I'm trying to work out whether CCIE is worth pursuing for my situation.
I've always worked as a network manager for fairly small companies so my experience is pretty broad as I had to look after everything. I've set up a Pix, VPN Concentrator, a few small routers as well as Exchange, IIS, SQL. I've written a VB.NET/ SQL application used by hundreds of people everyday.
I've tried to ensure I do things properly and learnt as much as I can along the way picking up a few qualifications (CCNP, CCSP, CISSP, MCSE, CWSP) as this seemed a good way to learn best practice.
To get to the point I've done lots of stuff but do not have a great deal of experience in any one area
I've set up Pix, but only 3 outside of a lab
I've set up only about a dozen Cisco routers in production, mostly 800s to vpn to head office.
I set up a Cisco wireless LAN to authenticate via radius using client certificates, but I've only ever done this once.
I've gained as much experience as I can doing what I'm doing now, But i've been told recently by a recruitment consultant that I do not have enough experience to get a job in networking or with a larger corporate company.
I've about ready to sit CCIE R&S Written but am not sure if gaining a CCIE will help me considering my lack of experience.
I guess what I'm asking you guys isâ¦ Will gaining a CCIE, with it having a practical component compensate for my lack of specific experience?
Thanks for reading this and any insight will be greatly appreciated.