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How Will Power Can Turn You From a Techie Wanna-Be Into a Full-Blown Network Specialist in One Month

How Will Power Can Turn You From a Techie Wanna-Be Into a Full-Blown Network Specialist in One Month

A lot of career talk around the internet mentions will power and latching onto the drive deep inside you to grit through the hard parts of work to come out on top with your dream career.

The problem with a lot of this advice is that it’s watered down. It’s talked about so much that it’s become cheesy and something you roll your eyes at rather than taking seriously.

Most of the time, the people giving this advice are only half-heartedly echoing what they’ve heard from slicked-out self-help life coaches with the hopes that they’ll get people to jump on board with whatever ‘great’ idea they’ve got to offer.

But hardly ever do any of them give the practical advice and steps you need to actually get things done.

They leave out the most important parts of the advice they’re giving, which is why we so often ignore them.

But, enough of bashing the advice givers on the internet. It’ll get us nowhere.

The point is, you want to work in tech.

Maybe in network administration and support, and we’ve already promised you in the headline that we can prepare you to switch to your dream career (and make around $70k or more per year) in less than a month.

So let’s get to it. Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of how we’re going to get you into your dream tech career as a network support specialist quickly.

We offer an 80-hour course (20 days, 4 hours each) for people wanting to enter the world of tech via jobs like Network Technician, Junior Network Engineer, Network Operations Center Engineer, or Network Administrator.

The course is broken down into four parts, each one highlighting key takeaway skills that will propel you towards success in testing for employer-recognized certifications.

  1. CompTIA Network+ (5 days)
    • The foundation-level skills you need to install, operate, manage, maintain, and troubleshoot a company’s network of computer systems
  2. CompTIA Security+ (5 days)
    • Understanding network security and how it relates to all areas of IT, preparing you for deeper knowledge in different fields of IT security
    • Prepares you to pass the CompTIA Security+ SYO-401 certification
  3. Interconnecting CISCO Networking Devices Level I (5 days)
    • Learning how to install, operate, configure, and verify an IPv4 or IPv6 (internet protocol version 4 or 6), including an LAN (local area network) switch, configuring IP routers, connecting to a WAN (wide area network), and how to identify common security threats
  4. Interconnecting CISCO Networking Devices Level II (5 days)
    • Prepares you for work as an entry-level network administrator to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot a company’s computer network by focusing on troubleshooting common issues, configuring within IPv4 and IPv6, understanding WAN technology, device management, and CISCO licensing

Trying to find these four classes independently, within a month time frame, and then budgeting or applying for financial aid for each on your own can be a nightmare. (And heaven forbid any of your independent classes would get re-scheduled, blowing your entire time frame to pieces.)

LeaderQuest offers ONE comprehensive Network Support Specialist program, complete with certification prep, to get you fully qualified to enter into one of several different network career categories. And our career services team will help you with financial aid resources, so that’s another big headache you don’t have to worry about.

You complete one course per week, either on a day time or night time schedule… whatever best fits your lifestyle, work, and family needs.

You commit yourself to be as fully focused to the courses as possible, but since it only takes 20 days (night courses take a bit longer, but they’re still pretty quick), it’s usually a fairly sustainable way for people desiring a full-blown career switch to learn what they need to know so they can get their employer-recognized certifications and move forward.

How Our Students Boost Their Will-Power to Make it Through the 20 Days

Yes, we realize that finding nearly a month to dedicate to education can be tough… especially if you’re not an early 20-something college student with few responsibilities.

  1. Have one to two month’s worth of expenses in the bank. Even if you’re working part time and don’t need it, this money pillow will relieve any stress of financial burden and give you the peace of mind to focus all your mental power on learning your course material and passing your certification exams.
  2. Secure some financial aid. Chances are, with your new career, you’ll be able to easily pay off this loan, and any interest you incur will pay for itself. We’ve got some resources to help you do that here. We particularly recommend checking out the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act.
  3. Let your family and friends know what you’re doing and how important it is. That way they’ll be less likely to ask for favors or place more responsibilities on you during this time.
  4. Dedicate one hour every morning, preferably right after waking up, to study your course materials.

