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Hi everyone, im ccna certified and im trying to find out the following in order to develop my skills against employment. 1. What are the management tools mostly used by network engineers in uk. 2. Routing protocols used in UK 3. WAN connections used 4. Change control process 5. Incident input process 6. Service level agreements 7. Problem management. 8. Mpls/vpls 9. Vpn technologies 10. Firewalls- ASA. 11. Ping tools. Thanks everyone.

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Hi, I've just passed my ccna icnd2 and looking to get an entry level job in uk. I also have comptia A+,Network +. Im presently studing soft skills in windows to get me ready for the market. However i don't have any experience in IT. Im changing career from the transport industry which I've been working close to 20 years. Im in my mid 40s. I need to get a good cv, can anyone recommend anyone to help with cv, i don't mind paying for it. Im based in the uk. Many thanks.

You need to lay of the certs now.. Im also based in the UK, have worked in IT for 3 years and have only the ITIL cert.. you dont want to over certify it can really hinder you when looking for helpdesk jobs. At your current state you need to focus on brushing up your CV and your interview skills. If you need help with your CV try https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/ its free provided by the UK government, they helped me bigtime with my cv.

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Original Poster1 point · 4 days ago

Ok thanks so much for your help.

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Hi everyone, can anyone pls recommend a good website or company in UK that can help with cv, i dont mind paying for it. This is my first cv in IT. I currently work in the transport industry for almost 20 years so im a bit rusty in CVs. Ive just passed my icnd2. Thanks all.

Probably a better question to ask of /r/ITCareerQuestions/

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Original Poster1 point · 4 days ago

Thanks

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Hi everyone, nice to join the elite club here. I've just passed my ccna recently and was wondering if it's adviceable to continue to prepare for ccnp as i don't want to loose focus and relax. Im not working in the industry at all and no experience. Im still searching for any entry level desk top job or entry level NOC jobs, nothing yet so far. Im in my mid 40s and changing careers from the transport industry to IT in the uk. I've done A+, network +, and now icnd1 and now icnd2. As im writting this im also learning desk top stuff. will greatly appreciate any advice from u guys. Thanks so much.

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Your question isn't really CCNP related, but more it career advice related, so you're probably better of asking this in the /r/ITCareerQuestions sub. That being said, here's my 2c.

If you have your CCNA but you're not working in IT, the first thing I'd suggest is to actually get a entry level network function. You'll learn a lot of things that you can never learn by just getting your CCNA. It will also make it easier to study for your CCNP. Even if you manage to get CCNP, but without any job experience, that will look very strange. So go look for that entry level networking position.

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Original Poster1 point · 4 days ago

Ok thanks so much for the advice. I will be looking at that.

At the end of the day, improving your skills and keeping your existing ones fresh is not going to harm you at all. I broke into the industry around 3 years after getting my CCNA, and while I could pick up what I had previously learned relatively quickly, these skills were nowhere near as sharp as if I had been actively studying or using them during that time.

Experience is what counts though, so even if you got a CCNP you'd still be cutting your teeth in an entry level NOC job or suchlike, but assuming you have the talent and skills then it will probably mean quicker progression.

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Original Poster1 point · 5 days ago

Thanks so much, i understand experience do play a major role rather than certs, i don't want to forget all I've done if i don't get a related job since im still searching for an entry level jobs.

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Original Poster1 point · 5 days ago

Thanks mate! Will start my NP studies from Mid July.

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Congrats, do u have experience since u said u're starting Np in mid July.

Original Poster1 point · 5 days ago

I actually work as a net admin for a SMB. We have mainly Cisco switches so that's where I get my hands on.

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Ok, i passed my icnd2 last week as well but I have no experience. I was thinking maybe i should start preparing for Np as well but not 2 sure so im asking for advice.

