The internet,PDF's, torrents and travelling friends have to some extent filled a gap by bringing in the materials necessary, dynamips has sort of filled the lab gap, some companies like the one I work for actually allow you to order books for a library/resource center that you can then borrow from, and as luck would have it I can whip up a rack on short notice in the office and to some extent at home.... but the demand is still quite high, and not everyone has the same privileges. Every once in a while I run prospective certificate holders through technologies they might find difficult to understand that I do, It makes me feel better especially if they go on to achieve whatever they wanted.
But as everyone goes chasing certifications, here are a few posts that might be worth looking through, I especially like the ones asking you to push on, persevere, share the knowledge you learn and best of all enjoy your certification journey:
Most if not all come from Ivan Pepelnjak's blog:
- How much knowledge will I gain by studying for a certification?
- Knowledge or recipes?
- Certifications: A new barrier to entry?
- How well does Cisco’s certification training map to my actual network?
and before I forget we have Greg Ferro 's certification matters : This was a series of articles that helped pass a really dull morning at work and was for me quite thought provoking...
here's all the links
- certification matters -- grab some coffee, start from the first one, go through them all.
- Musing: On Permananent and Ephemeral Knowledge and Exam Study
- Musing: On Reading and Learning From a Computer Screen