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Re: RAWK IT professionals - any career advice?
« Reply #160 on: September 26, 2018, 09:55:10 AM »
The foundation course i did alot of self learning for it and had a book called: PRINCE 2 for beginners by Bryan Mathis. i found this easy to follow and it has a sample exam in the back which helped. I had an internal online package to supplement this too but i'd recommend the book.

So my recent career escapades are currently up in the air. What is it with last minute job scope changes!

In the meantime, I've treated myself and brought this book. Time to see what it's all about.
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« Reply #161 on: October 5, 2018, 03:54:58 AM »
Any network engineers on here? I have had ccna routing and switching on and off for 10 years and after doing it 3 years ago, moved on to ccna voice and passed. I recently recertified using icnd2 exam, so kept ccna voice and r&s alive. I really want to step up and study and take the ccnp route exam now. Main reason is i have been at the same level for a long time, second reason, a lot of network jobs seem to be aimed at ccnp accreditation. The problem i have is limited exposure to 'real/production' networks as I'm not really a network practitioner. That being said i have an awful lot if exposure to lots of different technologies, Linux, sql, Windows server, sip, voip, vmware, cisco switches/routers, ip multicast, hp servers/chassis based blade, voice recording. I'm considering getting into something a bit more focused, like network engineering.

Any advice appreciated.

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« Reply #162 on: October 5, 2018, 12:48:29 PM »
Any network engineers on here? I have had ccna routing and switching on and off for 10 years and after doing it 3 years ago, moved on to ccna voice and passed. I recently recertified using icnd2 exam, so kept ccna voice and r&s alive. I really want to step up and study and take the ccnp route exam now. Main reason is i have been at the same level for a long time, second reason, a lot of network jobs seem to be aimed at ccnp accreditation. The problem i have is limited exposure to 'real/production' networks as I'm not really a network practitioner. That being said i have an awful lot if exposure to lots of different technologies, Linux, sql, Windows server, sip, voip, vmware, cisco switches/routers, ip multicast, hp servers/chassis based blade, voice recording. I'm considering getting into something a bit more focused, like network engineering.

Any advice appreciated.

I'min a very similar position to you! I got my CCNA R & S last year but don't have access to anything at work.... it's a catch 22. Can't get a job as a network engineer (or move to network team at my work) without the experience, and can't get experience without the job.

I'm thinking about doing the CCNA Security (partly to keep my R&S active).

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« Reply #163 on: October 6, 2018, 07:29:09 PM »
A colleague at work also did the Security exam and said it was hard and i think the pass criteria is more points. Definitely worth doing these days, especially if it keeps your CCNA R&S alive.

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« Reply #164 on: October 10, 2018, 05:19:55 PM »
There's loads of really interesting posts about 'Agile' from page 3 onward on this thread so not going to quote them all.

Since getting PRINCE2 certified I have began getting very VERY interested in Agile Values and Principles.  Defo looking seriously in taking the 'APMG (AgilePM)' or 'Prince2 Agile practitioner' certifications next.

People said Prince2 qualification opens doors and hell they were right.  Once i got Prince2 qualified a few weeks back i started applying for jobs and have just had a really good initial phone interview for a Home Based Delivery Manager role for a Digital transformation company based in London. Most of the time is spent on government sites and it pays twice the salary I'm on now!!!  It also helps I am already NPPV3 and security cleared which is a stipulation for this role.

Anyhow, The job description says Scrum certification (Product Owner or Master) is essential.  I haven't got any Scrum certs and nor does it say anything on my CV whatsoever about Scrum.  I didn't dare mention Scrum on the call and I'm praying they will be prepared to take me on without this and maybe even put me through the training.

Either way by the end of all this I'm going to have PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner,  Agile Practitioner and Scrum Master (CSM).  That should just about do it.

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« Reply #165 on: October 19, 2018, 05:12:27 PM »
Sorry lads I've gone to the dark side and yesterday secured a Business Analyst position at my current organisation. I felt in terms of my grand career plan, it was the next natural step. Had a phone call with my manager's manager today and been booked onto a 2 day Agile Foundation course with QA on Monday which I'm really looking forward to.

If anyone has any Agile hints or tips before then, I'm all ears!

