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Marco of Mexico thanks Instituto Politecnico Nacional for help with CSM, CCNA which led to a job as a Sales Support Analyst in the technology industry.
“I always use the knowledge I gained from Networking Academy to provide better solutions to my customers and provide technical consultancy when required by my sales account team.”
Ashley of U.S. thanks North Carolina A&T State University for help with Cisco Networking Essentials & CCNA which led to a job as a Networking Consulting Engineer within Enterprise Route/Switch in a technology company.
“NetAcad helped give me the confidence and skills needed to perform my job as an engineer, complete certifications, and be invaluable to the customers and accounts that I help support.”
Marleese of Australia thanks Networking Academy self-paced courses for help with Introduction to Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Essentials and Packet Tracer that led to a job as ANZ Country Leader at Cisco Meraki.
“What started out as cybersecurity curiosity led me to complete training with Networking Academy. This was the start of a skills uplift to match my passion with an industry credential I could complete at my own pace. Since completing, I have continued to educate and reinvent my career, recently receiving a promotion in a new field.”
Kristen of Georgia, U.S. thanks South Louisiana Community College for helping with CCNA which led to a job as a USC Technical Manager in the technology education industry at a major technology company.
“This Cisco Networking Academy (NetAcad) has changed my life. The opportunities and professional networking available to me since joining the program, have been astounding. When I graduated from South Louisiana Community College, I landed an entry-level job earning more income than I had ever made before. I was thrilled to have a position with career potential. I then received an opportunity to be a part of the Cisco Live Dream Team of 2019 and I had no idea that NetAcad was going to change my life again. This prestigious position granted me an all-expenses paid trip to San Diego, CA for 10 days where I met all the senior leadership at Cisco, including Chuck Robbins, set up the wireless network for the entire event, and front row seats to every presentation. It was incredible and the exposure granted from this experience helped land me my dream job at Cisco Networking Academy.“
Chau of South Africa, thanks the Hutech Academy the for help with CCNA, CCNP and Cybersecurity which led to a job as lecturer in the education sector.
“I have helped many students achieve important Cisco certifications.”
Rahul of India, thanks the National Skill Training Institute – Chennai 2019 for help with CCNA which led to a job as trainer in the education sector.
“Learning “Cisco” networking can be very useful, provided the reasons for learning are right. Let me explain… First, you need to ask yourself why you want to learn networking. If the reason is good enough, then you can move on to which one, Cisco or something else. Now let’s come back to the original question Why Cisco??? The answer is simple… Cisco owns the largest share of worldwide networking equipment. So, the employment opportunities with knowledge of Cisco devices are very good. As I understand you want to make a career in Networking, so first you need to start with CCENT. * Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) validates the ability to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security. With a CCENT, a network professional demonstrates the skills required for entry-level network support positions – the starting point for many successful careers in networking. The curriculum covers networking fundamentals, WAN technologies, basic security and wireless concepts, routing and switching fundamentals, and configuring simple networks. CCENT is the first step toward achieving CCNA, which covers medium-size enterprise branch networks with more complex connections. CCENT is more towards basic networking and is generally vendor-neutral. * Then we move on to CCNA R&S. Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size router and switched networks, including implementation and verification of connections to remote sites in a WAN. CCNA curriculum includes basic mitigation of security threats, introduction to wireless networking concepts and terminology, and performance-based skills. This new curriculum also includes (but is not limited to) the use of these protocols: IP, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Serial Line Interface Protocol Frame Relay, Routing Information Protocol Version 2 (RIPv2), VLANs, Ethernet, access control lists (ACLs). Then you have plenty of options like continuing with the core Routing and Switching track i.e. CCNP R&S and CCIE R&S or you can move on to Security, Voice (Collaboration), and Wireless. All these tracks have CCNA, CCNP, and CCIE levels. Then there are some specialized tracks like Data Centre, Service Provider Design Architect, etc. A suggested approach would be to do CCNA or CCNP R&S and then find a job and get real-world experience. Thereafter, follow your likings and get additional qualifications in Security or Voice or go for CCIE in R&S. This will help in career progression, and maybe you can do some other certifications. A firewall remains a firewall and a router remains a router… Only the configuration and some additional features may vary. So even if you learn Cisco equipment, you can easily adapt to other vendor products. Hope it helps…”
Gabriel of Brazil thanks Fundação Bradesco for help with CCNA which led to a job as Infrastructure Analyst – PMO in the telecommunications sector.
“I obtained greater recognition and respect from co-workers and job invitations due to the recommendations acquired when completing the class.”
Alex of Nigeria thanks Unites Cisco for help with Introduction to Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Essentials, IoT, and IT Essentials (ITE), which led to a job as an Instructor in the education sector.
“I want to thank Unites Cisco for my first enrollment of ITE in the Cisco Networking Academy platform. After completing my ITE exam, my hardware and software skills were broadened, and my organization saw an improvement in my software and hardware troubleshooting. I was promoted to lead instructor, and that became my motivation for another enrollment in Introduction to Cybersecurity, then Cybersecurity Essentials, and IoT. I am now an instructor in IoT and have become a cybersecurity analyst for IoT. I have impacted my community through a cybersecurity awareness seminar, showing them how to protect their own data and privacy. Thank you so much to the Cisco Networking Academy team for developing this platform; it has had the greatest impact on the world, particularly young people, over the last 25 years.”
Fawziyyah of Nigeria thanks Ahmadu Bello University Zaria for help with CCNA and IT Essentials, which led to a freelance job as Data Analyst.
“Learning with Cisco Networking Academy was unexpected for me. I had one more year left at university so I decided to learn and take my tech career seriously. I started with the IT Essentials course and then moved to CCNA 1, 2, and finally 3. I learned virtual routing and switching that I still use today. It was a fantastic start for me from the Cisco Networking Academy. Thank you to the Cisco team.”
