Looking for Career Advice



  • @wirestyle22 said in Looking for Career Advice:

    Q: What do you all do when you want to learn new things to be more valuable that you can't do at home?
    A: I take online courses and read books. I may not be able to play with it, but I can at least learn the concepts. There is a lot you can learn at home. Never underestimate how important a home lab is. I include it on my resume.

    Ok thanks man. I do use video training and I try to invest in myself constantly. I buy and read a lot of books. Subjects like Python, Git, Sql, and Security. All of it is interesting.



  • @wirestyle22 said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @jmoore said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @Emad-R said in Looking for Career Advice:

    Play with Suse man, i am loving it right now. If your in US/Canada study RHEL and Centos. I said stay cause you should be master in it, and you can learn another thing without that effecting. and be system admin

    Yes I have always used rhel as a hobbyist. Suse has been much more current, like the last 3 years. I just keep vm's running and experiment on them to learn.

    Learn automation. 100% doable at home and it puts you ahead of a lot of your peers. you can be leaps and bounds more efficient. Highly desirable.

    Yes I forgot to mention that. I am currently learning Ansible. Bought a book and I'm going through all the exercises. thats what i did with KVM and many other topics.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Looking for Career Advice:

    Don't forget options like interning. Our head of engineering got his role because even as a senior, he wanted to move up past what his current job offered and so he interned with us. It's different than a regular intern, and it's unusual. But it exists and it worked for him. Now he's the boss, works from home, and sets his own schedule. And works on whatever he wants.

    Ok thanks I'll keep that in mind.



  • @Kelly said in Looking for Career Advice:

    Most of my reluctance to leave a bad job has come from two places, not feeling like I have enough to invest in looking, and fear of rejection. I don't know if those two apply to you at all, but I'm going to address them anyway :). To the first, right now you are probably unhappy and stressed out because of all of the reasons you outlined above. If you can reduce some of the things that contribute to that you will be a better person outside of work. Taking some time now to invest is worth the return.

    Thanks I think that is great advice and will take that to heart. That is how I have felt because every time I have asked to take on this project or have access to this system in order to learn I have been denied. they wouldn't even let me do documentation for our processes and and how to guides for users. So every time they say no it makes me feel like I don't have the skills to actually do that job anyway, at least briefly.



  • @coliver said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @jmoore said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @scottalanmiller said in Looking for Career Advice:

    Can't realistically think of anything that I can't do at home.

    Sure I get that and your right. Its just difficult to pay for licensing for everything sometimes. That is really the only thing that keeps me from learning certain things at home.

    90% of all Windows tools have a 180 day eval. I believe that SCCM is one of those tools.

    Although it seems like Microsoft is looking to take SCCM out of the picture soon and completely replace the ConfigMgr piece of it with InTune. So Intune may be a better tool to learn going forward.



  • @coliver said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @coliver said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @jmoore said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @scottalanmiller said in Looking for Career Advice:

    Can't realistically think of anything that I can't do at home.

    Sure I get that and your right. Its just difficult to pay for licensing for everything sometimes. That is really the only thing that keeps me from learning certain things at home.

    90% of all Windows tools have a 180 day eval. I believe that SCCM is one of those tools.

    Although it seems like Microsoft is looking to take SCCM out of the picture soon and completely replace the ConfigMgr piece of it with InTune. So Intune may be a better tool to learn going forward.

    Ok thanks a lot I'll make a note of that.



  • @coliver said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @coliver said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @jmoore said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @scottalanmiller said in Looking for Career Advice:

    Can't realistically think of anything that I can't do at home.

    Sure I get that and your right. Its just difficult to pay for licensing for everything sometimes. That is really the only thing that keeps me from learning certain things at home.

    90% of all Windows tools have a 180 day eval. I believe that SCCM is one of those tools.

    Although it seems like Microsoft is looking to take SCCM out of the picture soon and completely replace the ConfigMgr piece of it with InTune. So Intune may be a better tool to learn going forward.

    Yeah pretty much everyone is replacing their management tools with cloud offerings now. You might as well as be in front of the curb vs behind it.



  • @IRJ said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @coliver said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @coliver said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @jmoore said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @scottalanmiller said in Looking for Career Advice:

    Can't realistically think of anything that I can't do at home.

    Sure I get that and your right. Its just difficult to pay for licensing for everything sometimes. That is really the only thing that keeps me from learning certain things at home.

    90% of all Windows tools have a 180 day eval. I believe that SCCM is one of those tools.

    Although it seems like Microsoft is looking to take SCCM out of the picture soon and completely replace the ConfigMgr piece of it with InTune. So Intune may be a better tool to learn going forward.

    Yeah pretty much everyone is replacing their management tools with cloud offerings now. You might as well as be in front of the curb vs behind it.

    Yup, always study for the future 😉



  • @IRJ said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @coliver said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @coliver said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @jmoore said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @scottalanmiller said in Looking for Career Advice:

    Can't realistically think of anything that I can't do at home.

    Sure I get that and your right. Its just difficult to pay for licensing for everything sometimes. That is really the only thing that keeps me from learning certain things at home.

    90% of all Windows tools have a 180 day eval. I believe that SCCM is one of those tools.

    Although it seems like Microsoft is looking to take SCCM out of the picture soon and completely replace the ConfigMgr piece of it with InTune. So Intune may be a better tool to learn going forward.

