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Debunking Myths About Careers in Cloud

PLUS: What You Should Know About AWS Certifications

In Today’s Cloudbites:

📝 Should You Be Proficient in Coding?

☁️ AI Will (Not) Replace Cloud Jobs

🤫 PLUS: What You Should Know About AWS Certifications

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Hi friends, welcome back to Cloudbites. Today, I’ll be debunking some myths about careers in the Cloud. I’ll also be sharing my thoughts on whether certifications are enough to land a job.

📝 Should You Be Proficient in Coding?

Myth #1: You need strong coding skills to work in the Cloud.

First and foremost, look at the specific roles for the job you’re applying for. Because contrary to popular beliefs, not all jobs in the Cloud demand strong coding skills. 

Let’s take the Solutions Architect role as an example.

A Solutions Architect is a technical advisor for customers who are using Cloud services. 

Rather than running and inspecting code, a Solutions Architect focuses more on providing architectural recommendations to clients and stakeholders.

That being said, it isn’t necessarily a requirement for a Solutions Architect to be proficient in coding.

To learn more about what skills are needed to become a Solutions Architect, check out my YouTube video on Do I need coding skills to become an AWS Solutions Architect?.

☁️ AI Will (Not) Replace Cloud Jobs

Myth #2: AI will wipe out cloud computing jobs.

You may think that securing a job in the Cloud isn’t worth it:

‘Nah, it’s going to be replaced with AI anyways.’

What if I tell you that may not be the case?

While AI has proven its incredible ability to perform certain tasks, it’s unable to imitate human empathy and intuition. 

Meanwhile, a job in the Cloud, or even Tech in general still requires a certain level of human interaction and creative problem-solving.

And so, for now - AI exists to enhance our productivity. By channelling our time and energy into things that require extra attention (e.g., strategic planning, connecting with clients), the work we produce will be of higher quality.

To hear the perspectives of others, check out my YouTube video where I Asked Tech Employees if they think AI will replace their Jobs.

🤫 PLUS: What You Should Know About AWS Certifications

Myth #3: AWS Certifications alone are enough to land a job.

If you’re planning to take or have taken an AWS certification, that’s amazing!

However, having a certification alone will not guarantee you a job in the Cloud.

An AWS Certification is a great starting point to develop your understanding of AWS, but it doesn’t show employers that you’re capable of building architectures in a real-world context.

Here are some tips to help you stand out:

  1. Practise mock interviews

    Mock interviews allow you to practise technical and non-technical questions that employers may ask you, and receive feedback to improve your responses.

    Check out this YouTube video where I go over common Solutions Architect interview questions and how to answer them.

  2. Surround yourself with like-minded people

    Stay connected and gain more insights related to the industry by attending networking events and/or joining communities on social media.

  3. Apply your understanding by building AWS Projects

    This will demonstrate your hands-on experience with AWS, thus increasing your credibility from the employer’s perspective.

    For example, AOS Note has excellent AWS project video courses that you can follow step-by-step.

    I have partnered with them to offer a 20% discount on all courses when using the code “TECHWITHLUCY” at checkout.

    I also have a YouTube video walking through 5 mini AWS Projects for Beginners.

That's all for now. Thanks for reading! 😊

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