Asking for my partner: What's the best way (most bang for your buck) to prep for a CCNA test? What other certifications or trainings should he go for to move up in the voice/networking area of IT?
Yes, I've seen this nearly-identical question
, which is 4.5 years old and relies heavily on the fact that the poster went through a big expensive course paid for by the employer. This question
(which is also a bit old) asks about other certifications, but for someone with no IT background.
He's been working in voice services/networking for about 8 years with nothing but on-the-job training, doing things like an escalation team and working in the NOC. He does pretty well with self-study, and he has about three or four hours of study time a day.
Currently, he's finishing his bachelor's online just for the degree, knowing that most IT places only care about your experience. He's doing a network architecture course right now and will do some more stuff on security. He's doing it through Capella and isn't thrilled about them, but he didn't see many other options for a distance ed bachelor's in IT stuff.
So which of the books/CDs/practice exam sequences worked for you? For those of you who didn't pass on your first go-round, how did you improve? How long did you wait before doing the next level of certifications? And for those of you who went on for the more specific versions, should he do Voice, Wireless or Security after that? (I imagine he'd do Voice, but is Wireless or Security more useful?)
Any other tips for moving up in this area of IT? He currently works for a large national ISP/voice/cable company, but we're hoping to get him into a position on campus (major public university).