Since my last post, a lot has been changed. I’ve shifted gears, so to speak, and am now preparing for the CCNA Wireless. I know, I know. I can hear the masses saying “You idiot!” – from CCIE to CCNA Wireless? It makes no sense. Don’t worry, it’ll all be clear soon.
The change is not necessarily a permanent shift, or at least I don’t intend for it to be, but rather an effort to branch out my skills. I have had extensive experience in R&S, and am only three months away from my CCIE lab date, but lately I’ve been doing a lot more work with wireless for various customers, and subsequently, feel the need to better educate myself on the topic. I had originally planned on getting my CCIE R&S, then going down the wireless track, so it’s not a total deviation, but rather a temporary shifting of priorities.
The plan as of now, at least, is to attain my CCNA Wireless and possibly one exam towards my CCNP Wireless, then get back to my lab preparation, and knock out my first lab attempt at the CCIE R&S.
I think this shift is relevant to a lot of people, because we (IT professionals) change goals often, and I think that’s OK… as long as there’s a legitimate reason, and it’s not just laziness taking over in the form of “new, easier” goals. In my case, I have a requirement for my day job, but also a strong interest in the field.
For someone who has spent the vast majority of his time over the last 8 years doing routing and switching, getting into wireless represents a step to something new. Where will it lead? Who knows. As long as I’m moving forward professionally and personally, I’m OK with that uncertainty to some extent.