CCNA or Python?


#1

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I want to open up a discussion about the future of networking. Please share your experiences and plans for the future. As you know we get a lot of new community members that are brand new to their careers and I think we have a great opportunity here for our experienced members and our IKEs to share their experience and advice.


I personally agree with Network Chuck here. I think the need for the "Unicorn Engineer" is very high right now. What does everyone else think?






#2

Great discussion topic, and super relevant right now. I remember when I was help desk and heavy on windows server / switch / routing / environment and people encouraged me to dig into an Apple/Linux environments to learn and expand myself. I remember when I saw how SaaS/App's were coming down the pipe and I sought out people, videos, classes to help me skill up to make the transition into app / saas infrastrcture support, which was fun. When I think back, I realize that almost every area I skilled up in post-college degree has opened up avenues for me to explore new opportunities and be on the frontier.


Personally, I think it's very important to be multi-disciplinary in order to engage in work (that I think) is relevant, fun and challenging. Maybe others can chime in, but I think in today's world, we should get rid of the 'or' when weighing options and framing questions, but start thinking more with 'and' in mind.


#3

So just to share with the forum here, I posted this question on LinkedIn:
CCNA or Python? What would you recommend to an up and coming network engineer?


10,000 views and 36 comments later, it seems the agreement is this:

You need to learn networking first, in order to understand what the Python scripts are doing. At the same time, Python is a powerful skill to have. So CCNA first, then Python. You need both, in that order.


#4

I found a great mindmap to accomplish the first task:

The full resource is here - https://neckercube.com/index.php/2018/04/11/mind-map-for-ccie-ccnp-routing-switching/ which includes the mindmap of topics that are covered on the current Cisco CCIE RSv5 lab exam

I also love how they used Mindnode, one of my favorite tools.