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Hi everyone, first of all i would like to say a big thank you to u guys for all the contributions towards my achieving icnd1 and now icnd2. Its been a long road for me but its all good. If u all remember some time ago i was the one who was asking for advice where to start from and which jobs i could apply for as im changing careers and in my mid 40s. I had a few interviews with my icnd1 but no job yet. I hope with the full ccna i would be able to break through. I used a lot of materials from Jeremy chiora to kelvin Wallace to Neil Anderson and the main text by wendell odom, networklessons, A few more videos on YouTube which i can't remember their names. I passed my icnd1 in November last year and have been studying off and on till now. This was my 2nd attempt on icnd2. First time was a week ago while trying to answer one of the simulation, it crashed and had to guess the remaining answers. I contacted cisco but they said because the other parts of the exams had no problems there was nothing they could do.. The advice i can give is make sure u read the text, it might not have meaning at first, complement it with good videos and do a lot of labbing, know your commands and u will be ok. If possible i would appreciate advice on where to go from here in terms of further certifications and best jobs to apply. Is there anyone who recently got a job with ccna and no experience and recently qualified in uk?? Kindly advice how to go. Thanks so much everyone. N. B kindly send me a cat if its still in vogue.

My number one fear is having to experience a system crash in the middle of testing. Pearson or Cisco should at least give a re-try to those that experience such problems. Still congratulations OP.

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Original Poster2 points · 6 days ago

Honestly it was very demoralizing but i just decided not to loose hope, cisco said there was nothing they can do about it cause other part of the test was fine, it was just one of the routers and i couldn't use any of the commands on it to get my answers on the sim. Was very frustrating. I just had to be strong and re-do it. Thank God it went well.

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I'm sure you'll get a networking/IT related job soon. Congratulations by the way.

Question: Did they make you pay for the additional test?

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Original Poster2 points · 6 days ago

Yes, they said nothing could be done.

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Hi everyone, i need your honest advice as im getting confused. Im currently studying for icnd2, ive done A+, network + and icnd1. Im hoping to become a network engineer in future. Im presently changing careers from the transport industry to IT. Ive been in transport for almost 20 years, hence no experience at all in IT. I've applied for series of desktop jobs in uk but to no avail. Now i was made aware by a friend i need to have some windows knowledge or certs to at least get me a job, and it will help in my future network roles. Problem is all the windows certifications will take a long time to achieve or study. Can anyone recommend any windows/ server training i can do, any advice is appreciated. Thanks everyone.

I mean, if you're doing basic entry level support I don't feel windows certs are needed. It's more about knowing how to find and change settings and navigate around. Just set up a vm and play around a bit and memorize some of the Cmd commands. Beyond that, tedious as it is skim job postings for what type of you're looking for and see what companies are asking for. Then see what skills those certs focus on. Some companies are more concerned with you having skills over certs

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Original Poster1 point · 2 months ago

Ok thanks so much. Do u think windows 7 should cover most of that?

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I'd honestly recommend starting with windows 8/8.1 and at least a little bit of 10. most companies are getting rid windows 7 if they haven't already since microsoft isn't supporting it anymore. 8/8.1 is what you're going to run into the most at the moment though some are slowly moving over to 10. I mean, it's not going to make a huge difference if you're just doing stuff in cmd or control panel but typically you do need to know how to navigate around so it helps.

Edit - I'd appreciate knowing why my experience in tech support is getting downvoted.

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Original Poster1 point · 2 months ago

Apologies, I've just noticed the voting mistake, im not 2 familiar with how it works. Im just learning my way around. Apologies.

Ok thanks so much. Though i will endeavour to be there. A quick advice from u if u don't mind. I work in the transport industry at present, london transport precisely. Ive been into customer services for almost 20 years. Im changing to IT, I've done A+, network + and Ccent. I don't have any experience in IT at all. I've also applied for so many entry level jobs but to no avail. Though i got some telephone interviews. What is your advice, should i stop applying and focus on finishing my icnd2? Any other suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Original Poster1 point · 2 months ago

Networking field is open for everyone. If you follow some basic steps you can definitely be a part of IT industry as 'network security engineer''. This webinar is focused on 'real-time' aspects of network security where the mentor would be guiding on 'what we actually need to do to get a job in networking field." Only completing CCNA or ICND certification is not going to help anyone in real world.

To answer your question " yes, you can enter in networking world". By seeing your background u have lots of experience in customer support/service which is always considered as baseline for any IT support function. I recommend you to keep your focus on ''how to be a network engineer'' rather then following any certifications.

