Overwhelmed with training options

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I received my electrical engineering degree in 1990.
In 1997 I quit to stay at home and raise my kids.

I'm ready to rejoin the workforce, and I'm interested in
IT/Networking.

Going from Cisco's website, I found that courses are available right
here at my local community college, but I've missed them and they
won't be offered again until Fall.

I started looking into online training, but I have no idea how to
evaluate them...there are so many.

Can I get some advice?

Re: Overwhelmed with training options
On Feb 13, 9:54=A0am, Mitch@_._ wrote:
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There is enormous amount of information and a free Cisco lab on this
site: firewall.cx It has everything on this site, I am sure you will
find it very useful. I got the link from my CCNA 1 & 2 classes and
refer to it often.  Hope this helps! Teecie

Re: Overwhelmed with training options
Mitch@_._ wrote:
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If you have an EE, I would recommend not doing any training and just
buying the self-study materials available through CiscoPress.  I would
follow that up with the Boson practice tests and simulator.  I think
that will cover you through the CCNA.

http://www.ciscopress.com/bookstore/product.asp?isbn=1587201836&rll=1
http://www.boson.com/Product/CIS-KK-ICNDCCNA-01.html





Re: Overwhelmed with training options
What if I don't know what a MAC address or a broadcast frame is.
Will this take from the ground up?

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Mitch@_._ wrote:
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Yes.  Plus there are too many resources on the internet to count that
you can rely on.  Such as the Networking Forums, this newsgroup, any
number of on-line Cisco study forums, etc.


Re: Overwhelmed with training options
Mitch@_._ wrote:
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Yes.  Plus there are too many resources on the internet to count that
you can rely on.  Such as the Networking Forums, this newsgroup, any
number of on-line Cisco study forums, etc.


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So if I self study for CCNA, can I expect to get an entry-level job in
IT, even without experience?

We're getting to move closer to the Chicago burbs, and I see there are
a ton of jobs posted.

Re: Overwhelmed with training options
Mitch@_._ wrote:
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Interested in working in Milwaukee?  I could get you an interview there
provided you get your CCNA, at a technology company that manages
hundreds of networks...

If you get your CCNA and you know how to interview, and you are clear
with your prospects that you are working towards your CCNP or VP or IP
or SP or something more... then yes... I think you should be able to
find work.




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