I’ve had the privilege of delivering cloud training to over 300,000 students globally. Along the way, I’ve worked with both teams and individuals who are trying to adapt to the modern era of cloud computing. Some of the most common questions I’ve found myself answering revolve around transitioning into roles that have never existed before. How do you get a job in this new world ruled by cloud computing when you don’t have experience? The reality is it depends on how far along you are in your journey. For those who are brand new to the industry, it’s an effort that will take some time. However, if you’re an existing IT industry professional, you’re in a prime position to ramp up and take advantage of the opportunity since you are already in the game. Regardless of your industry knowledge, there are a few things you can do to pick up cloud skills and practical experience that employers desperately need. Build Open-Source Projects There’s no better way to gain practical experience than actually building something from scratch. Build something using the tools and services offered by one of the major cloud providers and share it with the world. For example, you could build a web application that allows users to upload files into an object storage service. You don’t have to be a software developer, either. You could create an infrastructure template that automates the deployment of your own custom solution built with virtual machines, storage, networking and other managed services. Your digital assets can be shared and made open-source through a service like GitHub. This practice exercise will get your hands dirty, and it might also help someone else in the community who is just one or two steps behind you. Way too many people are waiting for experience when they can start anytime they want. All you need is an idea. Teach People What You’re Learning Once you begin to build your own projects, you’ll immediately be in problem-solving mode. Taking action to do the work will give you a much different perspective, and you’ll learn the answers to many common, beginner questions. YOU MAY ALSO LIKE I always tell people to share what they are learning if they want to take things to the next level. You only get so far from reading articles, watching videos or listening to interviews. Explaining what you’ve discovered will require looking at things from a different angle. You can write blog posts, share videos on social media, present a lunch and learn at your company, speak at a meetup or record a podcast. Find Freelance Work We’re living in an era where working online, on your own terms, is actually possible. There are countless freelancer sites on the internet — so many that I can’t even begin to list them here. A basic search will turn up tons of online platforms where you can bid on technical projects that require cloud expertise. Yes, freelancing can be competitive. However, it’s an excellent […]
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