 

Finding the ‘Will Power’ Isn’t as Difficult When You’ve Got the End Goal in Mind

Twenty half-days of full-blown classes and at-home study can seem intimidating. But it’s a heck of a lot less intimidating than finding the funds and the time for a two or four year degree, wouldn’t you say?

And when you know 100% that at the end of it you’ll have the certifications to land the exact jobs you want in network support, 20 days is suddenly just a blip on the timeline of your career… but a blip that propels you in the exact direction you want to take.

Request information on our Network Support Specialist IT Career Training Program here. There’s no obligation, but it’s the easy, first baby step you need to take to make your career dreams come true.

I Passed My CCNA…What Now?

I Passed My CCNA…What Now?

You should feel a great sense of pride and satisfaction once you have achieved your CCNA certification. The biggest question is, “What do I do now?” Don’t let your time, effort, and money go to waste! Utilize this new certification to boost your IT career!

What you can do with your CCNA certification depends on your current situation. If you are new to the field and looking for your first IT position, then your strategy would be very different from the experienced IT pro who has recently obtained their certification. In either case, the good news is that the CCNA certification from Cisco is considered to be a valuable and highly sought after credential, so job opportunities should be abundant.

Here are my thoughts on how to proceed for both the new entrant to the IT field and the experienced IT Pro:

CCNA Without Experience

Never stop learning!

Working with technology means that change is part of our daily lives, so we must stay current with the latest advancements. Staying on top of the advances in a given field or area of expertise is critical to your relevance in the work place, so take advantage of all learning opportunities. Join study groups or Meet Ups to learn from others in the field, read blogs and Cisco websites to stay on top of new or evolving technologies. One strategy that I have found critical is leveraging Twitter which can funnel information to me rather than spending hours searching the Internet to find important announcements or relevant changes.

Socialize

Utilize social networking tools like LinkedIn to promote your newly acquired certification and effectively connect with other professionals and placement specialists. Also, attending Cisco conferences can help you meet the right people to further promote yourself. Again, join various study groups and learn enough to become a presenter/mentor for others.

Gain real-world experience

Hands-on experience in a production environment can further set you apart from other candidates, so be willing to gain experience through different channels. One solution would be to purchase a home lab and work through all the setup, configuration, troubleshooting, security and optimization procedures taught in your studies for the CCNA. Labs kits can be purchased off of eBay and can be a difference maker when it comes to thoroughly understanding these technologies.

Also, pursue other forms of experience by offering your services for free. For example, work as a volunteer for smaller companies who may not be able to afford high priced consultants and full-time IT staffs. Often family and friends work for or know of small companies who need some basic assistance with networking, etc. so become a valued technologist by assisting these companies free of charge or perhaps at a discounted rate.

Experienced IT Pro

Explore new technologies

Few technologies have the staying power to be relevant throughout your IT career, so be open to learning new technologies which can lead to new opportunities. Be willing to self-study some technologies in order to gain a rudimentary understanding of potentially relevant fields of study.

Embrace the Cloud and Security

The cloud and cyber security are two areas of interest are two of the most sought after skill-sets and will likely be in demand for several years, so embrace learning and being an advocate of both of these fields. Both may require a steep learning curve and constant attention to evolving technologies, but these types of skill-sets will certainly open doors for qualified practitioners. LeaderQuest offers a complete Cyber Security program and also several individual cyber security courses.

Network

Engaging with other technical specialists can be enlightening as to what skills gaps you may still have and can assist with improving your overall understanding of this constantly changing field. Take opportunities to attend sponsored events and conferences to learn the latest technologies directly from the experts.

 

If you haven’t achieved your CCNA certification yet, stop thinking about it and just do it! The bottom line is that the CCNA certification can help you boost your career and increase your pay. You will need to network, market yourself and your certifications, and continue growing your skills and experience. Our Network Support Specialist training will prepare you for the CCNA certification and help boost your professional profile.