Here is a link to a CCNA Lab Simulator: http://www.t2000inc.com/CCNA_Labsim /=
index.html

Although it mentions INTRO & ICND, the former CCNA curriculum, it has
been updated to reflect ICND1 & ICND2 the current CCNA curriculum.  It
retails at $150, unlimited lifetime license.  You can email
CiscoLearning@t2000inc.com to order.  We also have CCNA lab racks, I
could see about renting you lab time.

Carbon, thanks for the plug for training!  I work for a Cisco Learning
Solutions Partner, Tech 2000.  We have been a tier-1 partner since 99,
but have been doing Cisco and IT training for much longer.  I know
there are a lot of self-study options out there, and that not everyone
can afford the cost of an official Cisco training class or the time.
That's what I like about Tech 2000, though, we have all sorts of
learning options, e-Learning and instructor led.  We have a very
creative approach to helping our customer achieve the training (or
certification) goals they have.  And we work with all kinds of budgets
to help people obtain their goals.  For anyone on this group, please
don't hesitate to contact me!

http://www.t2000inc.com

Hope this information helps,

Laura


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On Jan 24, 8:25 am, epsteinow...@gmail.com wrote:
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Hi there,

Here is a link to a CCNA Lab Simulator:
http://www.t2000inc.com/CCNA_Labsim/index.html

Although it mentions INTRO & ICND, the former CCNA curriculum, it has
been updated to reflect ICND1 & ICND2 the current CCNA curriculum.  It
retails at $150, unlimited lifetime license.  You can email
CiscoLearning@t2000inc.com to order.  We also have CCNA lab racks, I
could see about renting you lab time.

Carbon, thanks for the plug for training!  I work for a Cisco Learning
Solutions Partner, Tech 2000.  We have been a tier-1 partner since 99,
but have been doing Cisco and IT training for much longer.  I know
there are a lot of self-study options out there, and that not everyone
can afford the cost of an official Cisco training class or the time.
That's what I like about Tech 2000, though, we have all sorts of
learning options, e-Learning and instructor led.  We have a very
creative approach to helping our customer achieve the training (or
certification) goals they have.  And we work with all kinds of budgets
to help people obtain their goals.  For anyone on this group, please
don't hesitate to contact me!

http://www.t2000inc.com

Hope this information helps,

Laura


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I am using the same tools (SkillPath CBT) - but, also I'm using
several internet resources and the ICND1/ICND2 series of books by
Odom. I would recommend using multiple sources of material. SkillPath
takes a different approach then the Odom books. I am doing the online
with SkillPath but also using a lot of other books for review
material.  Hope that helps!  Also, once I found my footing I was able
to feel much more comfortable with the process of studying and
learning after 20 years of not taking any source of academic training.

Re: Baby Boomer Seeking CCNA Certification
Hawk,

Never too late man.
Always learn, and learn all ways...!

finding a start-up job might be a challenge though, unless you have server
experience to couple your newly-acquired CCNA.

I started my CCNA almost 10 years ago now, and I just picked up a book and
studied it.
CBTs are okay for refresher type of study, but IMHO if you're just starting,
read the book.
You don't have to remember all of the book, but you'd be surprised down the
road at how much information actually stick in your head.

Theiss.

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Re: Baby Boomer Seeking CCNA Certification
Thanks dude



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