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Today, we talked to Rishab Kumar, who is a “Cloud Operations Specialist” at an Energy Startup, and works Ontario, Canada!
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Now, without further ado…. Let’s hear Rishab‘s story!
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How I was introduced to Cloud?
I graduated from St. Lawrence College back in 2018 as an International student with a Diploma in Computer Networking. After graduating, I landed my first internship with one of the Software companies here in Kingston, Ontario. I was fortunate enough to get a job at the same company as a Technical Support Specialist after 2 months.
During my time there, I was introduced to AWS, the company used it frequently. We had a SAAS solution for customers and hosted around 600 of them in AWS. It was fascinating to me. Given my curiosity, I was able to convince my manager for a test/practice account to play around. I started launching some Linux instances in the Dev environment.
Little did I know how interesting this journey was going to get. During this time, I discovered FreeCodeCamp. So, I started learning web-development during my leisure time.
Landing my Cloud Job
My company had an opening for a position in CloudOps (Cloud Operations team). Even though I lacked confidence, I gave it a shot. My interest and willingness to learn AWS convinced the team that I would be a good fit for the position. freeCodeCamp played a huge role. From the web-development that I learned, I was able to create my first portfolio site and hosted it on AWS. With some basic knowledge of AWS and a few projects, I was able to secure this position. I was so happy that day, but it was only the beginning.
Discovered the #AWSCertified Challenge
I came across the #AWSCertified challenge while learning web-development on freeCodeCamp.
I was completely thrilled to get started with it. My first goal was to get the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Certificate. I also wanted to gain some experience for Solutions Architect and Dev Associate. So in November 2019, I was able to secure the Cloud Practitioner Certificate. And after that somehow I lost the motivation to go ahead with other certs. But since my job was to work in AWS every day, I wasn’t missing out on Cloud!
My AWS Journey
I gained valuable experience in AWS and became familiar with the company’s environment. I also learned how we leveraged various AWS services for our product.
In March 2020, due to the pandemic, we started working from home. This led to more spare time and I decided to go back to the #AWSCertfied challenge. This time I went for the Solutions Architect Associate. I decided to post about it on Reddit and joined the Discord group for #AWSCertified. Again, thanks to freeCodeCamp and Andrew Brown for his free course.
After achieving the Solutions Architect Associate, I discovered that Oracle Cloud Certifications were free for a limited time due to COVID, So I decided to get the OCI Foundations Certified Associate (what could be wrong with a free cert!). So I was able to get 2 certs under my belt within two weeks, and this was great motivation for me to keep going.
After some further preparation, I achieved the AWS Developer Associate on June 1.
The #AWSCertified challenge not only helped me stay motivated but I also got to know folks like Andrew Brown and Johan Rin. It can make a big difference when you know people who are on a similar journey as yours.
Comes in Azure
With the cloud getting so popular and me being active on Twitter, I saw how Azure was also a good skill to have. So with Microsoft’s free voucher program during their Virtual Training, I sat for the AZ-900 and was able to achieve it in June itself!
When I look back and see, I feel proud, that I was able to get:
- AWS Solutions Architect
- OCI Foundations Associate
- Started Preparing for AWS Certified Developer Associate
- Got the 4 Week Streak Badge on dev.to
- Published my notes for all the cloud exams that I passed or am preparing for : https://rishabkumar7.github.io/CloudNotes/
- AWS Certified Developer Associate
- Azure Fundamentals
- Got the 8 Week Streak Badge on dev.to
I am preparing for the Certified Jenkins Engineer now. I also plan to come back to AWS for the Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate. I am contributing to the #100DaysOfCloud project as a core-team member, which is still under development. It’s a great community for people who are starting out their cloud journey! My first Open-source contribution was for this very particular project, where I implemented the CI/CD pipeline for the 100daysofcloud.com website. Please feel free to check it out here.
It has been a great journey so far, I am loving the Cloud community. We have a lot of Cloud Journeyers trying to get various certifications. Feel free to join the community and let’s get those certs 💪
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