Congratulations!!! You have got your first Cisco Networking Job. What’s next?

For people getting into the Cisco networking field it can be a bit gigantic and chilling. There are so many different questions that run through your mind. Everything from “Do I know what I am doing?” to “What do I wear?” or “How should I address my peers?” While a number of questions will be answered by your HR Manager/supervisor but some questions are not answered until the job actually starts. This article will attempt to answer one of the main questions which alarms everyone’s mind at first and the answer is unknown until you’re on the field.

What typical duties can you expect?

One very common question which runs through every new Cisco Engineer is “What will be my typical duties?” Of course, the duties will depend on specific situations but for most of the new Cisco Engineers the duties will revolve around some basic support and troubleshooting tasks. Don’t worry you will not be thrown into a gigantic MPLS Network to troubleshoot it or to configure the complex redistribution for an enterprise network. Yes but later there will be a stage where your responsibilities will most likely be added as your abilities increase and you can prove your potential to your high level engineer supervisor.

Ø  The basic tasks will include the following:

  •    Ensuring LAN and WAN connectivity via ping and traceroute tools
  •  Ensuring a device is configured as expected from a master configuration database or file
  • Watching a SNMP Collector log for device events, and performing initial troubleshooting
  • Performing network baselines/audits (Recording configurations, checking device statuses)
  •  Troubleshooting end user networking issues, including troubleshooting connectivity problems

Ø  If you’re lucky you will also get the following tasks: (Usually the following responsibilities are added after a few months of experience)

  •    Configuring branch size devices, configuring basic IP configuration on Access Layer Routers.
  •       Creating VLANS on switches, assigning VLAN membership to the Switchport.

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