A big hello to all the former, current and future Network Academy students out there in the community! I was asked to casually blog about life as a Cisco Network Academy alumnus. I am not the best with introductions, but let’s see where this goes.
Originally from Canada, I joined a Network Academy in 2007 and began with the basic IT Essentials course and made my way through the CCNA and CCNP curriculum. Somewhere after the first CCNA course, I became quite obsessed with networking technologies and pretty much gave up all my hobbies and activities to focus on this never ending material. I was offered a part time job working in the college IT department for the Network Academy and accepted so as to gain experience. Working has been fun, as I have had the opportunity to help manage and configure NDG NetLab topologies, move over an entire production network to a new location, and deploy/troubleshoot some of Cisco’s newest and best equipment! To be honest, I still enjoy studying and playing on my rack of equipment better!
Even though I am now part of the alumni, I don’t think I will ever stop studying. The moment you learn something new, a whole other can of worms is opened up for you! It’s truly incredible. I recently completed the CCIE in Routing and Switching, and have fallen in love with voice technologies. For the next year or two, I will be focusing on working towards Cisco’s CCVP certification, and you might see my enthusiasm for it peeking out in some of my posts on CLN.
The Cisco community is like no other, I hope you enjoy your stay!