I'm very happy because the exam season has finally been finished. Last exam was dedicated to programming in C and I can't say that I'm very confident about passing with a good grade to this discipline.
Maybe because I didn't slept much or because C is not my favorite sort of language at all, I did the exam mostly with the intention of just passing by this one, let's see how the grades turn out.
Just as I'm finishing the exam season, another sort of education is also on the start - CISCO certification as a network administrator - more explicitly - the CCNA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cisco_Career_Certifications
I've spent the last 4 years doing administration tasks and I think that now is a good time to invest in professional certifications in order to help constructing a better career for the future while learning more about networking.
Hope to reach an expert level some day, I know it takes a lot of time and commitment to make it possible but I'm also very motivated to move forward with my professional life and seek out new challenges.
Unfortunately, commitment also means no summer holidays with my family this year - CISCO lasts throughout all summer vacations and I'm left with little over 4 days this month to go outside and visit other islands near by.
One fun fact - the teacher on the introduction lesson began speaking about commonly used industry standard tools for network tasks and guess what?
TFTPD32 from Philippe Jounin, our friend on boot land is well recommended by Cisco - what a small world indeed.
To complete the four levels proposed by CCNA should last a few months until the end of February 2009, let's see how this goes.
-- Nuno Brito