    Yeah pretty much everyone is replacing their management tools with cloud offerings now. You might as well as be in front of the curb vs behind it.

    your absolutely right. Made a note to learn Intune in my Zoho notes app.



  • @jmoore said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @IRJ said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @coliver said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @coliver said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @jmoore said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @scottalanmiller said in Looking for Career Advice:

    Can't realistically think of anything that I can't do at home.

    Sure I get that and your right. Its just difficult to pay for licensing for everything sometimes. That is really the only thing that keeps me from learning certain things at home.

    90% of all Windows tools have a 180 day eval. I believe that SCCM is one of those tools.

    Although it seems like Microsoft is looking to take SCCM out of the picture soon and completely replace the ConfigMgr piece of it with InTune. So Intune may be a better tool to learn going forward.

    Yeah pretty much everyone is replacing their management tools with cloud offerings now. You might as well as be in front of the curb vs behind it.

    your absolutely right. Made a note to learn Intune in my Zoho notes app.

    I use Zoho Notes, too.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @jmoore said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @IRJ said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @coliver said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @coliver said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @jmoore said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @scottalanmiller said in Looking for Career Advice:

    Can't realistically think of anything that I can't do at home.

    Sure I get that and your right. Its just difficult to pay for licensing for everything sometimes. That is really the only thing that keeps me from learning certain things at home.

    90% of all Windows tools have a 180 day eval. I believe that SCCM is one of those tools.

    Although it seems like Microsoft is looking to take SCCM out of the picture soon and completely replace the ConfigMgr piece of it with InTune. So Intune may be a better tool to learn going forward.

    Yeah pretty much everyone is replacing their management tools with cloud offerings now. You might as well as be in front of the curb vs behind it.

    your absolutely right. Made a note to learn Intune in my Zoho notes app.

    I use Zoho Notes, too.

    Yeah I wanted to something simple for work to keep personal notes seperate. It works great. I document everything to make my job easier and so I don't have to remember everything.



  • @jmoore said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @wirestyle22 said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @jmoore said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @Emad-R said in Looking for Career Advice:

    Play with Suse man, i am loving it right now. If your in US/Canada study RHEL and Centos. I said stay cause you should be master in it, and you can learn another thing without that effecting. and be system admin

    Yes I have always used rhel as a hobbyist. Suse has been much more current, like the last 3 years. I just keep vm's running and experiment on them to learn.

    Learn automation. 100% doable at home and it puts you ahead of a lot of your peers. you can be leaps and bounds more efficient. Highly desirable.

    Yes I forgot to mention that. I am currently learning Ansible. Bought a book and I'm going through all the exercises. thats what i did with KVM and many other topics.

    In your learning, lean on @stacksofplates. He's one of the most active Ansible users here and in my experience is very willing to explain concepts and sharpen your understanding. That's the point of ML--we are all here to sharpen each other.



  • @wirestyle22 said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @jmoore said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @wirestyle22 said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @jmoore said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @Emad-R said in Looking for Career Advice:

    Play with Suse man, i am loving it right now. If your in US/Canada study RHEL and Centos. I said stay cause you should be master in it, and you can learn another thing without that effecting. and be system admin

    Yes I have always used rhel as a hobbyist. Suse has been much more current, like the last 3 years. I just keep vm's running and experiment on them to learn.

    Learn automation. 100% doable at home and it puts you ahead of a lot of your peers. you can be leaps and bounds more efficient. Highly desirable.

    Yes I forgot to mention that. I am currently learning Ansible. Bought a book and I'm going through all the exercises. thats what i did with KVM and many other topics.

    In your learning, lean on @stacksofplates. He's one of the most active Ansible users here and in my experience is very willing to explain concepts and sharpen your understanding. That's the point of ML--we are all here to sharpen each other.

    Thanks that makes a lot of sense. @stacksofplates has been very helpful in the past and I appreciate it. Ive tried out a few ideas from him in the past and I enjoyed learning.



  • @jmoore said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @wirestyle22 said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @jmoore said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @wirestyle22 said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @jmoore said in Looking for Career Advice:

    @Emad-R said in Looking for Career Advice:

    Play with Suse man, i am loving it right now. If your in US/Canada study RHEL and Centos. I said stay cause you should be master in it, and you can learn another thing without that effecting. and be system admin

    Yes I have always used rhel as a hobbyist. Suse has been much more current, like the last 3 years. I just keep vm's running and experiment on them to learn.

    Learn automation. 100% doable at home and it puts you ahead of a lot of your peers. you can be leaps and bounds more efficient. Highly desirable.

    Yes I forgot to mention that. I am currently learning Ansible. Bought a book and I'm going through all the exercises. thats what i did with KVM and many other topics.

    In your learning, lean on @stacksofplates. He's one of the most active Ansible users here and in my experience is very willing to explain concepts and sharpen your understanding. That's the point of ML--we are all here to sharpen each other.

    Thanks that makes a lot of sense. @stacksofplates has been very helpful in the past and I appreciate it. Ive tried out a few ideas from him in the past and I enjoyed learning.

    You're already ahead of the game by just being motivated to learn man. keep it up



  • Gaining some additional certifications is always an option. Looking into something like VMware would definitely be worth the while.



  • @DimS said in Looking for Career Advice:

    Gaining some additional certifications is always an option. Looking into something like VMware would definitely be worth the while.

    Thanks for the input!


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