Has anyone ever told you to get Cisco’s CCNA certification if you’re looking to get into I.T.? What if I told you that the CCNA is not and should not ever be …

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  1. Currently working as IT Support for a large retailer. I got my CCENT, it stood out. But honestly I'm not doing anything related to networking :). At least not yet, still studying for CCNA, hopefully I can work on networking at my job someday 🙂

  2. Great video Zach, all the bad things I've heard about CompTIA especially the A+. I'm one of those people who have found it so hard to getting a job in IT with limited experience, I have no idea what to do to get a job in whatever field as long as I have a job, every time I apply I get rejected.

  3. I got my CCNA in July what jobs should i apply for? I have no experience but i do know basic troubleshooting in windows from my home computer. What certs do i need to break into IT or basic where to start? Any help is appreciated!

  4. Excellent video & topic of discussion that sheds clarity over the entry-level position requirements. I've seen some people out there, YouTubers & other connoisseurs etc. who discredit CCNA a bit… and I know it's quite difficult to get. It provided me some closure from the idea/worry that the certification is near to useless and that nobody would value it someone having it BUT also that it's not a requirement for entry-level positions. For me it's more of a requirement if you want to be a network and/or system administrator.

  5. I think you’re wrong only because striving for your CCNA raises expectations. The industry is moving fast to an oligarchy of managed services and an endless supply of L1 technicians who are doomed to stay there.

    Just go on any jobs site and compare entry level roles to mid-career offerings. Next call any software vendors you have in your office and I guarantee you speak to someone in another country, an automated system, or a tech that does not work at the corporate site. Companies always cut costs on the labor side.

    CompTIA definitely had the edge 10-20 years ago, but IMO AWS, MS, and Cisco are entry level once you have an idea what you want to do in IT.

  6. I'm currently a contractor at Google doing the "software" side of things but not as a coder or software engineer. After watching this should I stop studying for it and study for the CompTia network plus? I wanted to be a network engineer so I thought studying for the CCNA would be best. Prior I did hold a IT help desk position and also got to get hands on experience in the server room but nothing extreme. But it was still useful going into DHCP and trying to link up the newly installed classroom ports since there were 2 separate networks for students and staff. But what would you guys suggest? I been watching Network Chuck and was inspired to get my CCNA before it ends this February. I also spent money on CBTNuggets so I don't want to have that be a waste in what I been studying. They do also have CompTIA on there but I found TestOut seemed more intune with the CompTia stuff because that was what we used in my 9 month IT course at Unitek College.

  7. Hi all, these videos are super helpful man. My goal is to switch careers to IT in the next year and a half (wife is changing careers to nursing so I cant make the switch from my current career until she is done) and the biggest question I have is exactly this do i get an IT degree? Do I focus on certs? This is rather helpful, and this video in particular is very helpful as perhaps when its time to make the switch I just try to jump into an entry level position and see how that goes. Keep up the good work my dude.

  8. After 6 years in I.T. (military + civilian contractor), I've decided to leave the field entirely. There's too much pressure to obtain all of these different certifications and honestly, I see them as a money pit to begin with. They're getting more expensive to obtain and maintain (yearly "maintenance fees" make no sense to me). There's also other career related reasons why I'm leaving (wanting more business roles and less technical), but the certs are the main reason why I'm calling it quits. I'll apply my tech knowledge to the field I'm going to (Supply Chain/Logistics), but to actually work on the gear?? No thanks, I did my time.

  9. I will say that the CCNA is a difficult certification. It took me 6 months of studying to be able to obtain it. I attended Cisco Networking Academy, and out of a class of 30 only 2 people were able to pass the certification. So I would agree with you that it is not a entry level cert. All so it goes into heavy detail on outdated tech such as RIP, frame relay, and lease lines which are rarely used in modern networks.

  10. The elitism in the I.T community is quite pathetic. The people who argue the ridiculousness of the CCNA being an "entry" level usually live within there own bubble of reality. Telling someone brand new to I.T to START with the CCNA is totally unreal. There ARE certifications that can serve as prerequisites which WILL help ease the journey towards obtaining the CCNA. A+, N+ could be classified as "entry" level. CCT and "perhaps" even CCENT (although Todd Lammale would say different) can be considered "entry" level. Let's stop the nonsense and squash the toxic "elitism" that has run amok the I.T community. CompTIA certs like Security +, Linux+, CySA+,PenTest+ and definitely CASP+ are great certs to get. Come with the silly nonsensical gibberish, I'll deal with you accordingly.

  11. Here is my experience with this. Most likely, if a job requires an A+, but you have a CCNA instead, you have a good shot at the job. Bear in mind, that there will be pc repair and windows info you wont know, if all you know about IT is what you learned preparing for the CCNA. Having said that, you probably didn't get the CCNA for a job that the A+ is design to prove you can do. You got the CCNA because you want to be a networking specialist specializing in cisco switches and routers. And here is the problem. These jobs are not entry level and you will have a hard time finding such a job with your CCNA if you do not have experience. What is unfair and frustrating is that you don't need a lot of expertise. A year might be enough, but the sad truth is that you might not he able to get that experience.

  12. What about someone who already has had an entry level IT job but was recently promoted to a Tier 2 level technician (mostly dealing with VOIP but also troubleshooting networks, mainly Cisco and Juniper switches and routers). I’m thinking now is a good time to start thinking about the CCNA

  13. Thanks Zach,

    My A+ was definitely beneficial to getting my first full-time tech job. Like you always say about the experience though I really think my internship was the strongest factor then my degree, then my A+. I think trying to get CCNA as the first cert is demoralizing. I now have CCENT and CCNA but it was a long painful process getting those certs. And without the experience on my resume to back it up have no idea how long it will take to get an employer to give me a shot. I have an associates degree in networking and two cisco certs, so when the new exam drops I will be grinding out the CCNP. My hope is that by that time someone will take me seriously enough to let me get away from the helpdesk.

  14. Cisco CCNA is NOT an advanced cert. The CCNA is NOT an extremely important cert. The CCNA is a cash cow because you are REQUIRED to have it to go for CCNP. Anyone who comes to me and says they have a CCNA and says because of that they know networking, I do not believe. I just took the CCNA last week and almost failed because it consisted of acronym memorization and frame relay and ATM questions. I've been in networking for 3 years at three different companies and have never touched the stuff I was tested on. I somehow got lucky guessing on the answers.

    All said and done, CCNA is a worthless certification.

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