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By billiam_home2 ·
Hi all,
I had my cisco cnna exams in october 2007, and i am currently studying for CCNP EXAMS. I have been looking for a job in order to gain some experience in the working field ,but i have not found one. I am from cameroon.I was asking if i could get any help from anyone. Thanks for your understanding.

Ngangsi

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some thoughts

by Dr Dij In reply to experience

first you give no details of your other education. You speak English very well in typed form, which is a plus compared to some non-US / UK posters on this forum.

I presume you are still in cameroon. If so, you have to be aware of your target companies: they may have minimal use at local cities for this type of experience, or no openings.

Secondly companies look NOT just at one cert but at a whole YOU. What other capabilities do you have? Do you have other network experience, not just Cisco? Wireless? PC experience, or failing that something like the fairly easy cert A+. Do you own a PC? have you repaired / upgraded it?

And of course the non-tech side: do you come over as pushy or confident? are you expecting too much in salary when you filled out employment apps.. The list goes on and on. a cert doesn't guarantee you a job. You'll need to realistically appraise your capabilities and try to improve. Soft skills (communication, writing, PC productivity apps like word, excel, access, powerpoint..)

You might try some of the courses by joining the ACM (acm.org). for $99 / year you get online access to tech courses plus soft skill courses. with 2,500 courses you can do quite alot to improve yourself. branch out and take some courses in self improvement soft skills. also do related areas: wireless, telecommunications, general networking, popular operating systems, such as linux and windoze.

take a few of the SAP courses on the ACM site, not to get a job in SAP because you sound like you want to be a network tech but to get familiar with biz terms and systems such as ERP, dw, etc used in most companies. Good luck!

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by billiam_home2 In reply to some thoughts

Dear sir,
I am very happy to receive such a fatherly reply from you, if you were not patient then you would'nt have taken your time to write all that message to me.

I am a Cameroonian, 24 years old.But i am living in Cameroon. I have got the following academy career,High School, CCNA , some basic knowledge on Wimax, Hardware maintenance,implementation of wireless broadbands. (IEEE 802.16 STANDARDS)

Also got some Certificates from the United Nations on Ethics in Peace Keeping and conflict analysis from the United Nations institute of training and research.

Also, i participated in the united nations online global compact project volunteer.

For my capabilities, i am eligible in performing the following task,

: Troubleshooting


- Ability to utilize the OSI model as a guide for systematic network troubleshooting, perform a LAN and VLAN troubleshooting.
- Troubleshoot routing protocols, IP addressing and host configuration.
- Troubleshoot a device as part of a working network and perform simple WAN troubleshooting
- Trouble shoot an access list

Planning and Designing
- Design a simple LAN using Cisco Technology
- Design an IP addressing scheme to meet design requirements
- Select an appropriate routing protocol based on user requirements
- Design a simple internet work using Cisco technology
- Develop an access list to meet user specifications
- Choose WAN services to meet customer requirements
Implementation and operation
- Configure routing protocols given user requirements
- Configure IP addresses, subnet masks, and gateway addresses on routers and hosts
- Configure a router for additional administrative functionality
- Configure a switch with VLANS and inter-switch communication
- Implement a LAN
- Customize a switch configuration to meet specified network requirements
- Manage system image and device configuration files
- Perform an initial configuration on a router
- Perform an initial configuration on a switch
- Implement access lists
Implement simple WAN protocols
- Configure routing protocols given user requirements.
- Configure IP addresses, subnet masks, and gateway addresses on routers and hosts
- Configure a router for additional administrative functionality
- Configure a switch with VLANS and inter-switch communication
- Implement a LAN
- Customize a switch configuration to meet specified network requirements
- Manage system image and device configuration files
- Perform an initial configuration on a router
- Perform an initial configuration on a switch
- Implement access

Actually , i am not looking for a job because i am expecting to be paid high, but my main reason of looking for a job is to gain the working experience in my field , because i really do have the for this field.

I own a personal computer at home but it does not have access to the internet.

Thanks very much for your understanding.

Ngangsi Richard

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You did manage to post here

by Dr Dij In reply to experience

many of the ACM courses have a 'download' option. get a USB memory stick, copy the course to that after downloading and you can run it on your personal PC (make sure both have a USB port first).

Like I said, round yourself out. You're listing a bunch of cisco stuff. companies like people who can do other jobs. And who can speak, write well, and have a 'can do' attitude - no challenge is too great!

In countries with less heavy industries, you will have to figure out where to look. I'm sure there are banks, logging, mines..

read some of these
http://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/country/1998/9204098.pdf
www.mbendi.co.za/indy/oilg/af/ca/p0005.htm
(found by typing +cameroon +industry into yahoo)

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by billiam_home2 In reply to You did manage to post he ...

Dear sir ,
Thanks for your reply, i am very greatfull . Well i will online register at ACM may by this month end. But please try to give me updates.Thanks.

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Thanks, doc

by santeewelding In reply to experience

Your answer was gracious.

I need some of that stuff, too. I wrote it down.

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bgp

by billiam_home2 In reply to Thanks, doc

please sir,
I have not seen the stuff you are talking about.

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"Stuff"

by santeewelding In reply to bgp

I refer to several specifics.

Not least, that of one Dr.Dij, having become known to me in my time here, as learned and comfortably experienced in the field. He freely and clearly imparts the benefit of those years -- years we both lack.

His reference to a site (acm.org) tripped an exact switch for me, opening new circuits in my efforts to learn.

By also mentioning "soft" skills, particularly productivity applications, he confirms conclusions I reach with respect to my own dreadful state.

There is more. They are of lesser importance, though, than his grasp and sweep. It is to those I pay most attention.

Perhaps that is what you do not see.

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