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jonathanlhyde

1 week ago

Retake Exam

Hello All


I am taking the Linux Essentials Exam again next Tuesday.  The first time I took the exam I scored a 480.  I only needed a 500 to pass!  So close!  Anyways, I did poorest on section 4, The Linux Operating System. 

Does anyone have any advice for me?  Are there supplemental materials I can look at?  Some of the questions I had no idea because I'd never seen the material before, althought I can't remember exactly what they were asking. 

Thanks for your help in advance!

Jonathan

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1 week ago
Hi Jonathan, so sorry to hear about the exam, You came SO close!


The really good thing is that you are that close, you just need one more right question and you're a pass!

I hear you about that section, it is kind of strange because it combines both theory and practical tasks.  Do you recall if the questions you were missing were about commands or about theory?

I used to work and train for LPI, I can tell you that the theory questions are harder sometimes, the ones based on commands tend to be much more "do you know this?" than the theory ones.

I'd spend my time going over the objectives for that section, and the entire exam, which you can find here:

https://www.lpi.org/our-certifications/exam-010-objectives

I'd look them over, do a man command on everything you see listed there, try the more obvious options again and again, and in general make sure you know something substantive about every single command, config file and particularly the directories where data is stored, (4.3) which is a very much missed section.

Are you on the Community Slack?  If you have further questions, hit me up there, I hang around in the SUSE channel, or just look for Ross Brunson.

Please do connect, I really want to be of help to you on this!

Ross

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jonathanlhyde
1 week ago
Thank you so much for the info!  I don't really recall if the questions were more practical or theoritical, I just remember thinking I have no idea I haven't seen this yet.  I am not on community slack yet.  I will definitely check that out tomorrow!

It is good I have made a contact with actual experience in the field.  All my training has been either through college or through training.  I have never actually worked in the IT field, but am wanting to make a career transition.  I live in an area of the country that has very little cyber infastructure.  We do have great Internet Speeds, but no cyber or IT jobs.  I live in the same community as my family, so i am not looking to move, as I am comfortable here.

All that to say, my goal is to find a job that allows me to work from home.  Do you have any suggestions on which career path to take that will allow me to stay in this community?  In other words, what is the best certification to get to be better my chances of working from home.  I really dont even mind working at night or graveyard shift, the thing that matters most to me is geography.

Thanks so much for your help!  Thank you for your reply!
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1 week ago
Jonathan, you are so welcome!  This is a good time to finally make the break between where you sit and where you work!  I personally live in Southern Montana, and while there are a LOT of clouds here, in Big Sky Country, there are zero Cyber or IT jobs outside of the few larger cities that are hours away.  I know how you feel!

One of the areas I recommend is the three cloud platforms, AWS, GCP, Azure, as most of the infrastructure these days is being built or transitioned over to one of, or several of these platforms.

Companies increasingly need sysadmins and DevOps people who can help build, automate, maintain and troubleshoot these online cloud-based implementations of their infrastructure.

I recommend basic Linux skills, as nearly every system you'll be working on will be based on Linux, no matter what platform you decide to learn and pursue. 

From there, you can really take a few directions:
  • Being a Solutions Architect on one of the platforms, someone who helps build systems in the cloud
  • Being a database admin, as so much of the data being used anywhere is based in the cloud
  • Being a Software Developer, someone who helps write the software that uses the online infrastructure
  • Being a DevOps Engineer, someone who helps automate the building, the expansion and scaling of the infrastructure, servers and networking that run things.

I recommend taking a few of the beginner courses in each area, such as:

  • AWS Cloud Practitioner - https://linuxacademy.com/cp/modules/view/id/376?redirect_uri=https://app.linuxacademy.com/search?type=Course&categories=AWS
  • Ansible Quick Start https://linuxacademy.com/cp/modules/view/id/288?redirect_uri=https://app.linuxacademy.com/search?categories=AWS~DevOps&type=Course&difficulty=Beginner
  • DevOps Essentials https://linuxacademy.com/cp/modules/view/id/266?redirect_uri=https://app.linuxacademy.com/search?categories=AWS~DevOps&type=Course&difficulty=Beginner
  • Certified Entry-level Python Programmer https://linuxacademy.com/cp/modules/view/id/413?redirect_uri=https://app.linuxacademy.com/search?categories=AWS~DevOps~Linux&type=Course&difficulty=Beginner

I know this is long, but I think it encapsulates my best advice on how to get from where you are, which is a great position, on the edge of a great and productive cloud-based location-independent career, to where you want to go!

Ross

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jonathanlhyde
7 days ago
Thanks so much!  I am taking the Linux Essentials Exam on Tuesday, and if I pass I will be starting the AWS Cloud Practicioner first thing Wednesday!  I am feeling pretty confident that I can get where I want to go.  I always appreciate your advice along the way.
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jonathanlhyde
4 days ago
Hey Ross!  I wanted to let you know that I am retaking the exam tomorrow at 11:00 A.M.  Thanks again for the help!  Hopefully tomorrow afternoon I will have some good news.
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jonathanlhyde
4 days ago
Hey Ross!  I passed!  Thank you for your help!  It's on to AWS!