Yesterday I celebrated Day 500 of 100 Days of Cloud (it’s also my Dad’s birthday!). To make it 500 days at something is a monumental achievement. I have learned so much from my cloud journey. Here are my top 5 lessons learned to help you along the way.
Beta Exams Are Better Fit For Me
The beta exam format works better for me for 2 reasons: 1) I am impatient and value my time and 2) opportunity cost. Opportunity cost is defined as the cost (time and money) you give up to pursue something else. I’d rather sit for a beta exam 2 months earlier even with imperfect exam prep opportunities than to wait until the exam is released. By then I would have already received my certification and if I’ve failed (which has not happened yet) then I will know what to work on.
I Am Better At Cloud Than I Thought
I did not get this epiphany until I passed my AZ-700 Azure Network Engineer Associate beta exam. I realized that I was pretty good at cloud networking and being a solutions architect.
I have tunnel vision because I always associate competency based on the specific cloud products (AWS, Azure, etc) that I know. Now I understand the concepts and feel more confident in being a cloud engineer, solutions architect, cloud administrator or cloud economist.
I was Right About Being Multi-Cloud
I started talking about multi-cloud in May 2019 when I went into the Ohio Means Jobs Cuyahoga County office. I was 2 ½ years ahead of schedule and in a much better position to land jobs.
Take Full Advantage of Free Programs
Right now there are two cloud computing programs to get you free exam vouchers and certifications.
From now until November 30, 2021, Microsoft is having a cloud skills challenge. Complete one challenge and you will receive a free exam voucher for an eligible exam. You will receive the voucher after December 7, 2021 and must use it by March 15, 2022.
Fromno w until December 31, 2021, Oracle Cloud is offering free exam prep training and vouchers for 15 of its cloud certifications. I’ve used this promotion to renew my Oracle Cloud Foundations Associate certification.
Another thing: some people would tell you not to get Oracle Cloud because it is not a top 3 cloud (AWS, Azure and Google Cloud are). However, employers would take an Oracle cloud certified professional over a non-cloud certified person.
Finally, take full advantage of these free programs because they don’t last. This April 2021, Microsoft discontinued its monthly cloud skills challenge. I used that program to upskill and reskill myself.
Ready To Learn More And Fill In Gaps
Now that I have 500 days dedicated towards cloud learning, I know what I know and what I don’t know. This means I aim to fill the gaps and become stronger in certain areas. It is all about continuous improvement.
Here’s hoping that my 5 lessons learned help you along your way into becoming a better cloud professional.
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