See you on the webinar :)

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Ok thanks so much

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Hi everyone, i need an honest advice from u all. Im currently based in the uk, im in my middle 40s and work in the railway industry. I have done A+,Network + and ccent. I have no experience in IT at all. Ive been looking for an entry level jobs, apprenticeships etc but to no avail for sometime now. Should i just focus on my icnd2 for now maybe I'll get something after i get certified. Thanks all.

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Original Poster1 point · 4 months ago

Oh my goodness thanks so much for the info provided. I wish everyone could be as honest as u are. I really appreciate the detailed info. I didn't realise all these especially regarding apprenticeship. I work for the underground at the moment. I think my best option is to get my 2nd part of ccna and go for python, PowerShell and linux command line like u suggested. What sort of roles can i apply for if i get python, PowerShell and linux command line coupled with what i have already. ( A+,NETWORK +, and Ccent). Thanks once again.

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Original Poster1 point · 4 months ago

Thanks so much for your advice, its been truly helpful. My plan is to definitely go for a junior network engineer role. Most of the other desktop jobs tends to request for a year or 2 experience, that's why i thought applying for apprenticeship will be better. I'll do as u have said but first sort out my icnd2 and take it from there.

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Hi all, im in my middle 40s and looking to change careers to IT. I currently work in the transport industry for close to 20 years in the uk. So i don't have any cv in any other field. I studied economics in the university many years ago. I've also done foundation certifications in prince2 and apm. Recently i did A+, network + and ccent. Im also currently working on my icnd2 which i hope to achive in about 2 months from now. Im happy to do any desk top job but my destination job will be in networking or become a network engineer. I know its extremely hard to get even an entry level role in networking, hence my decision to do any other entry level IT jobs for the some time. My main problem is how to draft my cv as i don't have any experience in IT except for the few certs stated above. Can anyone pls help with an example of how to go about writing the cv. What desk top roles can i apply for? Im so sorry to throw this long story here, im just desperate and need help. Thanks everyone.

I'm also in the UK, 32 years old and have gotten a networking job with no experience because I'm studying for my CCNA and I'm currently doing a degree in computing and IT with the open university.

Be a people person who is very interested in customer service and has a life of experience to draw on. Big up the fact that you're excited about learning new things.

Remember there aren't enough network admins around so people do want to hire you. The issue is getting past human resources who generally don't know what the company really needs.

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Original Poster2 points · 5 months ago

Thanks so much for your encouragement, what sort of stuff can i put on my cv to attract employers apart from my certs. I've worked for the underground as both station staff which involves customer services and a driver.

Your work for the underground alone says that you've got experience working in a team (strong communication skills) and you're accomplished in handling customer queries and issues. Remember IT is customer service as much as we wish it wasn't some days.

Try to have a bit on being a well rounded person who wants to break into a new industry and is excited about being able to constantly learn about new technologies.

Have a look at what other buzz words are currently in job adverts for big companies as smaller companies do copy/paste from them sometimes.

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Original Poster2 points · 5 months ago

Ok thanks

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Hi all, im in my middle 40s and looking to change careers to IT. I currently work in the transport industry for close to 20 years in the uk. So i don't have any cv in any other field. I studied economics in the university many years ago. I've also done foundation certifications in prince2 and apm. Recently i did A+, network + and ccent. Im also currently working on my icnd2 which i hope to achive in about 2 months from now. Im happy to do any desk top job but my destination job will be in networking or become a network engineer. I know its extremely hard to get even an entry level role in networking, hence my decision to do any other entry level IT jobs for the some time. My main problem is how to draft my cv as i don't have any experience in IT except for the few certs stated above. Can anyone pls help with an example of how to go about writing the cv. What desk top roles can i apply for? Im so sorry to throw this long story here, im just desperate and need help. Thanks everyone.

Totally agree with the resume thread. The other thing to consider is how to find something you're pretty decent at and become an SME in that. It took me like 6 years to realize that was a great way to leverage myself into something new. So for instance - I got handed the 3COM NBX system (first one that did SIP ... kinda - long story) - I took that experience and became the SME for it because it sucked and no one else wanted to do it.

