At A Cloud Guru we have students from all walks of life and places in their career! Some are already subject matter experts in their field and are expanding their skill sets, some are new to IT and are trying to get a foothold, and some are trying to change careers. We often get asked "What do I need and what should I study?" After many conversations, a consistent theme has emerged, and we encourage you to consider this learning.
1. Start With A Solid Foundation!
Whether you are a 20 year veteran of IT, or just starting out, the starting point is generally the same. Start with the three short Introduction courses to understand the environment and options:
- Introduction to Cloud Computing
- Introduction to Amazon Web Services
- Introduction to Azure
- Introduction to Google Cloud Computing
2. Decide Which Platform To Learn and Do Associate Courses
AWS Associate Courses
Cloud is a completely different way of using resources and delivering services. Understanding the building blocks and the philosophies behind them is key to both successful use and further study. You cannot be a doctor unless you understand biology.
However, you can focus your studying toward your goal by utilizing our AWS Learning Paths! It's an easy to follow and trackable learning plan. You can learn more by looking over how to start a learning path which includes a link to all AWS path specific information.
GCP Associate Courses
Azure Associate Courses
- For The Beginner - AZ-900 - COMING BY END OF 2019
- For The Developer - AZ-203 - COMING BY END OF 2019
- For The IT Pro - AZ-103: Microsoft Azure Administrator
- For The Architect Pro - AZ-301: Microsoft Azure Architect Design
- plus others
3. Deeper Knowledge (Skill & Thrill)
After the associate courses, I recommend that you take two Deep Dive courses. One should be what you are least competent in, and the other what you enjoy the most. (Skill & Thrill). These might include one of the Specialist certifications, Big Data, or a breaking technology like Alexa or Lambda.
At this point, you will understand AWS/GCP/Azure enough and have a better feel for your own interests and skills to decide where you want to take your career.
4. The Money Play
This is where you decide if you want to push forward for professional certifications, stretch wide to be a multi Cloud practitioner, or focus on one or more speciality area and certification.
Take advantage of the unlimited access of an A Cloud Guru membership. This is how you can supplement or reinforce skills by getting . Rather than seeing the content as a study program, view it as a technical resource library that you sample from as time permits.
If you are trying to break into IT or changing career paths, you need to consider what differentiates you from others already in the market. Consider what you are bringing to the table from previous experience, and where you can blend the two.
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