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So, my background is in the medical field. I am a former physician, now retired and I ran my own practice for about 8 years before joining one or two others and then permanently leaving. From that, I still have my PC and all the tricks I learned from the accountant and different programs and tech to use to keep abreast of patient and family demands.
I left medicine because the itch to do something else became too much and practicing became more about compliance than empathy and care. There were other issues but that is the jist of it.
In December 2015, I got my certification in Cisco(networking). I didnt go to class or to pay anyone for anything. It cost me almost nothing. The issue with the CCNA certification is that the opp to become a consultant is small. You need more experience.
Hence I progressed to getting my certification in the Amazon Cloud. For those with the knack, think the newboston on Youtube, can get certified with some studying at home for about 100 dollars.
It is more than a 10 billion dollar industry. Just recently I persnally asked Amazon about Ipv6(addressing for computers), and they made me sign an NDA. What does this mean to you?
For the cost of some time and effort, say 6 months, just reading the FAQs from Amazon and the whitepapers from their website will allow you to prep for the exam. Courses, if you are interested, like LinuxAcademy and Cloudguru are available. I use LA.
Financially, a starting job is 125,000. In IT this is the highest right now. Consulting is even higher. That is my point in this post.
I am not selling anything, or offering anything, What I am saying is that, all of this is online. The learning material, the courses and most importantly the consultant positions. Some may say, that this takes time and has a pecking order. You may be right, but in combination with IPV6, which is also free and online through Hurrican Electric you could be prepping for the future as websites and businesses move to the cloud and IPV4 addresses run out.
If you dont know how to code. Its okay. Python is easy to learn and every library worth a damn has some books on it.
Just remember that no matter what role, job or career you choose. Put yourself, your priorities, and your desires before anybody else's. Be selfish and you can never go wrong or have regrets.
This may be an inappropriate posting for this forum. As I see it, I started on a new career path and in less than a year hope to make as much as I was making spending my entire life preparing for.
Interesting. I've been looking for location independent jobs. I'm a technical writer right now and I want to go freelance within a year or two. I always keep my ear open for other potentail stuff. So you say it could be one year from being a complete beginner to making 125k?
Smaller cities, like Buffalo, NY demand jack of all trades. You get paid less and the demand for specialization jobs is low. Even if you have it you wont get what you ask.
In larger cities, where IT can specialize, say backup and recovery or setting up servers in the cloud with redundancy, and maximizing the cloud in a VPN connection with the local network, can charge more. Specialization is where you can charge more. In the right environment and location. 125k is expected. One step up is DevOps. They make 200k +. Just type in Devops in monster and check it out yourself.
The stories are there. A taxi driver going from working tips and cab fare to working for the NFL as a cloud architect and I interview for a tech job with a local hospital on Monday. You will get out what you effort you put in.
As far as online, there are cloud companies that do AWS consulting all online. You work from wherever. I think cloudreach is one.
Cool post this is very interesting. Im half way through my degree in data science and just finished my unit on python. I will check out cloudguru or LA as it sounds like its beneficial to learn. I don't know a huge amount about computer science at this point (I really should start learning more about the industry and its expectations) but I know cloud computing is huge and a lot of companies are starting to store all their data on that.
So you say that python is the main programming language used? And also for someone who has a beginners understanding of python already (I have a pretty good grasp on for loops, if, elif, else, nested functions, some algorithmic tricks and using zelle's graphics library - i know pretty simple stuff) but how many months would it take me to get a good grasp on the cloud system if I was able to devote 5-10 hours a week of my free time to studying that as well?
So Amazon Cloud has expanded even further. It has been almost 8 months and the unemployed IT ration is at 2%. That means only 2% of IT is out of a job. Not bad. Amazon Cloud is in clearly in the lead and has developed two more certifications for the "cloud engineers" who will develop and contract to scaled businesses on its platform.
acloud.guru has been getting a lot of fanfare or those interested in certifying. Any one with a tech mindset, even a little bit, can purchase these courses and just rinse and repeat. It is all there. I prepped for almost 8 months until I am good and ready to the the first exam.
I do have my CCNA certification. Honestly, i feel it is a dead end. Too much maintenance and storage needed etc. Go straight to the cloud. Could be Amazon, Google or MS Azure. Just do it.
It's funny that the IT part is not emphasized enough in this forum. There's SO MANY resources out there that can help you get into IT (almost) for free. There's no need to go through formal education, unless you want to get into management later in your career.
I'm an IT guy, but I don't usually talk about my career on here, since mixing up GLL lifestyle and Politically Correct Corporate America culture is not that wise in the public eye.
I just quit my job as a Software Engineer after a year and half of post graduation experience, and I'm planning to change the area of IT I want to work in. I'll follow a similar path to what you're doing.
My plan is to get these certifications:
Scrum Master Certified- I worked in an "Agile" team.
Linux+ (Maybe RedHat too if there's not much extra work)
AWS Solutions Architect.
Learn Python real well. Python is a good language if you want start learn programming and it is used for testing and automation.
Maybe throw a CCENT just to complement the skillset
I've been a jack of all trades most of these years and I really want to solidify a few key skills.
I understand that you're posting with the best intent but throwing numbers like 125K and 200K salaries out there, is a little misleading and bound to disappoint lots of people if they take that path.
Aside from San Francisco I don't know of any other place that could pay 120K salary right out of college or with a couple of certifications. Even more so if you are a No One coming from no where with just a certification in your hand.
Let me clarify, just because someone does not have experience in the corporate America does not make them entry level.
There are plenty of stories out there of guys teaching themselves and getting a $200K+ (salary & bonus/stocks) job with their first corporate experience, but they had a deep understanding of the skills they were going to use in that job, and plenty of non formal experience.
Realistic entry level job salaries in IT/Programming are somewhere in the mid $60K to mid $70K. That comes from someone who had 7 job offers upon graduation from Fortune 100 companies(Cisco was one of them), and my classmates had similar salaries offers from other Fortune 100 companies(Cisco, GE, IBM and a bunch of other financial companies)
Most companies have flat entry level salary offers, which take off real quick after a couple of years of experience, both through internal promotions and switching places.
Let's not forget that the median income in US is around $52K, so let's show realistic aspirations for anyone trying to get into IT. So Yes, you can make more than most of americans right out of college if you try to get the IT/Programming route.
Based on the limited time in the Corporate America, I can tell you that the big money is made by those who get into management, and a lot of Engineers switch to those roles after they reach a ceiling in technical growth and earnings. And if you have above average People Skills that goes a long way in the IT industry, where you'll have very little competition in that regards.
That's why I wouldn't recommend the contractor route to people. Social skills and networking can be best leveraged by being permanent employee and climbing ranks in the corporate environment.
RelapsingAWOL wrote: I do have my CCNA certification. Honestly, i feel it is a dead end. Too much maintenance and storage needed etc. Go straight to the cloud. Could be Amazon, Google or MS Azure. Just do it.
Sounds good. acloud.guru is awesome.
One question though: What do I need to know (what skills should I have or courses should I take) before taking these courses? I have no IT experience at all.
Been busy. Sorry. Python for which you could check out the free courses on Udemy and then proceed to free manuals via reddit/learnpython, from there jump into boto3 and Ansible.
I learned with Amazon that training is different. You really dont need to read as much as do. There is so much lacking in the user guides, it's better to just learn by doing. I have no IT experience at all and am preparing for my second exam the AWS Sysops.
Oh, and from now on, only use Linux> I would recommend fedora or CentOS. There is a book called the LINUX BIBLE by Christopher Negus that should be more than enough. You probably can get it through the library. I did.
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