What certification changed your life/career trajectory in a major way?

  1. AWS Cloud Practitioner. I'm like 90% sure it's the only reason my company decided to interview me. I recommend it to any entry-level/no-work-experience aspiring developer, because it's pretty easy to get for how much value you get out of it.

  2. Does this apply to any developer? For example, I’m focusing on full stack web dev, but have no work experience or degree

  3. Gor folks reading this post, keep in mind one guy's post may not represent the whole.AWS CCPis extremely basic and easy to obtain. It is, because it doesn't require much actual technical knowledge at all and is basically memorizing strive names to definitions. You can crank it out in a literal week or less really. Know the name of this service. Know what storage is. Wow, guess you got it down.

  4. I’m now learning to be an entry level dev. Can you list the skills needed along with certification to get going as a dev. Thanks!

  5. Would you recommend me going for the AWS Cloud Practitioner certification? I earned the AWS Certified Developer Associate certification back in 2020, but I am still seeking an entry level job. I pursued the Certified Developer Associate instead of Cloud Practitioner at that time because I thought Certified Developer was more appropriate for pursuing software development in cloud.

  6. AWS Solution Architect Associate. Last year I applied to a bunch of companies for internships and heard crickets. As soon as I got the cert and applied for internships it was like a 180° flip and I was flooded with internship offers. I encourage all my college peers to put in the time to get a very like the SAA because it will separate you from your peers in a great way. I got an internship at a fortune 50 company fortunately.

  7. That's probably not because of the certification, but due to the fact that you moved into security engineering. Congrats on getting it tho!

  8. Seems silly, but getting my OCA cert for Java. I did one of the witch companies starting out and that cert got me into a direct fintech role instead of getting scooped up by a big vendor like Infosys.

  9. I was lucky enough to get a CEH couple of years before people realized that it's a crappy cert. Acted quite well as an HR bypass and managed to get some high TC roles thanks to it. Will probably get an AWS certification next although my experience have been more than enough so far.

  10. I am a DevOps engineer, and I think the one cert that helped me get a job in DevOps was to earn my AWS SA Associate cert. This is not so much about the cert though, but How well you can apply what you learn in real life scenarios

  11. I am pretty interested in devops but as someone in a 4 year IT program and has beginner level experience with python and c++, I feel that there’s very little in terms of guidance on how to go the devop route. I’d be interested in what kinds of resources you’ve used to get into devops.

  12. Just graduated wit a BS in civil. While I like it, I can’t see myself in the field for too long. What kind of stuff did you do to prepare for a masters in CS as I’m considering potentially doing the same

  13. A simple Microsoft sql course through edX got me into a role that quickly shifted into a technical role and led to me completely switching careers (operations to data analytics/data science)

  14. getting the AWS Solutions Architect cert [I assume] made me pop up in recruiters' LinkedIn searches with a markedly higher frequency. So that allowed me to get my foot in the door for a lot of interviews.

  15. Certs are good to draw eyeballs to your resume. They are especially good at that if you don't have much experience or are switching careers.

  16. Self studied for mcad/mcsd between 2006 and 2008 while working a shitty soul crushing retail job. Gave me the knowledge and confidence to land a trainee Dev job at a local e-commerce company and the rest is history.

  17. I've taken a wildly different path than most here and I'm in infosec engineering, not software dev. That being said, I think the CISSP helped far more than anything else. It opened doors and landed me interviews that I never would have gotten and ultimately landed me in a position that literally doubled my salary. From about $75k ($110k TC) to $140k ($208k TC)

  18. How’d you get into CISSP? Recently made a change into IT Audit and we have a cyber security division. They want me to make a pivot to that and have mentioned I should look into getting CISSP. It opens you up to more cybersecurity roles right?

  19. Accredited Trainer for Tableau (Data Visualization software). Not CS but BI is a similar tangent, as it allows me to work with Data Scientists, Architects and Engineers on the regular. I’m fascinated by the DE roles and the work they do which would have been difficult for me to get close to otherwise.

  20. Interesting. I hadn’t thought much about leveraging my 10 years of teaching experience with trainer routes. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Military service followed up with an engineering degree. First gen student. Siblings didn’t do college. Struggled, made a lot of mistakes. Military service got my resume looked at, engineering degree taught me the skills needed to break into the work force.

  22. Didn't do a cert, but did an online course in React at my local community college. It caught me up to speed with modern JS development after being out of the field for a bit, and landed me a job.

  23. Can you elaborate please? So you weren’t working in development before and just learned js + react then got a job?

  24. I got a job before finishing the comptia a+, but studying the basics as hard as i did opened me up to more possibilities and solutions that seem to apply to real-world IT labor.

  25. dating myself here, but MCSE. I got that while working at a helpdesk 25 years ago and it was what got me into an entry level server admin position. From there, used some self-taught perl to automate all the things, and 25 years later I'm a production engineer at [the only place that calls them production engineers].

  26. I'll second that, same story here. Got into IT back in the mid 90's and got my NT 4.0 MCSE and got each subsequent one until 2008. At that point the certifications really didn't matter since I had a significant amount of experience under my belt. I did get the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate and AWS Certified SysOps Administrator- Associate a few years ago, since my employer wanted someone on our team to have the certification, but outside of that, there is no real push to get more certifications in my current environment.

  27. Yup, aside from the MS, a strategic job change was the next most impactful input to my career. The transition was HELL (story for another day), but I landed in a great situation, and immediately doubled my salary (it’s more than tripled by now).

  28. SANS Certifications for security related stuff. I have two under my belt now and when I bring them up in interviews they are typically met with a very positive reaction. Can also be used as a small bargaining chip when it comes time to negotiate salary.

  29. Oracle OCP. Even before I finished by Computer Science degree, it put my foot in the door for a lucrative DBA career. But the degree meant it was much easier for me to move on to other things when I was through being a DBA.

  30. Accomplishment Coaching, Next Level Trainings, Landmark Worldwide, and Tony Robbins have all made a big difference in my income throughout the last 5 years.

  31. I assume you moved into a managerial role and did not stay in development after this. Right?

  32. Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown. It’s made me a way better coach, person, husband, father, colleague and friend. That and executive coaching is very lucrative. Best investment I’ve made so far.

  33. I got a few certs from a local community college and jumped into I.T. It's been Non stop rollercoaster ride of ups and downs but mostly good though. I don't look back!

  34. Doing cloud services, as everyone has mentioned, and a few ui/ux certs in edx and coursera. Definitely didn't matter in the long run (I'm still relatively "new" in the professional workforce), but sure helped impress employers.

  35. RHCE. At the time it was brand new, expensive, and multiday. It was my first cert, and it helped me get a number of sysadmin roles.

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  38. Getting a Sans cert (GSOC) helped me move from a SOC analyst with 1.5 years experience to an information security engineer. One of the qualifications for the position was having a cert from an elite organization like Sans.

  39. Security+ Because after studying for about 15 min I found a test dump and realized certifications are a waste of time and never looked back wasting valuable free time studying useless certs.

  40. " I have no interest in hearing from the crowd that say certs are pointless, experience > *, I'm sure you'll chime in anyways."

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