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On this short article, I will share my personal story how I became a CCNA certified. Here it goes.
I got my first job on June 2008 after graduating in college. My first job was I.T Support in a small office in Makati.
Being a fresh graduate, I immediately grab the opportunity. My responsibility was to support and maintain the computers and other devices in the office.
I learned a lot on that job since I don’t have so much hands-on experience in computers back then. It was the best training ground for me because I gained more practical knowledge and hands on experience on that job.
I resigned after 2 years of working as an I.T Support to find higher position and much higher salary. And I was hired as a Technical Support.
Working as Technical Support
I was hired as a Technical Support in one of the largest foreign BPO operating here in the Philippines. It was another leap of faith in my career ‘coz that was my first call center experience.
We’re still doing I.T support and troubleshooting of computers but different setup since it was through the phone with the customer (U.S and Canada) and remotely fixing issues.
Here are some pictures when I’m working as a tech support.
I am not a good English speaker that time (hey there’s an improvement now. Haha) and I am not aware of how a call center setup works.
With all the faith in the world I overcome all the fear and challenges on my technical support career. In fact I was promoted as Level 2 and received several awards during those times. It really pays to step up and conquer your fear.
During my technical support years, I was involved and became part of some training that made me aware of bigger I.T infrastructure.
I realized that in large corporations and companies, it is not simple how computer and network work like in small ones.
All access and all devices, including traffic and all data are being manage and monitored. And that’s where I heard and knew Cisco.
Through some network trainings and tutorials I became aware of “high end” devices being use by large corporations and companies. PLUS, when I was promoted as L2, I became friends with other knowledgeable I.T individuals that were CCNA certified and know more I.T knowledge than me.
That became my “AHA” moment and I told myself that I want to be CCNA certified too.
Being noob I was, I digged the internet for all FREE CCNA and Cisco resources. I read blogs, articles and watch videos online to learn more.
I starved for knowledge and became more hungrier to learn. Being CCNA certified or other Cisco certifications came with many benefits. I set a goal to myself and promise to be CCNA certified.
My CCNA self-study journey
Upon realizing that I want to be a CCNA certified too, I work on my goals. So I made I plan how I can acquired a CCNA certification without spending too much money.
Enrolling in bigger schools and private institution for full time course cost a lot. To make it short, here’s what I did.
- I gathered FREE resources and self-study on free time (PDF, books, videos)
- I read, watch and practice almost everyday (using GNS3 and Packet tracer)
- After 3 – 4 months of self study, I enrolled on CCNA bootcamp fast track training on October 2012.
What is CCNA Bootcamp?
CCNA bootcamp is a fast track training tackling all CCNA topics in just a matter of week or 5 straight days. Sometimes classes are split over consecutive weekends.
Although the price is low compared to full time courses, you’ll be bombarded with information and more likely be overwhelmed. I was. My mind almost blown given I am new to Cisco and CCNA career.
My self-study was a great help as I heard and knew some basic information before. PLUS, the trainer was great. Ms. Len of MNET is one of the best I.T instructor I knew.
So I finished the 5 days straight of CCNA bootcamp overwhelmed. Although I learned a lot, I still forgot other important topics. I am not ready to take the exam yet.
Dahil nga beginner lang ako at started as 0-knowledge, na-information overload pa rin ako sa ibang advance topics.
I continue my self-study for another 2 months. Reviewing all the information and topic from the resources I have. I scheduled my exam last January 16, 2013.
So I took the exam on January 16. I took the CCNA composite exam. And luckily I passed.
That day, I became CCNA certified.
I am CCNA certified, now what?
As I planned way before, after passing the CCNA certification exam, I updated my resume and applied to almost all CCNA related jobs available online. Asking several friends and contacts to refer me to a new related career.
After several interviews at several companies, I got hired as a NOC or service desk in my present company right now. It’s really an advantage if you got certification like CCNA.
As a NOC, I became more aware of how bigger network and I.T infrastructure works. I came across to high-end technologies and devices which I never heard before.
Meron kaming “bird’s eye view” ng buong I.T infrastructure dahil kami ang may hawak ng monitoring.
Kami rin ang nagha-handle ng mga “outages” at tickets kaya naging familiar ako sa mga common issues sa different technologies including in the network.
My CCNA knowledge helped a lot in understanding those technologies. Although not applying the knowledge hands on, I can understand how the concept works.
After a year (2014) of working as a NOC, it came as a blessing that one of the Network Administrator position opened in the same company I am working.
And by the support and advise of my family, girlfriend (now my wife) and some office friends, I applied on the position. And boy, I was hired. I became a full network administrator since then.
Right now, I’m still working as a network administrator and applying all the CCNA lessons I learned along the way. I learned so much today (I mean so muuch!) than what I knew before and I’m continue learning more.
I work 4 days a week with the privilege of working from home. Yay! How good is that?
I’m with a great and awesome team in a good company and I’m enjoying what I am and where I am right now.
Thanks to God for all these blessings.
If you read this far (thank you!).
My apology for sharing my story too long but that’s how I travelled my I.T career journey so far and how I became CCNA certified.
Right now, I’m still on my way to a bigger career and brighter future. We should never stop learning and investing in ourselves. 🙂
I hope you find my story inspiring. And I hope you got valuable tips and knowledge on my personal journey. If you’re a beginner or just starting out in your CCNA career, I wish you luck and good vibes. Just continue and remain focused on your goal.
As I started with very little knowledge, I know you can do it too. Invest in yourself and in knowledge. That may requires time, money and effort upfront but the rewards are awesome and over-flowing.
To our success, cheers!
P.S. My journey continue and I passed the CCNP Switch exam too. Read the start of my CCNP journey here. Thank you!
There’s a lot of things happened since I wrote this article. I guessed, it’s my responsibility to provide you an update.
Here’s my story again(in video) and what I’m doing right now.
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