It has been difficult…
- family life (wife + kids)
- health problems
- someone dear to me passing
- career direction change (from perm job, into consultancy)
- few stupid things I’d been doing too
… quite few things have happened in the past 2 years and in many occasions I had to put my studies on hold. And when you are preparing for CCIE exams, putting things on hold is the last thing you want.
But here I am … I insisted, I persevered and finally passed my written exam two days ago and with a good score too:
It is only now that I consider my CCIE journey has actually started and it will certainly be a lot harder. To help me through the process, I will use this space as some sort of CCIE diary where I will write down abut the ups and downs throughout the entire process.
Yesterday, I have started my planning and after a bit of research, I decided to attempt the exam on October 13th, in London (no, it’s not a Friday!) :
For my studies, I’ll be using the approach outlined here. The schedule is for 12 months preparation – in my case, I’ve given myself 6 months (roughly) and therefore, I had to introduce some changes.
It was recommended a 12h per week – so I am thinking 12h a week to pass CCIE exam in 1year, 30 hours a week should be enough to pass it in 5-6 months! So I will try my best to get 3 – 4 hours daily from Monday to Friday and an extra 6 hours for each Saturday & Sundays.
I know … not trying to be pessimistic – this is still quite tight schedule. That’s the plan and it’s semi-realistic too … there is a chance of succeeding. The worse that can happen is not being ready in which case, I would simply postpone it to February next 2015 – this is the next available date for the Mobile lab.
So really, I need to make a decision three months from now! Hmmmm …
Well – GOOD LUCK TO ME!