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« Reply #166 on: October 19, 2018, 08:39:54 PM »
Got certified in SAFE (Scaled Agile Framework) this week. Work paid for it so thought it was worth it. I enjoyed the course, the trainer was very good, and I like that our whole department is really diving headlong into Agile. The only negative is that it the certificate has an expiry date 1 year from now and supposedly I would have to pay to take another test this time next year, which I think is outrageous.... amazing business model that, I bet the make a fortune from it  :wanker

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« Reply #167 on: October 19, 2018, 10:33:18 PM »
Any network engineers on here? I have had ccna routing and switching on and off for 10 years and after doing it 3 years ago, moved on to ccna voice and passed. I recently recertified using icnd2 exam, so kept ccna voice and r&s alive. I really want to step up and study and take the ccnp route exam now. Main reason is i have been at the same level for a long time, second reason, a lot of network jobs seem to be aimed at ccnp accreditation. The problem i have is limited exposure to 'real/production' networks as I'm not really a network practitioner. That being said i have an awful lot if exposure to lots of different technologies, Linux, sql, Windows server, sip, voip, vmware, cisco switches/routers, ip multicast, hp servers/chassis based blade, voice recording. I'm considering getting into something a bit more focused, like network engineering.

Any advice appreciated.

I design service provider networks. What do you want to know? Passed ccna in 2001, ccnp in 2002, ccip in 2005, also passed ccie written in 2010, but never took the lab. I recerted these every year until this year, and will now let them expire, meaning that i will only have a jncia qualification left (along with my still valid mcse in windows nt4 😂). These certs are just a way in the door, and i know many ccna/ccnp/ccie who are total blaggers. Most of the good engineers i know have no certs at all these days. You can always spot the blaggers as they always have on their cv routing protocols - rip, ripv2, igrp, eigrp, ospf, isis and bgp, and have also worked on tcp/ip, ipx/spx, appletalk and banyan vines 😂. As you say, you will probably need ccnp to get in at a decent level net eng,  but then its all about experience and real world knowledge for me after that. However, you would stand a good chance if you have a solid understanding of automation i.e. python, ansible, salt, as that is where the job is going, and people donít just eant cli jocks anymore. Also, you can simulate almost all network operating systems with vmís these days, so easy to get experience. You can build an entire isp using juniper vmx on a laptop. Have you thought of doing something different like aws architect? That is the wild west, and where the money is at, and if i could be arsed, that is what i would focus on myself
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« Reply #168 on: November 2, 2018, 01:31:44 PM »
Any of you lads or lasses got any MCSA or MCSE certifications?

I'm looking into taking on the MCSA: MS Dynamics 365 certification path

This is with a view to project manage Dynamics 365 implementations in the future.

any advice welcome :)

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« Reply #169 on: November 2, 2018, 04:42:11 PM »
Any of you lads or lasses got any MCSA or MCSE certifications?

I'm looking into taking on the MCSA: MS Dynamics 365 certification path

This is with a view to project manage Dynamics 365 implementations in the future.

any advice welcome :)

I've got the Office 365 MCSA. Wasn't that interested in it but we were rolling it out at my company and they wanted me to do it.

It's not technically hard but a lot of Powershell commands to memorise.

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« Reply #170 on: January 2, 2019, 11:36:32 PM »
I design service provider networks. What do you want to know? Passed ccna in 2001, ccnp in 2002, ccip in 2005, also passed ccie written in 2010, but never took the lab. I recerted these every year until this year, and will now let them expire, meaning that i will only have a jncia qualification left (along with my still valid mcse in windows nt4 😂). These certs are just a way in the door, and i know many ccna/ccnp/ccie who are total blaggers. Most of the good engineers i know have no certs at all these days. You can always spot the blaggers as they always have on their cv routing protocols - rip, ripv2, igrp, eigrp, ospf, isis and bgp, and have also worked on tcp/ip, ipx/spx, appletalk and banyan vines 😂. As you say, you will probably need ccnp to get in at a decent level net eng,  but then its all about experience and real world knowledge for me after that. However, you would stand a good chance if you have a solid understanding of automation i.e. python, ansible, salt, as that is where the job is going, and people donít just eant cli jocks anymore. Also, you can simulate almost all network operating systems with vmís these days, so easy to get experience. You can build an entire isp using juniper vmx on a laptop. Have you thought of doing something different like aws architect? That is the wild west, and where the money is at, and if i could be arsed, that is what i would focus on myself


Sorry i only just noticed this reply, which is a bit slack. I bought the CCNP study guide and i'm going to give it a go. Build some networks on GNS3, in vmware and see if i can gain some experience from there. But really need to get into a job where it is what i do daily and focus on that.

