I, for one, am also inspired to get my certification. Being in the wireless communications industry (where we mostly use Cisco equipments and where the direction is using the IP platform fullblast), I understand the need for this. It is also apparent that one’s credibility in operating and maintaining these equipment–although not wholly- but primarily depends on whether one is Cisco-certified or not. Currently, my colleagues are already having their CCNA modules and I might follow suit once my current career pre-occupation is accomplished. It’s so convenient these days because one can get the training and exams online.
My husband who is in the Hardware design industry is also working in getting his associate certification (there are various Cisco associate certifications i.e. Design (CCDA), Routing and Switching (CCNA), Security (CCNA Security), Voice (CCNA Voice) and Wireless (CCNA Wireless) but he is getting the Routing and Switching CCNA). Like in our company, it is not required of them, but he understands that getting a training and securing a certification will enhance his knowledge and skills and will give him an edge in his practice.