Since I passed the CCENT last November I have been busy but I have also been lazy. No excuses, now it is time to get serious, head down bum up in study for the CCNA.
One thing I find difficult about working in the IT industry is that it is very hard to stay focused on a single technology or technology track because there are so many interesting technologies out there that catch our attention. I guess for most of us it comes down to discipline, for example lately I have been listening to some security related podcasts and found that I have the overwhelming urge to research penetration testing tools, and security related Linux distros, IDS/IPS etc.
Its easy to get caught up, drop what your doing and concentrate on something more interesting, unfortunately in my opinion this only results in a very minimal overview of the subject resulting in the old jack of all trades and master of none. I have been thinking about this a lot lately with my own studies and have come to the realisation that if I don’t have a good grounding in the basics of routing and switching it will be a lot harder when it comes to studying other technologies like Voice or Security for example.
With this in mind, now is the time to knuckle down and get the CCNA out of the way with a view to moving on to more interesting technologies/tracks. I have read the CCNA press book from cover to cover and I will be posting the hard written notes I made from that as a way to reinforce the material. After this I will post my study plan for the next few weeks leading up to the exam date.