Information Technology (IT) certifications not only provide employers with a sense of your skill level but show your dedication to go above and beyond standard education and training. When viewing a candidate’s résumé, an employer may favor applicants with one or more IT certifications.
The realm of Cisco certifications can seem endless at first, but people usually start with the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) certification. CCENT affords technicians the ability to install and configure small branch networks. Next, you can earn the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification. While the CCENT focuses on basic skills, the CCNA allows you to pursue several areas of study.
The CCNA specialties include Routing and Switching, Voice, Video, Security, Wireless, Data Center, and Service Provider; however, people usually choose the original CCNA (Routing and Switching) before branching off into other topics. Lastly, you can earn several Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certifications, and Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certifications. The CCNP and CCIE both contain several specialties and prepare you to tackle complex network infrastructures.
Microsoft certifications primarily revolve around various Windows operating systems, and CompTIA focuses on teaching the basics from a vendor-neutral perspective. While these certifications remain viable for certain people, Cisco helps students master numerous levels of networking technologies.
Starting to pursue IT certifications can seem frightening at first, but with persistence and determination anyone can earn the credentials required to advance their career. What do you think? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section, and remember to follow me on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/TechnoTalk85.
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