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Your Route to Cisco Career Success [Kindle Edition]

Kevin Wallace
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Learn 7 keys to success in your career as a Cisco networking professional, as taught by Kevin Wallace, CCIEx2 #7945 (R/S and Collaboration). Kevin is the author of multiple Cisco Press titles and is a full-time instructor of Cisco courses.

The 7 keys covered include:

1. Goals, Your Destination Address
We need a consistent practice of creating, planning for, and attaining goals.

2. When Life Gets in the Way
This key is all about staying on track towards our goals when life serves up its inevitable distractions.

3. The Curiosity Key
Cultivating a strong curiosity helps us stay motivated.

4. Time Alchemy
There are tons of books today on time management, and we’ll contrast a couple of the popular approaches out there today. Also, we’ll offer a few tips to get you started.

5. Tomes of Wisdom
With the availability of e-books, it’s easier than ever to have an awesome technical library. We’ll also practice navigating Cisco’s on-line documentation.

6. Getting Your Hands Dirty
Theory is great, but there’s no substitute for hands-on experience. We’ll discuss options for getting your hands on some equipment.

7. A Certified Success
Possessing appropriate certifications can help open doors in your IT career.

Kevin concludes each chapter with a “Tales from the Trenches” section, where he illustrates that chapter’s lesson with a real-world story from his career.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1747 KB
  • Print Length: 72 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: 1ExamAMonth; 2 edition (11 Feb 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AE98WCA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars gratuitious plugging of other material 28 May 2014
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Some good information and I would recomend the book because it is very short and is at a low price. Ideas about planning (he lifts from other books) are worth the price alone. However, the gratuitous and repeated plugging of his cisco videos and books was nauseating and would make me steer clear of any more of the authors material. He also does this throughout the book with his religious beliefs. This is not a free pdf or article in a magazine (which would not allow this).

He is not in a postion to give impartial advice about the best way to study for cisco exams. (I have Personally found the Cisco material very dry and bloated and 3rd party books and videos have to try harder to compete and are often better ) . You don't need to attend expensive seminars and classes and buy tons of aditional material expecially for the lower level exams. independent network forums are the best place to look to see what you need.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helps to put you in a positive mind set 21 Jan 2013
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Very nice book to help with the way to do your studies, shows that Kevin has been this for a long time and also does know what he is talking about .

This is just not in material wise , but also how to do things when it does go wrong and then get you right back on the right track.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Advice 15 Jan 2013
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Very informative and some good suggestions regarding study habits and choosing a career path. Not too sure about the suggestion of having bright ideas in the shower but it must work for some people!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource 29 Nov 2012
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Kevin has written an excellent book on having objectives for your studies,and how to achieve your certifications with real world examples. I future paced myself and I was a CCIE R&S :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a MUST HAVE! 23 Jan 2013
By Joseph Simpson - Published on Amazon.com
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As one who is about 5 years into his cisco networking career, throughout I have found that one of my greatest needs is not more information and knowledge on the nuts and bolts of networking, but the need for some mentoring/coaching/guidance/inspiration in how to break into and navigate a career in networking. Sometimes this is hard to find. Alot of IT people have a self contained (sometimes arrogant) orientation in their interactions with colleagues and those below them who are trying to grow. On top of that, many IT people are extremely busy and loathe to spend non-billable time coaching/training someone else.

I wish I had this book 5 years ago when I was starting out. Thankfully I had a mentor in my cisco instructor at college, and also some motivational books and cds which got me to take the plunge into a scary new career in my late 30's. I did something similar to what the author suggests in this book, ie making a five year plan. I still have the scrap of paper with that plan visioned out and almost to a T it has all panned out.

Now I'm making a shift into a more challenging implementation engineer role, and with this comes all the fears and anxieties. I can handle the knowledge gaps that will come up by grabbing more cisco books and attending trainings. But what I need most is some encouragement and mentorship to help me navigate the change. I went on Amazon looking for something along these lines and lo and behold I found this book. This is the shot in the arm I needed.

If you are just starting your career or navigating a new chapter in your career in networking, get this book. It will speak to a need you have more basic than the need for just more technical knowledge.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's...okay? 5 Mar 2013
By Gh0st11 - Published on Amazon.com
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It's worth three bucks.

I'm not very far into my Cisco career, I currently serve in the US military as a lowly drone, and I work on computer networks, so I may be a little too judgmental but whatever. I find it kinda hard to believe this book has received 14 5-star ratings so far (this will be the first non 5-star review).

This book has some good parts but a lot of it is fluff, or information I really didn't want to know/couldn't care for. For example there is a decent portion of this book dedicated to navigating Cisco's website. Useful for some, I guess.

Also, the author seems like a huge egotistical douche. In his defense, he has a crap-ton of qualifications and is further in his career than I will EVER get, but the tone in his book kinda turned me off a little bit. With that said, there is quite a bit of useful information in here and I don't regret buying it, but I don't think it deserves a Firewall 5-star rating, there's just too much fluff for that.

Instead of the fluff, I would have suggested to the author to use more real-life examples and stories...the "From the Trenches" parts made up the bulk of the interesting parts for me, with examples from the author of strategies he used to study for the CCIE or other "lightbulb" moments in his career...these were the most interesting to me. Maybe I need to go read a blog by a Cisco professional or something.

It's worth three bucks.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Learning that will help you shape your future 11 April 2013
By Vivek - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I started reading this book and WOW Kevin is giving us not only what he has learned in making himself such a distinguished engineer and mentor but he is also telling us the cream of what he has learnt from many other great books.You dont have to get all the information by reading many books and correlate them to make sense.This one book summarizes all the learning in one place and puts them together in a coherent way so that you can just absorb them and start using them immediately.
Like a good start puts you ahead in the race, this book is a great starting point in your Cisco career journey ahead.

Highly recommended.

Vivek
CCIE x2 (R&S, SP) 18616
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read list for any networking engineer 28 Mar 2013
By Dean Bahizad - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the problems in today's age is lack of career planning, the know-how and proper coaching needed to create a solid move to a meaningful and successful career. I keep hearing that you have to try hard and if you fail you have you to try again, but if you don't have a plan or a vision which Kevin's book so easily provides to his audience you can spin your wheels all day long and go nowhere.

You must have a vision, you must have determination and you must have Kevin's book to show you the know-how. Kevin has so many years of experience and he openly shares it with his audience, I particularly enjoyed the "A tail from the tranches" part of the book. As Kevin has stated it is not just hard work, but having your goals defined and a plan of action.

As a double CCIE (R&S, SP) and a published author I got a lot out of this book. I highly recommend this to anyone who is serious about career in networking field. Learn the lessons learned from the best, and follow your dreams.

Dean Bahizad
2doubleccies.com
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book full of wisdom! 19 Feb 2013
By Raymond Valentin - Published on Amazon.com
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I was glad to have purchased this book. Not having a lot of CCIEs around me to ask questions to further ones career can be very frustrating. This book helps me push forward toward my goal of becoming CCIE certified by getting advice from somone who been there not once, but twice.
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