Looking forward to next year I am trying to set some realistic career goals for myself. Needless to say, setting realistic short term and long term goals is essential to progressing as a technologist.
When I was just graduating from high school in 2002 I set one long term goal for myself, to obtain CCIE certification. As the years have passed and the profession has advanced my goals have continued to evolve. Now that I have achieved the previous milestone I had set for myself, looking forward I have my eye fixed on an even loftier goal: Cisco Certified Architect.
In short, that is one of the main drivers of this blog, to begin to document my journey whether I achieve this goal or not. I may find that, given my current career path and progression, this goal may just not be obtainable. When announced it was stated that both CCIE and CCDE certification as well as 10 years experience were required prerequisites. However currently Cisco only shows the CCDE certification as the prerequisite.
Since there are, by most accounts, far fewer than 100 CCDEs currently this makes the CCAr eligible crowd very exclusive indeed. Again, this feat my prove to be insurmountable but this does not mean that I cannot work towards this very arduous long term goal.
In 2012 I am looking a couple of certifications that should help me not only broaden my horizons as a technologist but should also serve as stepping stones which will enable me to inch closer to my ultimate goal. In short, in 2012, I would like to accomplish the following:
- Microsoft MCITP: Enterprise Administrator 2008 (http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcitp.aspx#tab2)
- F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) certification (http://www.f5.com/services/global-training/course-descriptions/big-ip-ltm-advanced.html)
- The Open Group Certified IT Architect (Open CA) (http://www3.opengroup.org/certifications/professional/open-ca) (http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/library/ar-togaf1/)
- Cisco CCIE Security written
I was really thinking of making a big push for CCIE Security next year but I want to spend some time developing my skills outside of Cisco-centric internetworking, IE broaden my horizons.
The Microsoft MCITP will help me to keep in touch with developments taking place in the systems engineering arena and refresh some of my very rusty systems administration and engineering skills.
The F5 LTM certification will help me make better use of the extensive F5 footprint we deploy in the enterprise I currently work for. Load balances are a major component to my general architectural philosophy and strategy and I would like to understand more of the intricacies with F5 load balancers specifically.
The major goal and focal point of mine for 2012 will be the Open CA level 1, Certified IT Architect certification. This will be my first step towards accrediting myself as an enterprise architect. I hope to develop a lot of soft skills and general IT process understanding.
Not to be left out is certification of my current CCIE by passing my CCIE Security. I fully intend to obtain my second CCIE certification but that may not be my focus next year.
Ideally, within the next two years I would like to obtain Open CA, Master Architect (level 3), CCIE Security. I really want to obtain these two credentials before I turn 30 (I turned 28 a month before passing finally passing my CCIE) and move onto CCDE and CCAr after that.
We will end this discussion there however. I don’t like discussing goals after I turn 30. It’s not going to happen… I’m just going to stay in my 20s forever!
Brandon Mangold CCIE 31104
CCSP, CCNP: Security, CCDP, CCNP, MCSE 2003