This turned into asterisk, then call manager, then route/switch, then security and now I do cloud security with CI/CD stuff. Making yourself a SME in something is the best leverage you can have to move up.

Also - definitely get your CCNA. No one will pretty much consider you other than maybe an MSP without one. Once you're done DON'T STOP - just roll on into NP and keep the train rolling.

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Original Poster1 point · 5 months ago

Thanks for your advice, to be honest that was my plan, to get my ccna before amything, but a friend who's already in IT suggested i should get a 1st or 2nd level desk top technician role along doing my icnd2. He said since i have A+ network + and icnd1, it should get me into 1st level technician role... To be honest, im well confused.

  1. Check out the wiki at the sidebar and find "The resume" also would be good to have a read of the whole page
  2. Also checkout r/cscareerquestions they have a thread every sunday on Resumes
  3. Check out the "daily resume thread" out at: r/cscareerquestionsEU
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Original Poster1 point · 5 months ago

Thanks for advice. Will have a look

A question for the guys who got a job without experience, im currently in the same situation in uk. Im changing careers. I've done A+, network + and ccent and working on icnd2 which i will hopefully achieve in 2 months from now, but no experience. I've had a deep look at most of the desktop entry level jobs, their requirements are mostly out of the window and unreachable for people like me. What sort of things do people like us put on the cv? I currently work in the transport industry in the uk for almost 20 years. Can anyone pls help with a sample of how to go about doing the cv for desk top roles. Thanks guys.

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Hi all, a long time lurker here. Passed with 865 today after 4th attempt. Decided not to give up and pushed on. Ive been studying off and on since march this year. Its been a long road as im in my mid 40s and looking to change careers to IT. Dont have any experience at all in networking. I used odoms and lammle's book, boson exam sim, kelvin wallace video, and CTB nuggets. Also did a lot of practice with packet tracer. Hope I'll be an inspiration to anyone thinking of giving up. A bit of rest for me today and move to icnd2 next... any cat for me? Thanks.

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brovo good sir... i too am in my 4o's and starting cold.. no certs for me yet though..

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Original Poster1 point · 7 months ago

Thats good to hear, At least im not alone. I started with comptia a+ and did comptia network + before heading into ccna.

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Hi, I'm changing careers and want to go into IT, I've recently done A+ , Network + and currently studying for icnd1. What sort of entry level jobs can I get or apply for after completing ccna without experience. I'm in my 40s and changing career. I currently work for train operating company in uk and have an unrelated degree. I would appreciate any honest advice or if I'm just wasting time and resources. Thanks in advance. I forgot to add, my main plan is to work as a network administrator.

And contracts end :-(

And what scares me about contracting is the learning curve. You are probably not going to have very good documentation [previous contractors are not known for leaving good documentation] and will most like be judge, jury, and executioner [architect, tester, implementer] at most of these companies that need a quick contract to redesign/modify/improve their network. I've heard contractor horror stories.

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It's hit and miss. I've been on contracts that were pretty well manged and others that weren't.

It's a pretty great way to learn a bunch, because most of the time if you meet the requirements, you'll get the contract... which is scary, but also a pretty good learning opportunity.

I wouldn't worry so much about unemployment is a good life if you live in a big area. NYC, Chicago, DC. etc. Areas like that you can go with very little time being unemployed.

It's also nice if you're the kind of person who likes to work in sprints. I've got a buddy here in Chicago who will do a 3-6 month contract, then take 2ish months off and vacation. Not really my cup of tea, but if that's a lifestyle that lines up with yours it may be something to consider.

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Original Poster1 point · 1 year ago

I wouldn't mind that kind of lifestyle to be honest, I'm not sure if we have such jobs in the uk

Original Poster1 point · 1 year ago

Totally agree

Original Poster1 point · 1 year ago

Thanks! Exam difficulty was about what I expected. The toughest thing for me was how nervous I was (the 3 hour round trip to the testing center didn't help). In regards to time, I probably went faster than I should of (had 20 or so mins left when I finished); if I'd settled down I might have snagged a few extra points.

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Hi, congrats, where did u get practice list u used with packet tracer labs? Can u kindly tell us where u got it or post it here for us to practice labs as well. Thanks

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