I have spent more than around 600 combined hours so that I could achieve the goal of clearing the CCIE Routing and Switching certification which includes the reading, labs, study groups, and audio/video on demand. I have learned a lot already and that too not just about the technology.
Here are some lessons which I have learned from my CCIE journey so far.
Lesson No.1: You Know Nothing!
Well by nothing I mean that you are not aware of everything, At least, not as well as you think you do. I remember the very first topic of the syllabus which I have read and that was the static routing. I approached it with disregard, thinking that I have the knowledge of everything that there was to know about the topic and trust me I couldn’t have been more wrong.
I had done schooling several times by the workbook and infinite wisdom entrenched in the Cisco Press materials. Some of the details of static routing never even crossed my mind as they typically don’t come up in everyday deployments. It taught me to approach every topic with a clean slate, and not take anything that I knew for granted.
Lesson No. 2: Knowing why More Essential than Knowing How is!
BGP is probably the most difficult topics of the journey of a CCIE candidate, and it is often to be considered a ‘make it or break it’ technology for the Routing and Switching track. In order to learn the multitude of ways you can influence path selection, MPLS, and IGP integration, and performing traffic engineering with BGP can be baffling, but more troubling would be the decipher WHEN you should use a particular feature to accomplish your end goal.
While going through the BGP materials, I constantly found myself wondering that what would be the best practice was or when these methods should actually be used. There is no shortage of ways to achieve what you want with BGP, and that is perhaps one of the most frustrating parts to tackle it, more choices inherently make a decision more difficult. This part of my journey emphasized greatly that I need to focus on learning the ‘why’ and why it is so much more important than simply memorizing the syntax.
Lesson No. 3: Micro-study can be Very Effective:
When I first started my journey, I thought that the secret of success lies in the continuous study of CCIE, but later I realize that when you don’t have enormous time to spend, studying at Micro Level could also be effective. It doesn’t need to be spending nights and days; you could spend small chunks of time while studying for the CCIE R&S.
Lesson No. 4: Find Your Time of Day
I find it fascinating to discover what time of day would be successful CCIE candidates will decide to study in order to achieve their certification. I talked to one successful CCIE candidate and he found that his best time was to study was from midnight to 6 AM. Well he was having children and a full-time job, and for him, this was the best time due to several factors, his children and wife were asleep. But it is not necessary that this timing will be suitable for each and every one. So, find the one which is suitable for you.
Lesson No. 5: A Dedicated Area of Study:
CCIE R&S Study requires a good and quiet place to study, where you could study calmly. Possibly you could not do it on the home. You will have to find a place where you could study without any disturbance. The best way would be joining a good training canter, which provides you with the best training to enhance your skills.
Conclusion: I have learned a lot through my CCIE R&S Journey and I have achieved success, with lots of study and dedication along with the help of the SPOTO CCIE Club Study dumps. They helped me a lot in clearing my CCIE R&S Exam.