So you've decided to go to re:Invent! While it's easy to get distracted with the fun parties, vendors, and the idea of being in Vegas itself, remember the whole point of re:Invent is to learn and advance our AWS prowess, right? There are a tremendous amount of learning opportunities or breakouts to attend – it can seem overwhelming! But let’s first recap some basics: There are three types of breakout content levels: introductory, advanced, and expert; and three different types of content types: sessions, workshops, and chalk talks. Chalk talks are brand new for 2017 and are an interactive hour-long format intended for a more intimate audience. There are also three different content venues: Aria, MGM Grande, and Venetian. re:Invent also has a plethora of session tracks, or topics, such as gaming, artificial intelligence and machine learning, healthcare, and serverless, just to name a few. I decided to ask a couple of my peers on the AWS content team which breakouts they plan on attending and how that is going to shape our content for 2018!
A few years ago, I was working for one of the largest consulting firms in the world. I was recruited into their Emerging Tech department and was in a traditional software development/consulting role. I am very grateful that this company invested in its talent, and there were always incredible learning opportunities. One of my first clients was a large cruise line and our presence on the project was growing rapidly – I was one of the first on the ground, and it ended up being well over a 200-person project. One area we needed help in was DevOps – which, believe it or not – was a relatively new concept, so I asked my lead to attend a DevOps Academy within the firm. During the DevOps Academy, they touched on AWS; I was immediately in awe, and a mentor that I had respected nudged me and said, “If you like this AWS stuff, they have full training you can attend and will pay for you to get certified.” That was basically it – I was hooked! I took the AWS Developer training (and back then very few people in the firm even had that cert), got certified, and joined the firm’s AWS strategic partnership. OK, so that was how I did it several years ago – but how can you do it now?
Starting a new career can be overwhelming. Becoming certified in your field of expertise is a great start, but where do you go from here? There is an overload of information on resumes, interviews, and general career advice within a specialized industry like technology, and you need to be able to differentiate yourself from other candidates. Here are some tips to help you on your career journey.