Cisco CCIE Mentorship Program
thinQtank® Learning offers a distinctive mentorship program that is built on a very personal and challenging developmental relationship in which experienced and knowledgeable engineers, architects and peers helps to guide our members on their quest to complete the Cisco CCIE Certification Program.
At thinQtank® Learning we know that true mentoring is more than just answering occasional questions or providing ad hoc guidance. It is about an ongoing relationship of learning, dialogue, and challenge.
Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Routing and Switching (CCIE Routing and Switching) certifies the skills required of expert-level network engineers to plan, operate and troubleshoot complex, converged network infrastructure.
This program is designed with years of experience and knowledge to deliver the most effective methods of learning and retaining the knowledge necessary to successfully complete the CCIE Routing and Switching Certification program. This is not a “quick fix” solution. The mentoring process typically includes four to five months of participation concluding with a one week in classroom capstone session. In addition, there is an optional 3-day CCIE Routing and Switching written training camp at the conclusion of the mentoring process but prior to the capstone classroom session.
Why is this mentoring program successful?
We define clear objectives of the program and assist potential participants. Our defined objectives are smart – specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound.
We are passionate about the program. Our mentors provide essential ongoing support, training and coaching to the program participants. All of the program mentors and peer mentors will identify strengths and weaknesses throughout. Each of or mentors are passionate, excellent communicators and have critical organizational skills.
We balance structure and flexibility into the program. While we understand a level of formality is required with any successful mentoring process, participant training, progress tracking, and communication; we know that mentoring is about individual learning and growth, and our program is individually customized based on participant goals and preferred methods of learning.
We prepare our participants for success. We know that productive mentoring doesn’t just happen. We will ensure that all mentors, peers and participants are clearly educated on the program goals, participant roles, mentoring best practices and our mentoring process. Our mentors will work directly with participants to identify and clarify their own objectives. We also know that refining and tuning the mentoring process doesn’t just end after the initial orientation. We will continually tune the process throughout to help participants stay on track and get the most out of the program.
We track, measure and tune. We are constantly tracking our program, evaluate metrics and continually request feedback. We work to assess the outcomes of our mentor and participant connections.
How does the program work?
Once a candidate has enrolled in the program, our CCIE certified engineers will conduct an initial assessment interview with the candidate to gain a clear understanding of the knowledge and ability of the candidate. This initial assessment is to also ensure that the program goals and objectives are in line with the candidate’s goals and objectives. The key deliverable from this initial assessment is to identify strength and weaknesses to align a training curriculum that will define the training curriculum over the following months.
Our program is not designed to provide simply one week of a bootcamp style course that has little likelihood in delivering a high rate of success for the written and practical exams. We believe that a four to five-month program of mentorship and learning collaboration with peers followed by a group capstone session is the best way to ensure success.
During this four to five-month period, our team will work with each candidate to define weekly self-study exercises with hands-on lab exercises to solidify the knowledge and skills in that exam topic. Assessments along the way allow our team to evaluate the progress and verify the candidate’s understanding of the materials.
If the candidate has not passed the qualification exam, we will work with the candidates throughout the mentoring months to prepare them for the written exam.
At the end of the mentoring program students will get together in person with our CCIE certified trainer as a capstone session to ensure final preparation and success with the practical lab exam.
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