Getting started on the road of Cisco certifications can seem like a long, hard, expensive commitment—especially if you’re just starting out and know you want to get all the way to the architect level.
But just because you’ll spend countless hours studying and a couple thousand dollars on test fees over the course of getting your Cisco certifications doesn’t mean it won’t be worth it in the long run.
In fact, quite the opposite is true.
In the end, IT certifications usually end up paying for themselves many times over with increased salary and the peace of mind that comes with job security.
Since offering the CCNA-Security (Cisco Certified Network Associate) certification in our CCNA training Network Administrator course, we’ve seen droves of students set out on the course to better careers with Cisco certifications and with the higher salaries and job security they get from it, they’ve never looked back with regret.
How Cisco Certification Works
In the 1980s, Cisco was founded as a routing company and added switching in the 1990s. As time went on, they added other technologies, and the journey from their most basic to their most advanced certifications reflects this same route in added technology.
With the CCNA training course, you first learn routing and switching. As you go along, you learn about wireless, data centers, voice, and so on.
To begin the Cisco journey, the CCNA courses Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1) and Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 (ICND2) are the first step and prerequisite for any other Cisco courses. Even if you only really care about data centers, you still need to start from the ground up since that’s how Cisco has designed the training.
So in the case that you do not want to pursue a routing and switching path, the steps they’ve designed still improve your career over time and give you the more wider-reaching knowledge to be better at your job than the majority of your peers.
1. Land More Interviews with Certifications
As it turns out, years of experience actually have little to do with proving you know your stuff to hiring managers.
“If I were to filter resumes based on years of experience,” said Marcus Fan on The Cisco Learning Network, “I would find that many candidates would not meet the technical requirements for the positions needed despite the years of experience.”
“My last several openings I’ve received 30-60 applicants each,” he went on. “Since it’s difficult to gauge a candidate’s expertise, many recruiters will then narrow candidates based on referrals or IT certifications.”
So if you don’t know a guy who knows a guy, then it seems like having a legitimate, third-party certification (like Cisco’s CCNA) on your resume will increase your chances of landing an interview even more than having years of experience.
2. Higher Lifetime Earning Potential with a Cisco Certification
Especially for full-time or part-time workers, one of the main oppositions to studying for Cisco IT certifications is the time it takes to do so.
Our Network Administrator Program, for example, lasts for 10 days, and each session is half a day each. If you work full time, the time away from your job means you’re missing out on a weeks’ worth of total income, which can make a difference when your bills come due.
However, one weeks’ worth of income pales in comparison to what your potential salary could be just a few months after completing the certification… not to mention how much more you’ll earn over the course of our lifetime.
According to Payscale.com, the average salaries for someone who earns just the basic CCNA Cisco certification broken down by job title are approximately:
- Network Engineer: $49,000 to $105,000
- Network Administrator: $41,000 to $82,000
- Sr. Network Engineer: $72,000 to $135,000
- IT Manager: $54,000 to $132,000
- Systems Administrator: $44,000 to $87,000
Quite a difference, don’t you think?
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3. Get Irreplaceable Job Security After CCNA Training
In line with what Marcus Fan was saying about job candidates with IT certifications being more likely to land interviews, candidates with Cisco certifications also enjoy far greater job security than those who don’t… simply because they’ve taken the time to prove that they know their stuff.
Here are some experiences from people who’ve taken the time to get a Cisco certification:
“As a CCNP/CCDP for the past 10 years, I have never had to worry about getting interviews and landing great jobs in the Network Engineering/Architecture career,” said Robert L, a Data Center Networking Infrastructure Specialization Field Engineer in Nevada. “Not to mention portability. The certifications give companies assurance that as a candidate, I know my stuff. Whatever industry!”
“You’ll probably never have to look for a job and you’ll be paid top dollar for what you know,” said Sufyan Ali Shaikh, a bank Network Engineer.
Don’t Wait… Take an Easy First Step Right Now
More interviews, higher salary, and job security—who doesn’t want that?
We’re not claiming that a Cisco CCNA training certification is the magic bullet to IT career success, but we are saying that it’s something that will help you out immensely.
And luckily, getting started isn’t hard. We’ve got information ready to send you that will help you figure out the best course timings for your schedule, and easy payment plans to fit your budget.