It's been more than two months since my last blog post and where have I been? My three loyal followers have been worried and finally, I'm back! So, what happened?
Many of you don't know this but I'm from Iceland, and I moved to Canada five years ago. Last December 2021, we decided as a family to move back to Iceland. Anyone that has moved to a different country with a whole family knows that packing up and shipping all your stuff in a container is a lot of work. Plus, we were shipping two dogs and a cat! … I feel the PTSD set in from that experience just by writing about it. 😀
Because I was returning to the motherland I knew I would get back into the IT business but I wanted to study and learn something different. I had been a Windows Server and VMware administrator for 17 years and honestly, I just wasn't interested in doing it anymore. You can see from my previous blog posts that I was studying for the CCNA and I wanted to enter the world of networking. I had almost finished studying for the CCNA and I had my exam booked. The plan was to take the exam two weeks before moving back home which was naive optimism on steroids. I underestimated the time and energy that the move would require.
To make a long story short, I was hired as a Linux administrator by a great company in Iceland called Advania. I recommend you check out their website, especially if you need IT support in Europe. https://www.advania.com/
New game plan
This awesome opportunity made me rethink my plan for 2022. Remember my blog post, 2022 Roadmap? When I was being interviewed for my current job I was asked, "what is your long-term plan in IT?" That question got me thinking ... Honestly, it wasn't networking, if I'm making a career change it should be something that I'm excited about and I'm passionate about for some weird reason. I have always been fascinated with Linux and security. I remember in the early 2000's dual-booting between Windows and Red Hat, and sometime after 2007 I switched to Fedora.
So what does this new game plan for 2022 look like and how does it fit with where I want to be in the next few years? Over the last two or three months I have been doing a lot of thinking and my goal is to become a Linux/Cloud security expert. How will I achieve this, what are the steps I will take in 2022 to start my journey?
Did somebody say certifications?
Currently, I'm studying for the Linux Professional Institute LPIC-1, to achieve this certification you must pass two exams. You can read about it here.
After that, I'm taking the Amazon Certified Cloud Practitioner exam. I know it's not the most difficult exam, just like the Microsoft AZ-900 which I passed in January but hey, we all have to start somewhere. 🙂
Then the plan is to become a Red Hat Certified Administrator. I'm mostly focusing on the RHCSA in my studies because a lot of what I learn for it is applicable to the LPIC-1 exams. The LPIC-1 exam is distro neutral so I will have to fill in some knowledge gaps about Debian but that's just fun. 🙂
Once the RHCSA is done I want to do the LPIC-2 exam and if I can finish all of that this year, I'll be one happy camper.
The roadmap for 2022 has changed but I'm excited about it and it doesn't feel like studying. Just like the picture above says, I would rather be using Linux, I just love the whole philosophy behind it and it fascinates me.
It's a huge blessing to work on something all day and go home and still want to study it, listen to podcasts and watch YouTube videos about it. I can't say I have had that happen to me before. I will keep you posted about my progress and I will be sharing a lot about what I'm learning so don't go far.
Oh yeah, that picture is of me after my first day at Advania. Now I have been there for over a month and it's an awesome place to work at. 🙂
Here is a picture of my two dogs that we shipped to Iceland. Ahhhh yes so cute! I will include a picture of my cat soon. 🙂