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« Reply #171 on: January 8, 2019, 04:40:38 PM »
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« Reply #172 on: January 30, 2019, 10:18:41 AM »
Guys

I'm currently a Project Manager in the Telecomms/Unified Communications field.

Bit of a general question here but looking to get myself some additional certifications to accompany my PRINCE2 certs.

I work from home and pretty much everything is done remotely.  I am ideally looking for a role that gets me out and about to customer sites on a regular basis with plenty of travel.

What are the sought after certs these days?

I was considering AWS or Azure maybe?

any thoughts welcome.

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« Reply #173 on: January 30, 2019, 10:40:31 AM »
Amazon do a Cloud Practioner certification which is a good starting point. It isnít overly technical but gives a good insight into the features of AWS. Do all their self study, think the exam is £90

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« Reply #174 on: January 30, 2019, 10:55:59 AM »
Amazon do a Cloud Practioner certification which is a good starting point. It isnít overly technical but gives a good insight into the features of AWS. Do all their self study, think the exam is £90

That was exactly the course I was look at doing Graeme. Nice one.

Have you done it?

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« Reply #175 on: February 2, 2019, 08:18:55 PM »
That was exactly the course I was look at doing Graeme. Nice one.

Have you done it?

I've done it. The course done by Acloud.guru is good, and you can get it cheap if you buy it via Udemy.

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« Reply #176 on: February 2, 2019, 08:27:18 PM »
That was exactly the course I was look at doing Graeme. Nice one.

Have you done it?

Iíve started going through all the Amazon self paced study stuff but not that far into it yet.

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« Reply #177 on: February 6, 2019, 01:59:52 PM »
I've done it. The course done by Acloud.guru is good, and you can get it cheap if you buy it via Udemy.

Are you doing it for professional reasons or just to expand your knowledge base?

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« Reply #178 on: February 6, 2019, 07:42:58 PM »
Are you doing it for professional reasons or just to expand your knowledge base?

Bit of both really, I wasn't asked to do it for work and I don't work with AWS at all in my current job. It was something I was interested in and wanted to potentially move into in the future.

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« Reply #179 on: February 6, 2019, 09:59:16 PM »
I actually got the same course off Udemy during a discount. If I like it might consider moving towards that in my next job as I'm stuck in a proprietary application company for now.
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« Reply #180 on: February 6, 2019, 10:19:21 PM »
I design service provider networks. What do you want to know? Passed ccna in 2001, ccnp in 2002, ccip in 2005, also passed ccie written in 2010, but never took the lab. I recerted these every year until this year, and will now let them expire, meaning that i will only have a jncia qualification left (along with my still valid mcse in windows nt4 ). These certs are just a way in the door, and i know many ccna/ccnp/ccie who are total blaggers. Most of the good engineers i know have no certs at all these days. You can always spot the blaggers as they always have on their cv routing protocols - rip, ripv2, igrp, eigrp, ospf, isis and bgp, and have also worked on tcp/ip, ipx/spx, appletalk and banyan vines . As you say, you will probably need ccnp to get in at a decent level net eng,  but then its all about experience and real world knowledge for me after that. However, you would stand a good chance if you have a solid understanding of automation i.e. python, ansible, salt, as that is where the job is going, and people donít just eant cli jocks anymore. Also, you can simulate almost all network operating systems with vmís these days, so easy to get experience. You can build an entire isp using juniper vmx on a laptop. Have you thought of doing something different like aws architect? That is the wild west, and where the money is at, and if i could be arsed, that is what i would focus on myself

Im about to finish CCNA R&S having found an internal move at work (work for an ISP). My plan after that is to get comfy with Juniper as we use them for most of our core pops and gateway routers. We use Cisco too but mostly for management routers.

After that I want to spend some time on automation and network programmability. Not sure where to start in terms of resources but I know there are some good courses on Udemy from David Bombal. I've seen Hank Preston is also trying to push this with loads of free content on Cisco Devnet. I guess that will keep me busy for this year at which point I want to try go for CCNP, but only once I've had at least a year to bed in at work.

