First of all....Welcome to the Cisco Learning Network!
We really appreciate you sharing with us your story about your career change toward networking and your advice for all of us.
Also...Congratulations on obtaining your ICND1. Keep learning, go for your ICND2 and I am sure you will feel more passion
We all learn something new everyday and definitely your story I am sure will be very inspiring for many community members.
Thank you for sharing it with us.
Hi Gus thanks for your kind words
However, I think there has been a misunderstanding (probably my fault) I am still working towards my ICND1, so thank you kindly for the good luck, I am unsure how far I am until I am ready to take the ICND1 exam but I try to put in a minimum 3 hours daily, reading,researching and practicing. I always try to find time to study, but sometimes I do fail to find the time due to long working hours. But will keep posted on my progress.
Again thank you for the kind words, and for the warm welcome.
Welcome to the CLN, we are a community that shares knowledge and experience about IT, Cisco and our lifes also ...Thank you for trusting us!
As you said , "VERY HARD work" , but it deserves. Any time spending studying!
Ask anything you need and also answer the questions!
3 months to take first exam, good strategy , here is a link in CLN that can help you :
We have a lot of material, free and payed. Ask in case of doubts.
So, continue your studies , and congratulations to have the brave to fulfill your dream!
ICND1, there we go!!!!!!!
Many thanks for the information and for the warm welcome.
I am going to take it one step at time, and not rush it, but fingers crossed.
But yes I will certainly ask for advice and tips as I get closer to it, and will visit the link you have provided.
Again thank you for taking the time to reply to me.
Yes, it seems I misunderstood you. But don't worry. I encourage you to keep up with your ICND1 studies. 3 hours is a good time frame per day. I am sure soon you will be able to take and pass the ICND1 exam.
You might want to check the FREE ICND1 Study and Practice material including the Exam Topics available here at the Cisco Learning Network at the following links:
Also check the ICND1 practice options available at the Cisco store including an E-learning option you might want to consider that includes a FREE trial version. You can review these options from the following links:
and Cisco Press offers a very good network simulator and other ICND1 study material that you can check at the following links:
Additionally the FREE CCNA R&S Study sessions could be helpful You can view them from the following link:
Furthermore, you might also want to consider viewing the FREE study sessions with Wendell Odom. They provide great advice and insights regarding the ICND1 exam. You can view these FREE study sessions from the following links:
Finally, I wish you all the best in your ICND1 exam.
Welcome to CLN! I, too, was a beginner and a newbie not so very long ago. CLN is a GREAT place to learn. Other than the exhaustive list of resources that Gus supplied, my biggest piece of advice is to lab everything.
When I started out, I got a few old switches and routers. But I was totally afraid to touch them even! I was sure I was going to break the Internet and cause some worldwide outage that resulted in the next zombie apocalyse. Well that didn't happen, and I later, when I finally got over my fear of the equipment, I regretted not starting labbing sooner.
Along with labbing everything, start keeping a lab notebook. My lab notebook has pages for each task I've done. I include screenshots, config, and how I verified that it worked. It is especially important to take notes when things go pear-shaped and you can't figure it out. They will be the most valuable experiences.
Best of luck to you! MM
NavS--that sounds great! I wanted to just drop another pitch for the lab notebook. Literally, this morning, I had a conversation with my study partner about how to make my lab notebook better! When you go back to it, you should really be able to tell everything you did, whether it worked or not, and if it didn't work, what fixed it.
I use OneNote for my Lab Notebook and I like Monosnap to mark up the screenshots.