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RE: Are CCIEs and other Cisco certifications as valuable as they used to be?
Kenny is a great example of the next generation of CCIEs. If you have not seen this LinkedIn discussion (group Tech Certifications) or the CCIE Flyer articles she has provided (www.ccieflyer.com) then you should go check it out. The CCIE certification remains a terrific way to lift one?s career to new heights. I do predict a turnaround in the old trend of hiring only senior resources in Networking in favor of cost saving neophytes. Some of you in this forum have seen and felt the hesitancy of employers who are selecting only experts in the field and they do not give a proven smart youngster a start. But one of my predictions for 2011 is an end to that trend (which really has only been happening for about 10 years). I mentioned an Iranian CCIE here in this discussion yesterday, his update includes several interviews my team has been able to land him so his life may make a significant change. His struggle is a human struggle not a tale of race or religion, but human. Perseverance is a strong drink but it will be as refreshing as cool water when the journey leaves that milestone behind. Hang in there all of you, please. Our industry needs young blood more than you may know.