I’ve been a high-geared nerd lately, which has been taking up tremendous amounts of time. Being a professional nerd means that studying on a regular basis is a pretty important part of being able to advance my career, since technology is constantly changing. I’ve been on a hiatus since my mom passed away (since that is pretty much the most awesome excuse to not study ever), but about a month ago, I got myself back in gear to try and finish off my CCNP, which is a five-test series on Cisco’s equipment as regards switching and routing. Or, for the layperson, “what makes a large part of the Internet go”. I have been on my last test for about a year and a half, which is just silly. It should never have taken me this long, but I lost motivation and got lazy. And, y’know, my mom died.
I’m currently set to take the test in about a week. I cannot wait to have this obligation from over my head. The material for this particular test is actually largely irrelevant to my current job, so it just feels like a pull away from what I’d really like to spend my time focusing on.
Is it a sign of the unrepentant nerd that I’m excited to finish the CCNP series just so that I can start studying for the next certification?