Hello, Cisco professionals.
Before I ask my question, let me give a bit of background which might influence the answers:
Until last year I was an industrial sanitation foreman. Following my plant's closure, the State offered to fund vocational training in any locally-in-demand occupation. I chose 'network tech' on the advice of an acquaintance.
"I owe the guy," doesn't adequately cover my gratitude. I LOVE this field! I jumped into the Netacad program last April and have since completed my CCNA, CCNP, and this Saturday passed the -IE r/s written. Nine months remain in my program and I'd like to find an internship or work-study in the industry while working on the CCSP, MCSE and IE r/s Lab prep.
What I'm asking for now are reports from others who are or have been in my situation about what various sizes/types of companies' reactions have been when they've been asked to underwrite lab attempts by entry-level employees who are able to demonstrate their preparedness.
I'm considering focusing instead on assisting my instructor with a publishing project for a couple months, but sooner or later I'll seek an internship and I'd like to direct a partial eye toward who's likely to encourage an attempt at completing my certification. I've heard such mixed messages on the topic that I decided to ask here.
Thanks in advance!
- Enthusiastic Cisco Student