You're always going to need a piece of paper that says you know things. Eventually it becomes a list of jobs in which you've solved hard problems.
At the start of your career it's a different story. You've got a degree; that's more than I had.

Certifications aren't a bad step. They demonstrate that I can talk about cloud concepts with you and expect you to understand them at a high level.
The "best" approach though is a project or two in which you demonstrate what you've done. @forrestbrazeal's Cloud Resume Challenge is great for this.
Contributing to the Open Guide to AWS is also a good step. Our Slack community (13K people strong now!) lives at
Now, what's shitty about all of this is that it requires you to basically either pay for courses, certs, or "volunteer" your time to open source. That path isn't open to everyone.

I don't know how to fix that.

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6 Jan
New game, Twitter.

Find me a job posting that vaguely resembles "what you think I do" and then I will mock it.

It's gotta be at a big company, though; I don't want to crap on some overloaded 5 person startup for a bad req.
What does it mean to work at IBM? A bunch of things that absolutely don't apply to a corporate comms role. Get any thoughts of being valued right the hell out of your non-coding head immediately. Image
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Uhhhh this is not how I understood @goserverless's security model to work.
If I scroll to the very end of a 55KB text file I find this defensive wording: Image
That sure is a lot of words to say "@goserverless will copy up your @awscloud API credentials to their service and execute things on your behalf."
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Who does @awscloud think they are, Google? Charging for a beta, my god...…
That said, I will take the beta exam cold and report back if AWS finds a voucher / wants to drum up publicity.

I'll even turn it into a fundraising drive.
If @PearsonVUE decides that an infant or toddler in the next room being noisy voids the exam, I will rain fire and brimstone down upon @awscloud for it.

Sure, it's a Pearson requirement--but it's being done in AWS's name. Image
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Spent the morning setting up @JamfSoftware to manage our company Macs. I've spent so long working with cloud computing that it's unnerving to encounter an interface that doesn't actually hate its users.
Given that I'm a few clickety-pokes away from blowing away a workstation at any point in this thing, I'd want two factor auth to:
1. Support Yubikeys
2. Not be optional
3. Not be buried deep in a sub-menu I had to hunt down.
They all have the red dot in the corner since I haven't enabled app provisioning. I just want to mandate disk encryption, strong passwords, screensaver timings, and remote wipe (AFTER ANOTHER 2FA FOR GOD'S SAKE JAMF)! I can't view those things in the dashboard though.
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Screw it, I've got a few minutes. I'm starting a new imaginary corp, "Facebook for Ethics." We're based here in California. I'll walk through many of the ways we'll serve our core mission: absolutely screwing over our staff.

Any resemblance to real companies is coincidental.
We'll start with "unlimited PTO." We very carefully will avoid giving guidance as to what is "appropriate." Is it really unlimited? Try taking six months off and find out!

We need pay none of it out when you leave (voluntarily or otherwise).
We're VC backed and privately held, so we'll pay below market salaries and offer equity. Folks have gotten wise to the "options" game so we're forced to give RSUs to attract talent.
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Ask me no questions, I'll tell you no lies--but that's super boring. Instead, ask me your @awscloud questions.

I don't have any particular roadmap insight, but it's probably something like "Service X now supports Feature-You-Thought-It-Had-Already" and *should* be called AWS Housekeeping.
In baseball, sometimes it feels like you sprint to third base and then just hang out there for the rest of the inning.

That's kinda how AWS services go from launch to maintenance mode to my mind. CloudWatch is vast and complicated, and there's no one right answer.
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