Learn 7 keys to success in your career as a Cisco networking professional, as taught by Kevin Wallace, CCIEx2 #7945 (R/S and Collaboration). Kevin is the author of multiple Cisco Press titles and is a full-time instructor of Cisco courses.
The 7 keys covered include:
1.Goals, Your Destination Address We need a consistent practice of creating, planning for, and attaining goals.
2.When Life Gets in the Way This key is all about staying on track towards our goals when life serves up its inevitable distractions.
3.The Curiosity Key Cultivating a strong curiosity helps us stay motivated.
4.Time Alchemy There are tons of books today on time management, and we’ll contrast a couple of the popular approaches out there today. Also, we’ll offer a few tips to get you started.
5.Tomes of Wisdom With the availability of e-books, it’s easier than ever to have an awesome technical library. We’ll also practice navigating Cisco’s on-line documentation.
6.Getting Your Hands Dirty Theory is great, but there’s no substitute for hands-on experience. We’ll discuss options for getting your hands on some equipment.
7.A Certified Success Possessing appropriate certifications can help open doors in your IT career.
Kevin concludes each chapter with a “Tales from the Trenches” section, where he illustrates that chapter’s lesson with a real-world story from his career.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book wasn't what I was expecting based on the other reviews. The first half of the book is a very quick primer on goal setting, motivational techniques, and how to get things done. If you've had no exposure to this this kind of thing in the past, this would be valuable. The second half of the book sort of loses focus. There's a section on using Cisco's website rather than using google to find documentation. There's a lot of stuff that reads like ad copy. There are a few stories about time the author spent in "in the trenches." The upshot of the book is that you need to study and be focused to pass Cisco certs, which is certainly true, but not particularly unique. I was personally hoping for a little more insight - the author has written several very popular titles and is a dual CCIE. I wanted more first hand information about "how it's done," but what I got was a quick pep talk, some ads, and "The Man in the Arena." Worth $3? Sure, absolutely. Again, if you aren't...
As one who is about 5 years into his cisco networking career, throughout I have found that one of my greatest needs is not more information and knowledge on the nuts and bolts of networking, but the need for some mentoring/coaching/guidance/inspiration in how to break into and navigate a career in networking. Sometimes this is hard to find. Alot of IT people have a self contained (sometimes arrogant) orientation in their interactions with colleagues and those below them who are trying to grow. On top of that, many IT people are extremely busy and loathe to spend non-billable time coaching/training someone else.
I wish I had this book 5 years ago when I was starting out. Thankfully I had a mentor in my cisco instructor at college, and also some motivational books and cds which got me to take the plunge into a scary new career in my late 30's. I did something similar to what the author suggests in this book, ie making a five year plan. I still have the scrap of paper with...
As CCNP R/S certified, I agreed with mostly of the chapters. Unconsciously I applied much of Kevin's addvice but be confirmed and even better, expanded by an authority in the field as Kevin Wallace, it's priceless.
I enjoyed the "Tale from the Trenches" but the most exciting thing is that the book was wrote in a concise and clear way.
Overall, this book gave me the confidence that I am on the right path on my route to Cisco Career Success.
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