Much has been said recently about the global phenomenon of ‘the Great Resignation’, which has recently been changed to ‘the Great Reshuffle’.
To be clear, most employees weren’t choosing to quit working. Rather, they were taking steps to secure better, more meaningful employment. How does one ensure that a job or career change isn’t just a reshuffle with the end result being more of the same? The answer lies in skills transformation; the action of taking education or training courses to improve skills within a focused area with the goal of permanently improving one’s working position.
Transforming Skills for Greater Opportunities with Juniper Networks
Juniper Networks believes skills transformation is key to developing a career as a network engineer. Modern networks, the backbone of the global economy, rely on new cloud, automation and AIOps technologies to seamlessly carry the world’s data. New skills can lead to greater opportunities. Juniper’s own CEO, Rami Rahim, recently mentioned:
[Rather], what drove me was simply getting the opportunity to work on ever-more-important and intellectually stimulating projects and to have a seat at the table where consequential decisions were being made.”
– Rami Rahim, Juniper Networks CEO, Fast Company, September 2021
For perspective, consider that 50% of enterprise applications were hosted in the cloud by 2020, there will be 75 billion connected devices by 2025 and 72% of business leaders say AI will be a business advantage.
Juniper is a Leader in both the 2021 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Enterprise Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructure (November 15, 2021) and the 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Indoor Location Services (February 23, 2022). For our customers, partners and internal engineers, this means transforming skills for greater career opportunities.
Juniper Open Learning: A Blueprint for Career Growth
Today, Juniper is expanding its industry-leading Open Learning program to include free training and discounted certifications for the specialist level in the following tracks:
- Service Provider Routing and Switching
- Enterprise Routing and Switching
- Juniper Security
This is in addition to the existing free training and discounted certifications available for six of our associate-level certifications.
Open Learning is a fully integrated program designed to ensure success. It combines self-paced training, live SME-led webcasts, preparation videos and certification practice tests to give students a start-to-finish path to Juniper certification. Specialist-level training is more in-depth while preparing students to tackle more complex network challenges. Students may now take training in these three tracks for free and earn a specialist-level certification at a 75% discount:
- JNCIS-SP: Specialist-level Service Provider content includes routing topics such as MPLS, OSPF, BGP and high availability. It also includes switching topics such as carrier Ethernet, 802.1Q VLANs and link aggregation.
- JNCIS-ENT: Specialist-level Enterprise content includes switching topics such as 802.1Q VLANs, Spanning Tree protocols and Layer 2 port security. It also includes routing topics such as OSPF, BGP and high availability.
- JNCIS-SEC: Specialist-level security content includes connected security topics such as application security, ATP cloud, Policy Enforcer and troubleshooting for SRX, vSRX and cSRX Series devices.
Juniper has already seen over 50% of our skills content consumption through the complimentary offerings in Open Learning. The expansion to specialist-level training will further position Juniper as an industry leader in offering complimentary skills development and transformation training and certifications.
If the perceived value of a traditional 4-year college degree has lost some luster, it’s programs such as Juniper Open Learning that provide students a blueprint for jobs of their future—of the networking industry’s future—in a much more direct and cost-efficient manner.