Jeremycovers not only practical skills essential for working IT pros but also the fundamental principles behind how wireless networks function; understanding these can make you better able to effectively troubleshoot your wireless connectivity for optimal connection.
We asked Jeremyabout his new course and how you can get more out of your training:
Q: Why should companies train their IT professionals in this skill? What value does it bring?
The IT Professional is immediately able to apply the knowledge that they are learning (in this case, wireless network technology) to their work environment. It allows them to effectively design, implement, and troubleshoot a variety of wireless network scenarios.
Q: Who should take this course? What kind of career will wireless skills set you up for in the IT industry?
Any IT pro … period. I hesitated on that response… we often segment IT skills into buckets — system administration, soft skills (whatever that means ;o), network engineer, etc. However, it’s easy to forget that the modern IT professional is often becoming a jack of all trades. With the advent of the cloud, many technical specialties collapse into one big “blob” of technology that makes an organization successful.That being said, the wireless skills in this series will set you up for success in IT.
Whether you’re a network engineer on staff at an organization, an IT consultant, or someone managing Windows Servers, every organization needs wireless network technology — and this series will give you exactly what you need to be successful implementing it.
Q: Any out-of-the-box tips for learners to get the most out of your course?
There a bunch of tips included in the course!
In this series, I volunteer to implement a wireless network at a school/church building and walk through the process. During the training, I explain how learners can do this type of thing to gain experience.
The series concludes with how to bridge to buildings wirelessly, so I drive up to northern Arizona and implement a bridge between two cabins in a forest so they can share internet access. By going through these types of things, I believe learners will understand, “Wow! I can get experience in IT wherever I am!” It’s not just about getting an IT job (although that will come). Gaining experience in this industry can be as simple as visiting an uncle’s house.
Q: What’s the coolest real-world application someone can expect to use, thanks to this course?
I think my favorite real-world application was in the Nugget, “Wireless Troubleshooting: RF Spectrum Analysis … Simplified!” In there, I visit a school that was having some trouble with their state-mandated online testing. I set up the lab of student devices and used a spectrum analysis tool to look at the airwaves. I found out there was something interfering with the radio frequency they were using for wireless. That experience was caught on video. There’s nothing more real world than that!
Q: What course(s) or certification(s) should learners complete before diving into your wireless course?
The IT Expertise courses are designed to stand alone. With that said, the learner’s experience will be better if they go through IT expert cabling, then switching first. However, if you have a relative understanding of networks in general, jump right into this series!
Q: What course(s) or certification(s) should learners look to jump into after they complete your this course?
Here’s my “I have a dream” moment. I would love for CBT Nuggets to create our own certification program (actually, I stole this dream from our CEO many years ago). This type of series would lend itself to that… as of now, there’s no certification to go after. This course has everything you need to implement a solid wireless network at an organization, and that’s actually more important than any certification.
Q: What’s the craziest issue/solve you’ve encountered working with wireless networks, and what video in the course would have helped you solve it?
There’s one Nugget where I build a wireless bridge between two cabins in a forest. You can find that in “Point to Point Wireless: Bridging Buildings”. I wouldn’t call it crazy, but it definitely promotes some out-of-the-box thinking.