Last night, I decided to take my CCIE Voice written exam sooner than expected. I had a work meeting pop up on my calendar that would interfere with taking the test next Tuesday. Therefore, armed with a few months of studying, I decided to take the plunge and give it an attempt this morning. I am pretty confident in what I do know; it’s what I don’t know that I DON’T KNOW that freaks me out a little bit.
If I pass this morning, that will make nine exams taken this year (CCENT, CCNA, CCNA Voice, CCVP, and CCIE Written)! Talk about an accomplishment! The only reason I boast like this is because Cisco has been my life for the past year. Having worked with Cisco voice technologies for the past few years, I had a pretty good understanding of call routing and contact centers. However, I was horribly inept at the command line.
These past few months, I have gone through Cisco’s “CCIE Voice Written Shortcut,” CCBootcamp’s “CCIE Voice Study Guide,” and all my CCVP notes. For those of you out there that are going to begin with the CCVP and go on to CCIE, I encourage you to take copious notes throughout your journey. As I sit here at Starbucks, blogging to make the minutes go by faster, I am sitting next to a 200 page collection of notes written in 6 font. Yes, you read that correctly. This “tome,” as I affectionately call it, has proven itself useful time and again in my day-to-day responsibilities.
Remember, if you want to shoot for the CCVP or CCIE, aim to accumulate knowledge. Don’t just use braindumps to get the credentials. If you do, you might get a nice paying job, but you won’t know how to perform and will likely beat your head against your desk a lot more than if you would have just approached the information with the intent of gaining knowledge.
Alright, that’s enough ranting for me. I am going to dive into the tome for one more last-minute overview before I walk into Dakota County Technical College at 8:45am to take this bugger. Hopefully, this will be a fly that I can smash at the first attempt.