Originally Posted by SanAntonioBound
Everyone also throws in that "you can always get your knowledge of networking from certs like Net+ and CCNA / CCNP, etc.
The only thing you get from a cert is a cert and a line item on a resume. Cramming info for a test to earn a badge is not entirely useless, but there's a huge disconnect between what is tested for during certifications and the real world business environment. Get your Networking knowledge by networking. There are many great products out there that can simulate an environment (such as VMWare Player). You can configure a VM to run Cisco iOS simulating a router, setup remote locations, all that fun stuff.
I've interviewed quite a few people with CCNA certs so I asked questions they should have known being "Certified." What I found was that they were either lying, or studied a cliff notes version of the info to get a check in the box. One fellow was able to give me the number of available hosts from a CIDR notation, but he had no idea what protocol would test all 7 layers of the OSI model with one command. The OSI model (being the basis of the Cisco Networking Platform) should probably be understood a little better than an algebraic equation.
Humans are the only creatures that won't live up to the their potential. Give everything your all. When you die, die on E.
So I ask you, what do you intend to do now?