Three things you wanted to know about CCNA but were afraid to ask

Learn what the CCNA certification can do for your career and how to attain the qualification in the Q&A.

Will a CCNA get me a job if I have little work experience?

Q: I have completed my CCNA certification and also have 1 paper in CCNP (BSCI 642-801 completed.) I don't have any work experience but I want to get good exposure in Cisco networking. My experience is in the field of project management in GSM telecom. I tried applying with my experience but I keep getting rejected by companies.

A: Unfortunately, you are in a sea of others who also meet those credentials so you have some competition. The best way to get ahead is to one up the competition by continuing your Cisco certification career and completing your CCNP.

Unfortunately, the 642-801 has been retired for some time now and you will probably need to start all over with your professional certification track. The good news is you can opt to take a different track if you like and maybe try the popular CCVP instead. Then you could find an organization that needs help implementing Cisco VoIP solutions.

How can I pass my CCNA exams? Is it possible to study alone?

Q: I am new to CCNA and want to learn it without joining any institute. Is this possible? And if so, what is the best way to do it? If possible, I am also willing to prepare for the CCNA exams by self-studying it.

A: It is always possible to prepare for the CCNA exam by self-studying, but it will take some time to get there. As I have mentioned to many before, the best self-studying path is to take the two test option (INCD-1 and ICND-2) so you can focus your concentration and get two certifications out of it when you pass them both (CCENT and CCNA.)

You also need to get access to some equipment to learn the configuration and troubleshooting commands in the Cisco equipment. You have the option of renting online rack time from providers, buying your own equipment (expensive,) or you can purchase a simulator such as Boson NetSim, which comes with predesigned labs.

Finally, you need some good resource materials to learn the objectives of the exams. Cisco Press has some great titles and I am biased to recommend the CCNA Exam Prep 2 book since I co-authored it.

I passed my CCNA but  I don't have my certificate yet

Q: I passed the CCNA exam on October 18, 2007, but unfortunately, to this date, I have not received my certification. Have I been had?

A: I wouldn't say you have been had, but there may be some problems with your address and whatnot in the testing system. I would find the print out of the exam from your testing center (whether it was VUE or Prometric.) If you do not have that, contact them and they may be able to reprint one for you.

Once you have all your information, I would open a ticket with the certification customer help center at cisco and open a case stating your Cisco ID and the date and score of the exam so they can research the issue.

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