I have spent more than 20 years in my career, and I have about 15 years until my retirement. I started with technical support and ended up in unified communications, but I spent most of my time networking at all levels. Now at a bend of life, I am evaluating how to utilize this last chapter of my professional life.
A viable alternative is to return to the Cisco networking. In this case, as I recommend to newbies, the certification has a crucial but limited role when you apply for a job. If I am sure of my intention, I should also add necessary up-to-date certificates to my inventory. I only had an expired CCNA certificate from 2007 until now. That’s why I started researching the new Cisco Certification Track.
- The new certification track looks prominent than before
- Even CCNP certificates do not require any prerequisites
- However, the exams seem more massive, so I am afraid to start with CCNP
- They are still expensive. 300$ for CCNA worth it for sure, but a significant amount of money for me.
- They add some scripting/automation subjects that need clarification
The new CCNA Exam (200-301) will be available at the end of February 2020. I should start studying today to catch this train.
Note1: There is nothing about the content of this new exam on the certification site. The same generic sentences repeat everywhere. Two links worth visiting;