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How Has Bootcamp Affected My Lab Preparation Strategy?

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I’ve completed a week with Narbik Kocharians at his CCIE lab bootcamp. How did bootcamp affect my lab preparation strategy? In a number of ways…

  1. I am going to keep my lab date of April 29 in RTP. Going into bootcamp, I wasn’t sure how close I was. After bootcamp, I know I have some practice hours and study time ahead of me, but I’m doing okay. My foundation is strong, and I’ve been covering a broad enough topic list to feel good about what Narbik lectured on and what his workbooks address. Now, I’m not guaranteeing anyone that I’m going to pass in one shot. However, I feel a lot better now than I did a week ago.
  2. I am going to complete Narbik’s advanced lab workbooks, all 5 volumes, plus the addendum volume. I managed to get roughly half of them done during bootcamp week. I will spend the next 3 weeks trying to finish them after work and on the weekends. Step 1 of that task will be to put a schedule together so that I stay on track.
  3. I am going to spend a second week at lab bootcamp with Narbik. I knew this before I attended bootcamp last week. I had already signed up for the retake and booked the trip. It seems worth mentioning here, though. That explains why I want to get the lab workbooks done in 3 weeks. In 3 weeks, I’ll be on a plane headed back out to Los Angeles for the March bootcamp.
  4. I am re-focused and re-energized now. I feel like this is the last big push to the end. I was drifting around for a few weeks, not sure exactly what to do after I finished the DOiT series. But now I have workbooks to complete, which I know is going to help bolster my knowledge, and make routine configuration tasks automatic. Passing the lab seems tangible, real. I’m close now. Achieving CCIE seems to be within my grasp. I just have to buckle down and get the rack time in. Again, I have to say plainly that I’m not guaranteeing a pass first time out; anyone who does that is foolish. But – I’m feeling closer than I ever have before. I’ve got my eye on the prize.

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