Calling All Network Pros: Obtain Expert Status

Are you a mid-level networking professional? Are you looking to increase your skills and gain expert status? If so, you are part of an industry trend focused on building up the number of experts available to build out networks.

A recent study by Forrester Consulting shows that the industry is demanding more specialized and expert-level skills of employees. In response, Cisco recently launched the 360 Learning Program for the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) Routing and Switching certification.

The first of its kind at Cisco, the program aims “to get experts in the right place at the right time,” said Christine Yoshida, senior manager of product marketing management for Learning@Cisco. “[While] we have previously focused on the associate level [in our certification and learning opportunities], we’re really focusing on the expert level this time and filling that gap around the world.”

The company has decided to switch gears toward experts because it acknowledges that gaps exist at all ability levels, and more work was needed in the expert area. “The ideal candidate [for the 360 program] is someone who is already working at a professional level, or who has their CCNP [Cisco Certified Network Professional] and has been working for a while in their role,” Yoshida said.

The 360 program takes a blended learning approach, said Yoshida, offering a number of modalities to accommodate different learning styles and schedules. These include on-demand classes, searchable lectures, practice labs, timed online assessments and optional instructor-led training.

The program’s most notable…


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