I agree in some parts and not that much in others... I think there are guys, 19, 20 year old who are facing the LAB with a knife in their teeth! If they´re studying, working on Dynamips or real equipment, following a structured approach from any vendor, and things like that, if this kind of guy passes the LAB exam, he will lack some field experience, I agree, but he knows his stuff already!!!! This is the type of guy I would like to work for me, dedication is priceless!
On the other hand, a very experienced engineer, that takes the "easy" way out, this is the kind of guy who needs to be banished from the business! We all here have a friend, who knows a guy, who did this in the easy way and ACED the exam with a 1000/1000! WoW! What a nice score! Yeah... tell me about it! I doubt this type guy can answer 3 basic questions right! Not saying that take 1000/1000 is impossible, not at all! It´s possible, and how much it is! Questions are not that hard in the CCxP field, they´re a bit tricky, but, if you study well, and understand what is being asked you can do it easily! Otherwise, a guy that take a CCxP certification in 2, 3 months, that´s the one I doubt! He must be a genious, have A LOT of experience, know the stuff already, or well... you know! Any of these options would work, but only the first 3 are valid! Cheating is not cool! Not cool at all!
So, to conclude... in my opinion it doesn´t matter how old the guy is or if he has field experience or not, if he did the right way, sweating blood, studying, missing parties, and everything like that he deserves respect! Otherwise... I would ask him 3 questions (no I´m not a genious, but most guys can´t answer really basic questions) to check his accuracy! ;)
That´s it! Any thoughts, opinions?!