Before I found my way into tech, I worked in completely different fields, like healthcare and the nonprofit space. So when I took the plunge and joined Cisco, the sheer mountain of technical content to learn felt pretty overwhelming. But being an educator at heart (and by training), I saw the opportunity to help others who might be making a similar jump to be successful right from the start.

That’s why I’m so excited about Cisco U., a new approach to learning we’ve been working on. Cisco U. gives you the tech training you know and love, in a learning experience personalized for you. And here’s the best part: Cisco U. offers free Cisco certification training until our official launch this spring.

Certification exam prep, handled

How does Cisco U. personalize your experience? When you first log in, you’ll be prompted to answer a few questions. These questions help Cisco U. get to know you in order to recommend the right content.

Cisco U. brings together courses, events, webinars, podcasts, communities, and Learning Paths. Cisco U. Learning Paths give you a bird’s-eye view of the courses and labs you need to prepare for a Cisco certification exam or a new job role, such as the Cisco SOC Tier 1 Analyst Learning Path. This high-level view seems linear, but it actually lets you move through the material in a non-linear way (if that works better for you). You can choose to go step by step, or jump around and spend time only on what you need. And because Learning Paths mirror the structure of the Cisco certification exam blueprint, it’s easier to focus and streamline your study time.

Free Cisco certification training in Cisco U.

While you work through learning modules, Cisco U. checks in with you helping you skip the content you don’t need. You can also see your progress in real-time and connect with a worldwide community of learners. I like to think Cisco U. clears the path for you so you can focus on the fun part: technology, learning, and learning about technology.

Over time, Cisco U. will get to know you better and better, to guide you to content that better meets your needs. Cisco U. combines machine learning and natural language processing with good old-fashioned human learning to give you the best possible experience all the way along your learning journey.

Sign up today for early access to Cisco U. and preview free Cisco certification training before the official launch. Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your skills and reach your career goals with Cisco U.

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Kate Dignan

Customer Experience Product Manager

Learning and Certifications