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How to be successful in your next networking job interview?

Learn more about Spooster’s Network Engineering course that is tailor-made for you.

The average trajectory for an individual who wants to become a Network engineer usually starts with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. This is usually followed up with the daunting task of acquiring 5-10 years worth of “relevant” work experience. Finally, the importance of acquiring as many relevant third party certifications during this period from organizations like Cisco, Microsoft, and Juniper are stressed as well. 

While the above linear progression is usually espoused to be the holy grail of “how to become a network engineer”. There are numerous examples of individuals who started with minimal to no relevant experience or even devoid of a bachelor’s degree and are now systems or solutions engineers earning an average salary of around A$86,484-A$150,000/yr.

There are some critical attributes and skills that separate these individuals from the masses who are progressing towards their goal albeit at a much slower pace. At Spooster we have created a comprehensive network engineering course that will teach you everything you require to accelerate your pace and reach your goal much sooner.

An interesting story about one of our course-takers

Lucas, one of our course takers began his career in IT in 2015. He moved to Australia around 2017 and worked as a Junior IT Support Analyst in a small-sized firm. He wanted to carve a successful career for himself in the Network Engineering field and was attending several interviews without any success. In parallel, he was working hard to attain his dream job someday and was trying to earn the CCNP R&S certification. Lucas also participated in several of Cisco’s programs as it gave a strong theoretical grounding on Networking. However, he always felt he was missing out on the practical knowledge on the subject – something that is critical in a field like Network Engineering. That’s when he decided to join Spooster’s network engineering course which turned his life completely. Today he is a successful Network Engineer in one of Australia’s largest MSPs in Sydney.

On a day to day basis, Lucas spends around 70% of his time helping customers maintain the stability of their network and finding solutions to upgrade their systems. More recently 

Lucas was involved in strategic  “Integration” projects where he assisted big business and enterprise clients to integrate into Cloud computing and network automation. He says that being customer-oriented and having problem-solving abilities are some of the key skills required in this field. He learned these skills from Spooster’s experienced Network Engineers who have handled large SD-WAN and Cloud integration projects.

How did Spooster’s course help?

Enrolling with Spooster helped him reinforce his theoretical knowledge, but more importantly, it leveled him up with essential work-ready skills.  The mentorship under the Spooster’s team of Network Engineers helped him immensely as they helped him gain first-hand insights into the intricate workings of several real-time projects. 

Through the process of enrolling for Spooster’s network engineering course, he learned the full Network engineering stack and became a part of a community of high achieving IT professionals. All these helped Luca immensely by saving time and avoid getting stuck in an entry-level position for 2+ years. The course clearly helped him understand where the rubber hits the road. 

He believes that all critical attributes associated with the role of Network Engineer mostly lie around the acquisition of “on the field” experience. Entry-level  IT certifications may help you get your foot in the door, but in order to truly stand apart from the crowd, hiring managers look for real-world application of these theoretical skills. 

Lastly, this course not only helped him get a quality technical certification but also helped him learn the basics of networking and led him to perform his own mock networking project. 

What you need to know before joining this course?

Prerequisites 

To make the most of your course with Spooster, it is recommended to have a basic understanding of the following:

  • Basic configuration features such as interfaces, Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), and static routes.
  • Basic Linux commands for navigating the file system and executing scripts.
  • Knowledge of working with text editors. 
  • Basic understanding of TCP/IP Protocol, Network Routing, Network Firewalls, and Layer 2 Packet Switching.
  • Basic Linux commands for navigating the file system.

Who is it ideal for?

This course is designed primarily for customer engineers and systems engineers in the following job roles:

  • Automation engineer
  • Consulting systems engineer
  • DevOps engineer
  • Network administrator
  • Network architect
  • Network consulting engineer
  • Network design engineer

Five technical skills you will master after taking this course

1. Networking Concepts

It doesn’t matter whether you are writing a Python application to monitor network resources or to stand up a tenant in ACI, Spooster’s engineers will guide you to have an understanding of network architecture and relevant CISCO technology for network automation.

2. Programming Language

It is widely known that Python is the most common network automation programming language. That being said many of the automation tools run on Linux as well. So, if you are not familiar with Linux then that’s probably something you will be taught in this course. Since Cisco has adopted Python as their programming language of choice and most new network devices now come preinstalled with it, learning Python becomes all the more important. Spooster’s course will help you learn Python and enhance your practical applicability of it. This will give you a substantial leg up compared to your competition in this field. You will become adept at performing scripting tasks that network engineers tend to perform frequently.

3. Network Automation Tools

Software that helps you to automate the configuration, testing and audit of network devices are network automation tools. e.g Ansible, Python, Cisco NSO, DNA center are all network automation tools. Network changes and deployments are not done on the command line but via these network automation tools. The current tool of choice for network automation is Ansible because it’s free. Secondly, it’s written in Python it is enabling network engineers to start automating networks with little knowledge of Python. All that’s needed is some basic Linux knowledge and understanding of YAML and a task that you would like to automate. This course from Spooster will help you to master network automation tools.

4. REST and APIs

Once you learn all the above skills,  you will then start expanding your skillset into the realm of APIs and REST through this course. 

5. DevOps Principles

Lastly, you will master DevOps and NetOps principles. In this course, first, you will find a single, simple, solvable problem to learn NetDevOps and network automation best practices, then begin to tackle those larger problems when you’ve built up muscles and understand the common pitfalls and perils. Our course will include lessons conducted by our experienced DevOps Engineers who will walk you through case studies and help you understand what goes behind managing and automating networks.

How does this course improve your chances in an interview?

After taking this course, the chances of you landing an excellent job are very high. Every company including Spooster will highly value your learnings from this course. You should be able to convince the interviewers quite easily about the various ways in which you can add value to their organization. For instance, you can convince the interviewer on – 

  • How you will be able to accelerate network automation in their organization.
  • How you will be able to articulate the role that network automation and programmability play in the context of end-to-end network management and operations in their organization.
  • How you will interpret and troubleshoot Python scripts in their organization with fundamental programming constructs built for network automation use cases.
  • How you will help your teammates understand DevOps principles, tools, and pipelines that can be applied to network operations.
  • How you will use network automation development environments and associated technologies such as Python virtual environments in all the projects.
  • How you will be able to construct Ansible playbooks to configure network devices and retrieve operational state data from them.

Conclusion

Getting started with the goal of becoming a network automation engineer is both exciting and challenging. Whether you’re looking for a network certification or just want to take a few networking courses, Spooster’s training can help you develop networking skills to boost your career. As a modern SD-WAN network automation company Spooster offers the most comprehensive and up-to-date network training available. Thanks to our flexible, self-paced, and instructor-led training options, you can access real experts and resources to confidently advance your networking career in no time. Check out our courses today or share it with your friends who are looking to progress in their network automation career. And if you are not sure where to start, you can always talk to our experts and get to know the best path for you.