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    Quote Originally Posted by TheNewITGuy View Post
    Just out of curiosity - what do you do cisco_trooper
    Sr. Route/Switch/Security Consultant for a Cisco Gold Partner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skinsFan202 View Post
    just two types? nah I don't think it's that cut and dry. There's a lot of grey area in between. I've known plenty CCIEs who forget simple things like that simply because it's so long since they've been in a situation where they needed the knowledge.

    I remember there was a time when my manager at one of my previous employers wanted to configure HSRP between two gateways. A simple task yet he had no clue what the commands were off the top of his head just because he hadn't done it in at least 3 or 4 years. I was a great help in that situation since I was in the middle of CCNP studies at the time so it was so fresh on my mind. The guy had got his CCIE R&S about 4 or 5 years prior... sharp as a whip especially when it came to troubleshooting. Even though he couldn't bang out the config, he knew exactly why/what he wanted to do.

    You say there are IEs who never stop striving to be better engineers? How about IEs who are working on their 4th or 5th CCIE? If you're working on your 4th or 5th, there is no way in the world you can still be as proficient in the area you completed your first one in. The information is just too much. I know a guy who just recently passed the CCIE Data Center for his 6th CCIE. He did Voice back in '07. His ability with Voice is wayyyyyy down from what it used to be. It's impossible to keep everything fresh in your mind especially once you start studying other specializations or technologies. That's just the nature of IT
    Totally agree. I have had CCNA since 2005. Then obtained CCNP and they both expired. Now I'm working on recertification and plan on going for CCDP after. I don't do it for the money though. I just like it and enjoy learning these technologies. I believe that if you are really good at something that you enjoy doing and employers can realize that.. you have a good chance of getting a better position / paycheck. It is imperative in my opinion to always climb and not be stuck in a position for too long. The information in this forum is very informative and I'd like to thank you all for your comments.
    Cheers!!!!
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