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Re: Lab passed - First Attempt - At the age of 24 posted 10/03/2007
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Congrats!!!  What a great story.

On 10/3/07, Meried Bekele <meriedbekele@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Dear All,
> I have been waiting for long time to write this email. I was a silent
> member of the group except some of my few questions like 'time management
> in
> the lab'. I have got my number - CCIE#18988 - passing the R&S lab exam in
> Tokyo yesterday 2nd October 2007. I will be the first CCIE to be counted
> for
> my country - Ethiopia - in Cisco's CCIE database. Here is my journey to
> My background is electrical engineering. I became CCNA when I was college
> student and I had been working as part time network administrator of the
> university for two years until I graduated. After graduation I haven't
> taken
> any of the CCNP exams for two years but I was working as a network
> engineer
> for a private company and I was doing many Cisco projects not only on
> routing and switching but also on voice and security areas. That
> experience
> was very useful for me and I had to do many readings to complete the
> projects I was assigned to do. And the other advantage for a person like
> me was that I had to do many advanced things without any senior
> person helping me. So my only option was reading and I love reading.
> Ok enough about my background. I took the written exam last October 2006.
> After that I had to find a sponsor for my lab exam because, it was very
> difficult to cover it by myself. My company director general accepts my
> request immediately but the financial process took about 8 months. So my
> study at that time was on and off. I have really started my lab
> preparation
> at the beginning of July. For one month I revised all the technologies
> using
> IEWBv4.1 volume 1 and most of the recommended books like Jeff Doyle's and
> the others. I was also using CBT Nuggets. I have been studying the whole
> month full time. Then I went to Harith's 12 days bootcamp in UK. It was
> really nice in clarifying the core part of the exam - IGP/BGP. Then I came
> back home and continue my preparation for another month. This time I
> installed the IE dynamips topology in my pc at home and start IEWB for
> Dynamips. I have tried to do the first 10 labs but time didn't allow me to
> finish the other 10 labs from IEWB4.1 volume 2. So I have gone through the
> last 10 labs by just reading the question and answering it in my mind and
> checking the solution if I am right. I have also taken both of Cisco's
> Assessor Labs and one mock lab each from IE and NMC. At that time I was
> good
> in technology readiness but I was not good in time management. Then I went
> back to UK for Harith's another 5 days bootcamp. It was really helpful in
> making me completely prepared. Then I went directly to Tokyo for the lab.
> I
> have finished exactly in time. Since I was doing verifications in every of
> the questions, I was not worried by not having extra time for checking.
> Generally my lab preparation was three months full time. My company (I can
> say Ethiopian Government since I am working for government agency) was
> very
> cooperative in many things from covering all my expenses up to giving two
> years annual leave without counting the 3 weeks of the bootcamp.
> Now I should take a little break to celebrate Ethiopian Millennium that I
> missed during study and then to another track - most probably SP. I am
> thinking of getting married in the time of the little break. My fiance was
> all the way with me in the CCIE journey.
> Thanks and Best Regards,
> --
> Meried B. - CCIE#18988
> Network Operations Senior Expert
> National Data Center (PMO)
> Mob. +251 91 1349519
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Keith Bizzell
CCIE # 18798