Watz up madlang CCNAers! I hope everything is doing good on your end. Mine? It’s great! I just passed the CCNP Switch exam last tuesday. Can’t express the happiness!
Kagaya nga ng na-ishare ko before, I decided to limit the articles and update on this blog this year-end kasi busy sa work and I am reviewing for my next Cisco certification exam. And after taking the CCNP Switch v2.0 exam last Tuesday, boy I made it! I passed the exam! This is a very nice gift for Christmas and a great way to start a New Year. Yay!
I took up CCNP Switch version 2.0. This is the most updated version of CCNP Switch exam provided by Cisco as of today. Passing this exam renewed my CCNA certification PLUS I’ll carry this CCNP Switch certification on my profile too.
This will extend both certifications for another 3 years. Para maging ganap na CCNP, I need to take 2 addtional exams which are CCNP Route and CCNP Tshoot.
I’ll have that in the future. Ngayon, time to relax and enjoy muna. Time to celebrate. Wohoooh!
My CCNP Switch self-study
This time, I didn’t took a formal training. I just gathered resources and did a self-study. Since kahit papano ay may alam naman na ako, I thought na no need to to enroll for a training. Isa pa, ung mga topics at lessons naman is kasama na rin sa mga ginagawa namin sa trabaho so hindi na ganun kahirap para mag-aral at mag-review para sa exam.
I just read CCNP Switch ebook and watch CCNP switch videos. Then practice the lab and the exam. Self-discipline at effort din kasi gusto ko talaga matutunan yung mga hindi ko pa nalalaman not just for the exam but for my job too.
But before it happened, as I shared before I am a very big fan of planning and settings goals. After deciding(August 2015) that CCNP switch is the exam I’m going to take, I created a simple plan and set my goal. Kagaya din ng ginawa ko nung sa CCNA journey ko. I made a simple excel sheet with schedules and kung anong lessons/topic ang aaralin ko on that given schedule. And I just followed them.
In fact, I also put a sticky note on my laptop para lagi ko s’yang nakikita at nababasa. One way yun para ma-push ang ating brain to achieve our goals.
I spent 2-3 hours on each schedule para manood ng CBT nuggets video or magbasa ng CCNP switch v2.0 ebook. Then on the succeeding month, practice the lab and exams. Paulit-ulit lang. Minsan tinatamad din pero lagi ko pinu-push yung sarili ko to stick on it.
In fact, nag-logoff ako sa facebook for almost a month nung malapit na yung exam para ma-relax at ma-focus sa mga reviewers. Discipline at dedication lang talaga.
Hanggang sa dumating na nga yung araw nung exam and luckily naipasa ko naman.
I passed CCNP Switch exam. Now what?
My initial goal for taking the CCNP switch exam is to renew my previous certification, yung CCNA nga. And now that I passed the exam, my plan is to continue the journey. No plans when I will take the other CCNP certifications but maybe that’s after a year or two na. But that doesn’t mean I’ll stop studying on my own and learn.
My goal is to learn more everyday. To share more on this blog. No plans for finding new job. I’m still enjoying where I am and what I’m doing for now. Please join me to conquer this exciting journey!
This will also be my last post for this year. Time to relax and spend quality time with the family especially it’s Christmas season. Time to enjoy and celebrate. Time to set new goals for 2016. I hope kayo din.
Next year, I’m planning to publish more articles and CCNA tips and tutorials for you guys. We will continue the remaining CCNA lessons about switching then we’ll move to routing topics. I’m also planning to create videos and will try to interview Cisco friends and colleagues to provide you with more valuable information. Just stick around mga idol!
If you’re following this blog for quite a while, I hope kahit papano ay may natututunan ka or kahit papano ay na-iinspire ka.
I’m sharing all of these not to brag or mag-malaki. I’m posting this to share the lessons and provide inspiration to others lalo na sa mga beginners at gustong pumasok sa Cisco networking career.
I’m just normal guy like you. I’m not geek or super-techy like the others. Sabi ko nga I consider myself as a beginner, kasi alam ko na there is so much more to learn. I just set goals and take action. I hope you do the same. Godspeed!
Advance happy holidays everyone. Cheers!