No– negative attitude towards CCIE
Yes– positive attitude towards CCIE
Shall we talk about our views on CCIE Certification?
First of all, the Cisco market is not very large (compared with Microsoft). You can see how many Cisco gold and silver agents are in China. For each Cisco gold and silver agent, only two CCIE Certifications are needed. Which company will pay more for CCIE, which is useless?
First of all, CCIE is not a certificate but a level. So far, CCIE is the only certification that requires LAB. As Cisco’s CCIE manager said, this program’s purpose is not to make you a CCIE but a Certified Internet Expert. Note that E in CCIE is an expert, not an engineer.
Secondly, from a technical point of view, it should be said that CCIE and CCNA are different. It involves very low-level things; that is to say, these things you learn can only be used for Cisco; that is, your future will be limited very much.
Secondly, CCIE and CCNA/CCNP are different. If you have passed MCSE or CNE, I guarantee you can pass CCNP. The method is simple, which is memorizing the questions. But CCIE can never be settled by “reciting.” Known as the most difficult exam in the industry – CCIE LAB is an open-book exam. You can check the CD in the exam. Network technology is extensive and profound. Who can be proficient in all aspects? So, just as you do in real work, you can check the information if you don’t understand. But under pressure, can you master something you don’t understand in just a few minutes? CCIE needs fast learning ability, a flexible mind, and fearlessness under pressure.
If you say, “What you learn can only be used in Cisco,” then you must be a layman. I have CNE5/MCNE, MCSE/MCSD, CCNP/CCDP, and CCIE Written Certifications. The first exam I took was CNE4. It gives me great tips for learning MCSE. When I passed the MCSE exam and took the MCNE exam, the experience of NT made me pass easily. When I learned the Active Directory of Win2000, Novell’s NDS experience made me familiar with ADS. How can we say that “learning something can only be used for something”? Recently, I did a network equipment test for a customer. There is a device I have never seen before, but it must be connected to our device, and the device manufacturer cannot provide assistance. So I downloaded the document from the Internet, and with my network knowledge learned from CCNP, I spent an evening settling it. Can you say, “What you learn from Cisco can only be used in Cisco”? Will it be limited to death in the future?
Again, from the cost perspective, the CCIE examination fee is very high. Even if you rely on self-study and the examination is successful, when you get the certificate, you will find that thousands of dollars have slipped away from your pocket.
Examination fees are only one of the obstacles. But can you say that it is the only obstacle? Dare you to say, “You help me pay the exam fee; I promise I have passed the exam”? Have you experienced countless sleepless nights watching OSPF and BGP4? Are you still studying when you go to the toilet? Do you believe that your hard work will yield results? Or do you just buy test questions for a certificate?
If you pass the CCIE Certification Exam, your salary is indeed expensive, and your monthly salary of 10-20K is basically guaranteed. However, we would like to advise you that if you have this ability but you use this ability for pure technology, you will never be able to get your due return.
If you pass the CCIE Certification Exam, you will not have a monthly salary of 10-20K immediately. But the reward you can get is absolutely beyond your imagination. We are not too rich in technology, but the real fun lies in technology. This is not what people who make money by selling test questions can realize.