I've had a couple of this guys videos appear in my YouTube feed recently. Maybe because I watch a fair bit of IT stuff. I watched the below video today and I pretty much disagree with everything he says. I explain why below.
I wouldn't normally bother to comment but looking at the high number of views of this and his other videos I feel obliged to say something as it's exactly the opposite of what I think you should be doing. Bear in mind that he is entitled to his opinion of course, mine is based on 18 years in IT making a career change from the police and working from helpdesk to running an international IT training company.
I'll go through his main points with my rebuttal/POV. I'm not trying to convince you or trash the guy, you have a brain so work out whose advice best suits you and your circumstances. Bear in mind also that of course I run an IT book publishing business and a video certification website so clearly I'm biased.
1. Textbooks are heavy to lug around.
Okay. They weigh about the same as a bag of sugar. Drop it in a rucksack and carry it. Are you really going to not buy a book because you can't carry 2-3 pounds (1KG)?
2. It's $40 you have to spend.
I've written so much about how much you should look at investing in your career. All CCNA level engineers were surveyed and the average salary is $55,000 to $90,000. Yeah yeah I know, not everybody walks into that and it's dependent upon quals, experience and location but these salary levels are FACT. You can pass the Cisco CCNA in around 2-4 months unless you are a lazy pig and watch TV instead. Will you really balk at putting around $100-200 into study guides and online video training?
3. The book is only as good as the time the exam is active.
Duh! Each exam lasts for around three years. That's pretty good value. The old book by this time will be full of useful notes you can still refer to. In many cases, you can get any updates online or read up on the new topics or spend out another $40. That's pretty good value for three years materials surely. I have books dating back to the 90's that I still refer to. Also, bear-in-mind that your company and clients may well be running ‘legacy' systems you still need to support.
Oh, and some things are removed from the syllabus and reappear years later. I groaned when Cisco removed RIP from the CCNA syllabus about six years ago. It reappeared in the latest version again! Lucky I kept my old books.
4. You need three things to pass any IT exam. Video guides, lab and certification guide.
He's right, he's back tracking here about using books, but he's also wrong. You don't really need a video course UNLESS you are a visual learner. I've passed a ton of IT exams without video training. I know I run a video training site but I'm clear that it isn't for everyone. Also wrong on what you need, you need a ton of practise exams. These are the things which train your brain to apply what you have learned to questions. If your first exam attempt is the real one then kiss goodbye to around $250 sucker.
5. Use Safari Books Online.
I've never used this site. I've heard of Safari Books but never bought one. It appears to be providing e-books and video training for various IT topics. It's $399 per year or $39 per month. If you (like most students) need a physical book to write in and make notes on you will still have to budget for an actual book. You still have to get access to practise exams and of course get hands-on time somehow so you pass the practical elements you will be tested on in Cisco, Amazon, Microsoft exams (and many other providers).
I checked the site for books only. There are a ton of books on there but when searching for CCNA for example, I found many of the versions were out-of-date. I haven't tried out the videos yet so I can't really comment. I can't see any access to live equipment. I see he is providing affiliate links to all the sites he references. He's got to make a living of course but bear that in mind.
Again, this is just my perspective so don't have a rant at me. I just felt the need to comment.
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