Short Take: Learn to Think

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Short Take: Education is Useless

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Chatting with Eman Conde at CHINOG about Certifications

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Rehashing Certifications

1 February 2018 | 2 Comments

While at Cisco Live in Barcelona this week, I had a chat with someone—I don’t remember who—about certifications. The main point that came out of the conversation was this: One of the big dangers with chasing a certification is you will end up chasing knowledge about using a particular vendor feature set, rather than chasing…

Master of None

21 August 2017 | 1 Comment

Should you be a johnny do-it-all, or so deep that no-one understands what you are saying? It’s time to talk about the shape of knowledge—and how important it is to be intentional about the shape of your knowledge.

What Skill Should I Learn Next?

8 May 2017 | 3 Comments

The perennial question in network engeineering—or any engineering, really—is “what skill should I learn next? I take a shot at answering this question in this week’s video.

Overvaluing Experience

28 June 2016 | 4 Comments

“Sure, great candidate—so long as you just look at the paper. They don’t have any experience.” I wonder how many times I’ve heard this in my networking career—I wonder how many times this has been said about me, in fact, after I’ve walked out of an interview room. We all know the tale of the…

What Language Should You Learn?

23 May 2016 | Comments Off on What Language Should You Learn?

So you’ve decided, for all the reasons given in my last post on this topic, that you want to learn to code. The next, obvious, question is: what language should you learn? Remember the goal isn’t just to learn to code, but to learn the mindset, tools, and structure of coding; to dog past the…

Why you need to learn to code

16 May 2016 | 11 Comments

We’ve all heard it by now: you’d better learn to code, or your network engineering career is going to die a quick (and potentially painful) death. Maybe you could still act as a briefcase carrier, and call yourself a consultant, but without coding skills, you’re open ended job is going to become a dead end,…

Thoughts on Certifications

9 November 2015 | 6 Comments

Should you stack up certifications, or should you learn something new? To put the question a different way: should Ethan get his CCDE? This week a couple of posts filtered through to my RSS feed that seem worth responding to on the certification front. Let’s begin with the second question first. This week, Ethan posted:…