What is best way to get Cisco Certified as a Beginer?

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Was hoping to find any information pertaining to getting Cisco certified, mainly CCNA certification. I am a beginner in knowledge of networking, I know a little but not much as I've set up my own wirless router and network at my home, which most likely is not close to the CCNA cert. If anyone can give me advice on obtaining this certification would help me with finding a career in networking an IT? I'm not looking to go back to school unless necessary any training programs or tools to take to study up to pass the CCNA or CCNP certification would be greatly helpful. Also I live in West Virginia if anyone could also give me information on any local boot camps in the WV area would be greatly appreciated as well.
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The CCNA is a start. I wouldn't count on getting a job with it, though. There is too much competition & many places want degrees.
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But, if I'm looking into a small state like WV to find a job, it would probably be easier to find one with a certification. I know most HR people don't even know about the certifications so they look for computer science majors as well as other things. I'm hoping by getting the CCENT and CCNA certifications I can get my foot into a door for entry level work. Then from there can try for CCNP security certifications and possibly some other things. Was just hoping to find out more information pertaining to it, also if the place your getting classes and help from may have a program that gets you a job with the CCNA certification would that be a possiblity?
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Having the certification is better than not having it, but don't let the size of a state make you think it will be easier to find a job. There are enough people who have been laid off and are without jobs that there is a lot of competition for work and lots of people are willing to move if it means a permanent steady pay check. And don't count on just one or two certifications to get you a job, like Don2007 said they will likely pick someone with years of experience and a degree first.
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I agree, but theres also the fact that newer people witht he certifications equal cheaper labor for the job. Sometimes that occurs, but your probably right that it will be hard to find a job. I'm just having trouble finding a job as it is. I've worked a temp job with the VA hospital here in clarksburg as a medical clerk, was looking for some diversification with my two degrees to help with getting another job. The economy is so horrible and Obama has not done anything about the job situations, guess he believes health care is more important, except its hard for people to afford it when they don't have jobs. So is it a good idea to try for the certifications and have a hard time finding a job, or try something else, like going back to school and getting an associates degree in paralegal work through online courses? Just trying to get some advice and tips on what I should do, if this would be something to push forwards to doing or try going another route with something else. Thanks for the information and advice so far..
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rjeran1, don't let us stop you from convincing yourself of anything you want. Having the cert can't hurt but don't expect miracles, even in the capital of miracles, West Virginia.
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What are you implying that WVU getting the Final 4 is a mircale.. lol.. yeah I'm just trying to weigh my options, of what the best choice is for my money.. as I'm slightly limited, may have to go on unemployment for awhile until I can find a good paying job. Thanks for the advice.
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I'd recommend getting a degree in IT if that is where you want to go, but beware that it is a desk job and not as glamorous as Hollywood makes it look. There's plenty of financial aid available whether it is grants or scholarships, I'd personally stay away from loans though. Even an AAS is better than nothing and in fact that is all that I have, plus a few certifications. One thing that we're seeing in the industry these days is that people want to hire a "jack of all trades" person for their IT work. That means don't back yourself into a corner by learning only cisco or only microsoft. For a company, hiring a bunch of specialists usually costs more than hiring a couple people who can do a little bit of everything, so it is cost advantageous to them and is what you should think about doing.
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thanks K, I'll have to look into it, I've just been seeing alot of network admin jobs and it jobs lately coming up in the wva area, I'm actually somewhat qualified for paralegal work, well somewhat with a history degree helps. Also I have some attorney friends I could probably look into.. I may have to see if I can find some online courses for IT, as that would be the best thing for me at this time.
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look for schools around you with the "cisco networking academy" its the easiest way to receive cisco 'certs'. be prepared for a tough time. networking is not all plug and play. for my first cisco class i had to build a small lan using two routers a switch and a couple computers. i had to write the config file myself and assign i.p.s and what not. feel free to pm me if you have any more questions about the academy!

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