Maybe not epic, but a win nonetheless.
My boss is over all the network guys in the company, and that includes guys that support different divisions and departments. He told me he was tired of waking up at 2am every morning to fix a problem the other groups can’t handle, so he’s working to get the junior guys motivated to learn for themselves. One technique he’s implemented is to force them to get their CCNAs and JNCIAs by June. Since he made it part of the job description, that means that everyone above the Analysts has to meet those requirements, too. I made the deadline with plenty of time to spare.
Do you remember the full day off of work I had to take to sit the CCNP exams? The 2-hour drive to a prison town, lunch, a 2-hour exam, and 2 hours back? That sucked. I live in a major metropolitan area now, so my travel time to the nearest testing center is 45 seconds. I mean, literally 45 seconds. It’s right across the street from my apartment complex. Easy walk if it wasn’t so cold. That’s good, too, because I showed up this morning, and the center didn’t have any power! Someone plugged in a coffee maker in the break room, and power went out in a whole wing HCG of the building. Since I always get there early, I was actually able to drive home, wait for them to fix the problem, and still be there at my scheduled time. Convenient for sure.
I must say that the exam was pretty darn good. It may, in fact, be the best IT exam I’ve ever taken. The breadth of material was awesome; it had questions from the absolute basics to some of the stuff I saw on the CCIE R&S written. Since I’ve been doing networking for so many years and have my string of certs, the exam was pretty easy to me, but I’m sure an absolute network newb would find the material’s scope a little overwhelming. The exam scores very high on the fairness meter, as well. The questions were clearly written; the exhibits were legible and well-marked. Best of all, there were no real trick questions. They asked what they wanted you to answer and provided the answer to you. There were no assumptions or judgments involved in trying to figure out what was being asked.
Overall, I was very impressed with the exam. Two thumbs up. I can only hope the rest of the exam in the track are this good. I won’t know until after I pass my CCIE lab, though. :)
certification delays questions my way.