::cisco black belt::

September 11, 2008

Decisions…

Filed under: misc, self-study — Tags: , , , — ccxx4488 @ 7:36 am

It’s been a really tough call, deciding on the best path forward. Studying for and obtaining Cisco Certification has taught me a lot. I’ve learned that with enough effort and discipline you can achieve what you want. This brings me to my point; I’ve made the decision to complete a BS Degree in Network Design and Management. I should complete it before my CCNA expires. My long term career aspirations require me to accomplish this, and I’ve learned I have what it takes to stay motivated, study and be successful. My CCNA expires, July 2011—hopefully I have enough time to prepare for a professional level exam instead of just recertifying with another CCNA exam.

Its been a tough call, to turn down career opportunities that would enhance my skill, but hinder my educational goals, to take a massive pay cut in the shorter term to pursue my degree, and most importantly to put Cisco Certification study on a 2.5 year hiatus, especially while I read of the challenges and fun others are having in their pursuits.

I’m looking at long term, and obtaining my degree is vital. At least, when I complete my degree, I won’t need to digress from learning Cisco Internetworking again.

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