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June 26, 2009  2:57 PM

A Pattern Emerges from Recent CCNA “Specializations”

Posted by: Ed Tittel
CCDP, CCIE, CCNA, CCNA Security, CCNA specializations, CCNA Voice, CCNA Wireless, CCNP, CCSP, CCVP, Cisco certification, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification

I'd been wondering recently why Cisco is expanding its ever-popular CCNA certification to include CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, and CCNA Wireless. Now I get it: Cisco also offers various professional credentials, including CCDP (Design), CCNP (Networking), CCSP (Security), and CCVP (Voice), as well as...

May 4, 2009  3:27 PM

Erik Eckel Opines on “10 Best IT Certifications”

Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, adult education, CCIE, CCNA, CISSP, continuing education, IT career planning, IT certification, MCITP, MCSA, MCSE, MCTS, Network+, PMP, Secuirty+

In digging through some Microsoft PR materials recently, I came across mention of a Top 10 IT certification list that Erik Eckel put together for TechRepublic, later reprinted by big-time training company Global Knowledge. Though it's...

December 24, 2008  4:01 PM

More on Entry-Level Certs from the Trenches

Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, Career development, Career planning, CCIE, CCNA, CCNP, continuing education, IT careers, IT certification, job seeking skills

I play pool two nights a week on leagues that belong to the American Poolplayers Association (APA). My Thursday night 9-ball team is composed primarily of people who work in IT. Of the seven people on the team, one is a paralegal, another a hairdresser, and the other five work for Dell (1),...

August 29, 2008  2:18 PM

The Importance of Soft Skills (Part 1 of 4 Parts)

Posted by: Ed Tittel
CCIE, IT careers, IT certification, SAP consulting certification, soft skills

Soft skills have a lot to do with career opportunities and development, just as do harder technical skills. What's this distinction mean? Soft skills refer to abilities that make people better employees, and open doors to opportunities, that aren't directly related to the subject matter for their...

August 15, 2008  3:08 PM

Calculating Certification ROI

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, CCIE, CCNA, IT careers, IT certification

Enough readers have commented on pros, cons, and costs of certification that I wanted to throw a calculation tool into the hopper. Whenever you consider spending time, effort, and money on career development or enhancement it's a really good idea to use standard "return on investment" techniques to...


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