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Lifelong Learning - leverage your curiosity to earn more

TL;DR - learn more, get certs, earn $$ Lifelong learning sounds straightforward enough, right? It is, and it isn't...  According to Wikipedia, lifelong learning is: ...the "ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated" pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. It is important for an individual's competitiveness and employability, but also enhances social inclusion, active citizenship, and personal development. Now, let's clarify "self-motivated" since it doesn't mean it's purely an idealistic, selfless love of learning that drives you. Though it may, and you or someone you know may be an insatiably curious person that wants to learn about how everything works or why everything is what it is... Your job and your potential next job can certainly be motivators. However, it doesn't mean you're only studying lucrative, "worthwhile" pursuits that can lead to earning more money (though that's always a good motiva
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Re-certifying your CCIE via Continuing Education for less than $900!

Originally published by me on  LinkedIn in August of 2020 . Updated - as of 9/7/2022, this deal is still active on  Cisco's DevNet! A New Way to Recertify A few years ago, Cisco created a new way for CCIEs to re-certify. Instead of cramming for a test (that may not be relevant to your current job) every two years, they created a Continuing Education (CE) program to let you earn credits while learning new skills. Simply earn 120 CE credits throughout the year and you can then use those (it's now automatic vs. having to manually ""spend"" the credits) to re-certify for three years. Going to Cisco Live and attending breakouts/technical sessions can earn CE credits for things you were going to do anyway (right??) while you're there. Taking Cisco's Learning Network courses like SD-WAN and DevNet were, in my opinion, more useful than cramming for a written exam and could be more relevant as "old dogs" try to learn some new tricks to keep up! FYI,

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