The cat is out of the bag.

The cat is out of the bag.

I am going for my 2nd CCIE. This time its in the Service Provider track.

For a while i have felt something missing. And what is missing is a clear cut direction on what i want to learn more about in my professional life.

I had a choice to make. Should i simply pick out areas of interest in the networking space and learn what i could about those or should i commit to a certain CCIE track and follow that path of learning.

I decided on the latter. There are several reasons for this. First off, is the fact that the CCIE program will take you through technologies that are used in that specific track. Seeing as i dont have much in the way of experience in the Service Provider field, its great with some guidance.

Another important reason for me, is that i can split up the journey to the CCIE into several sub-goals and work towards those. This has the benefit that i can measure my progress and lift myself up that way. Im sure you could do this without going for the CCIE as well, but for me, it makes it simpler.

So why the Service Provider track? — Well, if i had to describe it with one word, i would say “passion”. I started looking at Security as the next thing and even though lab equipment is alot easier to get your hands on for security, i just couldnt “feel” it. And if i learned anything from the first round, its that you cant go through with this without a great deal of passion.

I have little to no knowledge of many of the SP topics like Sonet/SDH, but they interest me. And thats what i need to keep going.

So there you have it. Thats the next goal for my professional life.

I will provide an update on how i will go about it and in what time frame, when i have worked out a plan for it.

Again. Stay tuned!