Angela of Macedonia thanks Seavus education & development center for help with Networking, which led to a job as Presales engineer in the Enterprise, Security, Collaboration sector.
“Before Cisco Networking Academy I had no idea how everything works exactly! It was so confusing, learning different technologies at college, nothing connected to each other, only chasing grades and showing-off to the world – I’m an engineer. Cisco Academy made me an engineer! It made my path to a successful career effortless, gave me a lot of confidence and courage to apply and get the job I wanted. I highly recommend it to everyone who wants to conquer the IT world.”
Anum of Pakistan thanks PTCL Academy for help with CCNA, Networking Essentials, Cybersecurity (CyberOps Associate), Cybersecurity Essentials, Introduction to Cyber Security, Network Security which led to a job as a Cyber Security Engineer in the IT Sector.
“In the society where I live in Pakistan, representation of women in the tech industry is insignificant. My story is similar yet very different from many girls here who strive to make a difference in their lives but do not succeed. I am among the privileged who strived and got direction, mentorship, and encouragement from Cisco Networking Academy.
After achieving my first certification from Networking Academy, I felt more confident and comfortable in interviews and started getting good job opportunities. I have secured my first job on the basis of my CCNA certification.
My certification gave me immense confidence with hands-on technical knowledge. I have surpassed many challenges and broken many stereotypes being a tech savvy female in a country where women are still struggling for opportunities. Now after a decade of working in the technical industry and being a part of the Networking Academy family, I always feel proud to see how Cisco has shaped the lives of many students and how they are encouraging many female students to come forward and to play their part in the development of their country.”
Gloria of USA thanks Howard Community College for help with CCNA and Networking Essentials which led to a job as Technical Account Manager in the Cloud Infrastructure industry.
“I gained many hands-on skills around networking, infrastructure, hardware, software and other concepts. I would never have been exposed to these in my job roles. However, I was able to work with routers, switches and firewalls and actually set up and run configurations which was challenging but amazing. I learned that I had an interest that I wasn’t aware of before then.”
Akshay of India thanks jntech networks, for help with CCNA, which led to a job as CCIE instructor in the Education sector.
“I did CCIE routing and switching in 2019, after which I prepared my theory/labs and started teaching CCNA. After a few months of teaching CCNA, I also started teaching CCNP and CCIE. Before this, I was working as an IT Manager and handling servers and firewall routers. One of my friends shared their journey with Cisco Networking Academy courses and I got interested and started learning. I didn’t have an IT background but kept trying my best to get certified and now I am a CCIE.”
Aristote from The Democratic Republic of Congo thanks Académie Cisco ISTA/Kinshasa / RDC for help with Académie Cisco ISTA/Kinshasa / RDC which led to a job as Administrator systems and network informatique in the ICT sector.
“If today I am able to manage IT infrastructure, it is thanks to the Cisco Networking Academy. Cisco has made me what I am today and for this I am grateful. I want to take this opportunity to encourage young people to join the Cisco Networking Academy in order to get trained.”
Richard from USA thanks Northampton Community College for help with CCNA which led to a job as IT Specialist in the E-commerce sector.
“In addition to a solid foundation in all things networking, Cisco Networking Academy gave me a better outlook on enterprise operations inside of a business.”
Timothy of Canada thanks CEM-Centre FTI for help with CyberOps Associate (instructor) which led to a job as ICTC Education Coordinator in the Education sector.
“We connected to Networking Academy through the CyberPatriot competition in 2017 and the resources provided quickly became shared to students beyond our cybersecurity team. In 2018 we became an Academy and by 2020 we were producing the top Cisco defensive networking scores in CyberTitan (the Canadian arm of CyberPatriot). In 2019 Philippe at Cisco Canada reached out and asked if I’d like to be the first K-12 educator in Canada to become CyberOps Instructor qualified. I completed the course over the summer and passed my exam in September, opening up more advanced defensive IT learning opportunities for my students. Over the next 3 years our small rural high school consistently achieved top 5 finishes (including the first finalist all-female team in 2019 and Top Defenders in 2021) against top STEM schools from across the country. This past Fall I was seconded to ICTC and I’m now doing outreach to educators across Canada and hoping to create a national framework for cyber-education. Graduates of my program have leveraged their Networking Academy qualifications and experiences to work all over the world. Cisco’s NetAcad doesn’t just offer students exciting possibilities, it provides them for its instructors too!”
Dan of USA thanks St. Louis Community College for help with CCENT, CCNA which led to a job as Channel Sales Engineer in the SaS sector.
“Having spent 5+ years in telecommunications, I can say that I know how the 1’s and 0’s of networking truly function. Understanding the fundamentals of routing, IP addressing, and device configuration enabled me to have better conversations with my customers and sales teams.”
Segun of Nigeria thanks Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-ife for help with Networking (CCNA level 1), Cloud Security, IoT Security, Linux Essentials which led to a job as Instructor in the Education sector.
“I was passionate about networking, cybersecurity even programming; Cisco Networking Academy allows me to pursue my passion. It gives me the space to do so. I personally developed my skills in more productivity, better communication, and critical thinking, such as asking questions, reflecting and analyzing. I was able to represent the company I work for in a digital skills competition. I took 1st based on the skills I acquired at the academy. I have been able to teach and train a lot of students in networking and cybersecurity.”
Peter of Nigeria thanks University of Calabarfor help with CyberOps Associate which led to a job as Web Developer in the IT sector.
“This has really helped me and my teams to understand what is 🤐 to be shared and always be conscious of most information.”