Time rus fast and 4 months are already passed since I started this journey. I believe it’s important to stop for a moment and analyze how I’ve done so far in order to plan the remaing 6 months ahead.
I’ve already passed two certifications:
- JNCIA: the entry point to the Juniper’s world.
- BCVRE: a certification from Brocade focused on its virtual solution.
As I said in my previous update, I was going to focus on some Linux and Network Automation skills. During the past two months I’ve started using tools and technologies like Ansible, Jinja2, SQLite3 and I’ve done a eavy usage of GNS3 and VirtualBox to set up a working virtual environment. I’ve also completed the Linux Command Line course on Code Academy.
I’ve posted two little projects about those topics:
- A Cisco, a Juniper, a Vyatta Router…and an Ansible Playbook: a multivendors lab to automatically generate BGP configurations.
- Network Automation Project – Part 1: something more “structured” to gain exposure on DB interaction with Python.
Moreover, I’m currently working on other projects, both personal and collaborating with other awesome peers.
This is something I’m really proud of, because I feel like I’m doing something useful for other “networking dreamers” like me 🙂
I’ve performed 4 interviews to ex-interns so far:
- Project:Them01: an interview to Jakub Mlynarczyk, ex intern at Google who now works as a fulltime Network Engineer at Google.
- Project:Them02: an interview to Matija Mrkoci, ex intern at Cisco.
- Project:Them03: an interview to Ishan Shah, ex intern at LinkedIn
- Project:Them04: an interview to Bruce DeWald, ex intern at Cisco Meraki
Few week ago I applied to the Cisco Engineer Incubator Program
It is a special educational program designed by Cisco engineers and Cisco Networking Academy to support employment of talented students and graduates. Specifically to support those who are interested in networking technologies and starting a career in IT.
You will benefit from free CCNP course at your local Cisco Networking Academy. There will also be advanced technology and soft skills seminars and webinars delivered by Cisco experts during our regular virtual and live office visits as well as meetings with the Krakow Global Support Center team.
This is something really interesting to me and so I decided to give it a try.
Yesterday I passed the phone interview and within the next few days I should be noticed whether I’m selected to attend the assessment center, which is the last step into the selection process. Fingers crossed 🙂
I’m receiving lot of support and positive feedbacks from everyone. More and more people and young guys seem to be interested in this project and this makes me really happy. My blog visits are also increasing rapidly, starting from a total of 146 views in June to almost 600 during these first 10 days of October.
Moreover, many experienced professional reached out offering tips and help, which is something I’d never thought could happen. Probably this is the most important goal reached so far 🙂
WHAT IS NEXT?
CERTS: As stated into the Project:Me10’s Manifesto, the next major milestone is represented by the JNCIS-ENT certification. Today I’m starting my studies and I’m going to complete them within November.
PROJECT:THEM: I’m working on two more interviews to be posted soon and I’m sure you’ll find them so interesting 🙂
NETWORKING SKILLS: Among JNCIS-ENT, I’m going to going deep on some topics I feel I’m not that confortable like before.
So, back to work 🙂