I am interested in learning Cisco VoIP but I know nothing about VoIP.
I am 27 years old and have been working in IT for the past five years. I got my CCIE-sec five years ago and is preparing for Juniper JNCIP. I have been working with various security products in the past five years, mainly Cisco, Juniper, F5 and Sonicwall. I am not doing too bad financially, getting about 150k/year as a full-time employee for a fortune 100 company.
I am at a point now where I am not sure I like doing security products for the next five years. I am interested in Cisco Unified Communications but I know nothing about it. I just finished building my first CUM business edition on VMware so I do have something to play with I guess.
Obviously if I go into the Unified Communications career path, I will be taking a big salary hit but I guess I do not mind if it is short term thing, may be < 12 months. I guess my eventual goal is to get certified in CCIE-V. I have a few questions for people who make career changes from one area into a new area of IT:
1- How long does it take for someone with no experience like myself to be good with Cisco VoIP? I intend to take some voice bootcamp from GlobalKnowledge
2- How long does it take to prepare and become a CCIE-V? It took me five months to prepapre and pass the CCIE-sec on the first attempt but that was five years ago. I was preparing for the lab for five straight months 12 hours every days, weekend included. Is CCIE-V lab exam much different than CCIE-sec?
3- How long would it take a person with CCIE-V to get to an expert level and make more than 150k/year as a full-time employee?
If it takes about 12 months to get back to my security salary level and working on Cisco VoIP technology, that is something I would be very interested in giving it a try.
Is that doable? Many thanks