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Gabriel Koo is a Principal DevSecOps Engineer, holds multiple AWS certifications, and is a proud Linux Academy learner.

Learn how he achieved personal and professional success in a thriving industry, without expensive tuition costs.

Gabriel first started training with Linux Academy training when his previous employer needed to meet new criteria. They were looking to become an AWS APN Consulting Partner, which meant they needed AWS experts, fast. After comparing multiple options, Gabriel chose Linux Academy to help him achieve AWS certification. Today, two years later, he now holds 4 AWS certifications: two associate certifications, one professional, and one specialty. And he isn’t stopping there.


The path to the cloud isn’t always direct

When Gabriel originally entered the workforce, he had planned to utilize his Actuarial Science degree but lost interest in the field.

I changed my career twice. I had deeper passions with data science. And after working for a while, I found that knowing how to work on Linux, or understanding how the cloud works were essential to playing with advanced analytics and data on a large scale. This is the trigger that turned me into a cloud engineer.”

From future business analyst to certified cloud engineer. Gabriel proves that it’s never the wrong time to pursue a whole new dream; especially when you’re passionate. But how long did this journey take? According to Gabriel, not long at all.

Linux Academy, together with my on-the-job training, turned me into a DevSecOps engineer within two months. I was even fortunate enough to present how my company does DevSecOps in an AWS event as a speaker.”

Like most learners, Gabriel started with a goal in mind, and that goal carried him to places he never could have imagined. His choice to pursue continuous learning outside of a traditional classroom led to his greatest achievements yet.


Staying motivated, staying focused

Many learners are drawn to online training because of the flexibility and freedom it provides, but with that freedom comes readily available distractions. Unlike traditional learning institutions, self-paced courses require planning and strategic time management. When looking to accomplish his goals, Gabriel built his training into his day so that he ensured he was always on track.

I studied with LA’s videos during daily trips to the office, while doing the Hands-On Labs during weekends. I even watched LA’s videos and mock questions on a treadmill in the gym!” 

And while RWR (running while reading) is not ideal for everyone, it emphasizes the inner fire Gabriel has. He found a time and place that was conducive to his goals and productivity level and persisted. Studying while en route to the office or during other moments of idle downtime was especially easy for Gabriel with the Linux Academy app. He also encourages fellow learners to set their mind on a clear result to complete courses and achieve certifications.

“Unlike taking courses in schools, you are the only owner of your study schedule and you can ignore it whenever you want. To start, you should set a clear, achievable goal, such as passing an entry-level cloud provider’s certificate.

Ownership is a vital piece of success in cloud computing. Not only can it lead to certification, but it’s also reflective of the careers that certification can lead to. Linux Academy strives to set you up for success by instilling this sense of self-management and autonomy.


Continuous learning for continuous success

Many learners find themselves completing a course, or achieving certification and then find themselves asking, ‘what’s next?’. Gabriel encourages learners, of any age, to continue their training to remain competitive.

Continuous learning is what people could differentiate between a tech professional and a traditional IT clerk. Tech professionals can build cool stuff on the Cloud with the latest technologies like Docker or K8S, while those who fail to learn continuously might be limiting themselves throughout their whole career.”

In a world where understanding the latest technologies is vital, and traditional work is being automated away, continuous learning has moved from a concept to a necessity. In the most recent “State of Enterprise Cloud and Container Adoption and Security” survey, DivvyCloud found that 77% of respondents reported having 2 or more cloud services. Gone are the days when understanding one provider is enough to effectively excel in cloud technology. Now, companies are seeking individuals that will be able to transform just as quickly as their needs change. Organizations may provide some training, but to fully immerse yourself in learning new skills, you need Hands-On training and scenario-based experience. As Gabriel states:

“While I am grateful for my company, which gave me so much exposure for my career at a start-up, I am also very thankful for Linux Academy which helped me continue to build my knowledge of cloud and security.”

Gabriel’s success story proves that with the right mindset and willingness to try, anyone can learn new things. The life you’ve been wishing for might be just on the other side of the cloud.  To start, we encourage you to utilize our online slack community and resources for help choosing your next move. We also have dedicated learning paths for learners on a mission.

We can’t wait to see what you’ll achieve.

For more of Gabriel, watch his feature on AWS’s “This is my architecture” or find him on LinkedIn to let him know how his story has impacted you.



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Matyash Sergey
2 months ago

Thanks for inspiring article!
Its would be interesting to see on Gabriel’s Learning path.

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2 months ago

Happy to hear you enjoyed it Matyash!


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