AWS interests me but I have no idea how cloud interacts with networking. Like how do these 2 areas converge and how can AWS benefit a network engineer?

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« Reply #181 on: February 11, 2019, 08:14:36 AM »
Im about to finish CCNA R&S having found an internal move at work (work for an ISP). My plan after that is to get comfy with Juniper as we use them for most of our core pops and gateway routers. We use Cisco too but mostly for management routers.

After that I want to spend some time on automation and network programmability. Not sure where to start in terms of resources but I know there are some good courses on Udemy from David Bombal. I've seen Hank Preston is also trying to push this with loads of free content on Cisco Devnet. I guess that will keep me busy for this year at which point I want to try go for CCNP, but only once I've had at least a year to bed in at work.

AWS interests me but I have no idea how cloud interacts with networking. Like how do these 2 areas converge and how can AWS benefit a network engineer?

Yeah it can.

Look up Paas, Iaas and Saas. Also look up Naas.

With AWS there is plenty of infrastructure - Perimeter services, Firewalls (Known a Security Groups) and a lot of virtual kit including VPNs, Security and the option to build your own or include other elements (Such as a DDOS service)
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« Reply #182 on: February 17, 2019, 10:08:48 AM »
Im about to finish CCNA R&S having found an internal move at work (work for an ISP). My plan after that is to get comfy with Juniper as we use them for most of our core pops and gateway routers. We use Cisco too but mostly for management routers.

After that I want to spend some time on automation and network programmability. Not sure where to start in terms of resources but I know there are some good courses on Udemy from David Bombal. I've seen Hank Preston is also trying to push this with loads of free content on Cisco Devnet. I guess that will keep me busy for this year at which point I want to try go for CCNP, but only once I've had at least a year to bed in at work.

AWS interests me but I have no idea how cloud interacts with networking. Like how do these 2 areas converge and how can AWS benefit a network engineer?

A good way to start with automation is to get yourself a juniper vmx router and run it as a VM. Juniper has a great netconf api, and they also publish their own netconf client for python called pyez, for which there is loads of documentation and examples. After that you can focus on getting up to speed on python using some generic couses on udemy (last one i tried was about crypocurrency). Most python automation uses yml for information input and jinja2 for templating. Automation is about doing a few different tasks lime pushing generated config to a device, but also pulling information via netconf rpc, parsing it and doing something useful with that info. When you get more skilled you can branch out into frameworks like ansible, salt or stackstorm, which are really just extensions to python.... personally, I prefer just python. Some vendors also have rest apiís, so good to know a little about web dev too like html, css, javascript and frameworks like flask if sticking with python

For AWS, then naturally there are interfaces to networking. For example, you would need to connect to aws direct connect using bgp. You could also install some vendor vms in there like vmx, vsrx, csr1000v, vasa and do some stuff like vpns. I think having an understanding of cloud infrastructure however is more the point as it adds strings to your bow, and gets you a move into better jobs/positions... as does automation
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« Reply #183 on: August 9, 2019, 08:39:00 AM »
Cos good ones are really hard to find! Could say the same about PMs to be honest ;D

A lucrative career path in that area is agile coaching, cos most people can't do it properly!

thought of this post when i came across this job ad!

https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/1408423737/

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« Reply #184 on: August 9, 2019, 10:34:29 AM »
thought of this post when i came across this job ad!

https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/1408423737/

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It doesn't actually say what the teams are working on, I guess it must be LFCTV Go and the shop stuff.

If only I'd volunteered when our place offered scrum master training!

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« Reply #185 on: August 9, 2019, 10:42:23 AM »
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It doesn't actually say what the teams are working on, I guess it must be LFCTV Go and the shop stuff.

If only I'd volunteered when our place offered scrum master training!

You turned down Scrum master training Claire?

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« Reply #186 on: August 9, 2019, 10:49:26 AM »
it's as our teams have grown, we used to all be in one small office in Croydon and did a single scrum. Now, there's... actually have no idea how many teams, but we're spread across 6 offices in 4 countries and each team requires a scrum master. In some cases it'll be a product manager or a team lead but there were opportunities to do scrum master training so we had good coverage.

I was moving to do full-time remote at the time so it didn't make sense to volunteer. Sigh.

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« Reply #187 on: August 9, 2019, 10:56:23 AM »
There's a dev and QA role on there aswell if anyone is looking.