My first professional cert

Linux Academy was not my sole source of study material, but they played a significant role in helping me pass this exam. At the beginning of this year, I was desperately trying to move from a sysadmin role into the DevOps space, but lack of knowledge and personal development was holding me back. I'd stagnated in my previous positions.

I spent as much time as I could manage on Linux Academy, studying for my CSA, as well as learning other DevOps tools so I could become progressively more informed as I ground through interview after interview. Eventually, I found a company that appreciate the skills I'd picked up here (even without my cert), as well as my resourcefulness and troubleshooting approach. In May, I landed a job with an AWS Advanced Consulting partner, which pushed me to finish studying for my CSA. As of Sept 30th, I have my Solutions Architect cert, and I plan on pursuing the remaining 4 AWS certs.

My job doesn't suck anymore. I like what I do, I'm challenged, I'm paid well, and I'm valued by my employer. Keep working, keep studying, and keep improving yourself. Even when it's hard. I have ADHD - this wasn't easy - but it was absolutely worth it.
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    Matt M
    10-04-2016

    Congratulations! I'm in a similar position. Sysadmin trying to move to DevOps and I'm studying for my CSA. I landed a job at a web solutions company for all the same reasons. Also have ADHD. How funny. I wish you the best.

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    Danny B
    10-04-2016

    Great story! You've worked had, and it's paid off for you. Cheers!

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    Juliet S
    10-04-2016

    @ Matt - Awesome! It may be a struggle to focus, especially on something like a dry tutorial...I learn so much more easily and quickly when I'm solving interesting problems, but unfortunately haven't found way to construct artificial problems to keep myself going. But since I landed this gig, I've learned SO much because I was just thrown into the thick of things. I'm going to keep plowing through Linux Academy courses to fill in the gaps my job doesn't cover so I can continue with the certification path.

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    Jonathan J
    10-04-2016

    Congrats Juliet!! As a fellow member of Team ADHD, I know how difficut E-Learning can be. Awesome work! Do you have any focus/study tips for others who suffer from the same?

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    Terrence C
    10-04-2016

    Way to go - congrats!

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    Kumar V
    10-04-2016

    Juliet - your story is Inspirational, congratulations.

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    Hunter F
    10-04-2016

    Congratulations!

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    Rilindo F
    10-04-2016

    Congrats!

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    Christophe L
    10-04-2016

    This is fantastic. Congratulations, Juliet, on your accomplishment, and thank you for sharing with us!

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    Juliet S
    10-04-2016

    @Jonathan - for me, eating well (I try to minimize carbohydrate intake, as sugar makes me feel foggy and tired), getting as much rest as I can, and various supplements helped. That, and just doing as much as you can each day. Don't tear yourself apart for not dedicating 3 straight hours to straight tutorial work. Just try to do *something* each day, and you'll eventually get there. Maybe not as fast as your counterparts, but you will get there. I had good days where I felt like I made huge progress, and I had bad days where I couldn't even start a video...but I didn't give up.

    I was working graveyard shift in a terrible job at the time, and I wasn't making enough money to survive...I knew if I didn't change something, I'd be stuck in crap jobs forever. If you're in a crappy situation too, let that motivate you as much as possible. I also had my son to think of, so maybe it's worth doing for someone you care about. Regardless of how you stay motivated, focused, and moving forward - JUST KEEP GOING.

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    Colette W
    10-04-2016

    Congratulations on your hard work. Glad it paid off!

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    Sean G
    10-04-2016

    Congrats Juliet!

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    Thomas H
    10-05-2016

    Awesome job, Juliet!

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    Elle K
    10-05-2016

    Congratulations, Juliet! Thank you for sharing your experiences and motivation.

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    David S
    10-05-2016

    Congrats!

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    J M
    10-05-2016

    'I had good days where I felt like I made huge progress, and I had bad days where I couldn't even start a video...but I didn't give up.' Thanks

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    James M
    10-05-2016

    Well done!

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    Matt M
    10-11-2016

    @Juliet, I'm inspired by your story. Thanks for sharing. I'm also finding that sugar makes me lethargic and 'foggy.' I do a lot more silent trance-like staring out the window when I am digesting something high in sugar or carbs. What's funny is about a month ago I started consciously avoiding sugar like it's poison. Not only did I feel better, sleep better, and was able to retain more of what I learned, I also lost about 10 lbs. I'm going to school full time to get my Bachelor's in Software Development in addition to going through the CSA course which my work is requiring me to complete.

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    Elio P
    10-11-2016

    Awesome!!! keep going, remember the sky is the limit.

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    Oleg D
    04-15-2017

    Good story and gratz!

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