My Journey Towards Cloud
I recently got certified as Google Cloud Certified Associate Cloud Engineer. Many people asked me how I got into the cloud. So, I’ll share with you how I really started my journey into the cloud.
“The beginning is the end. The end is the beginning. Everything is connected.”
Well, I can’t come up with a better phrase to describe my journey towards the cloud. It was at this moment when I finally realized that things were really in my path.
““The beginning is the end”
Just as I finished my school, I had to get into college for my engineering degree. So, like every other student, I wrote various entrance exams. And, I successfully failed. I couldn’t clear JEE, but I wasn’t sad. I looked at my result and said “It’s okay to fail”, and moved on. Then, I tried other exams like the Kerala Engineering Entrance. During that time, I came to hear about a deemed to be university in Bangalore. I felt curious and applied for it. The exam was scheduled in Kochi and I went there and gave the exam. A few days later(or a few weeks, I don’t clearly remember), the results came and I was shortlisted. I explored the choices of my stream. I found “Computer Science Engineering with Specialization in Cloud Technology” very interesting and told my parents that I’ve made up my mind.
It was then, it happened.
They offered me admission. Then, I called them to enquire about the campus and came to know that it was a vegetarian campus. Being a hardcore non-veg foodie, I could not afford it.
And, guess what? I dropped the offer.
Later, I joined the Muthoot Institute of Technology and Science in Kochi, where I currently study my final year of Computer Science Engineering. I don’t have any regrets about not joining the other university(because I won’t compromise on food). And, I have the best set of teachers to guide me. Thanks to them that I am still resourceful.
During April, my faculty advisor cum mentor told me that Coursera is providing free online courses, in association with colleges. He encouraged me to apply for it. Since I haven’t done any courses previously in the past 3 years, and that the college demanded at least two courses to be done compulsorily, I opted for it. I enrolled in the program and completed two courses to meet the requirement. But, I slowly started developing an interest in them. I explored more courses, enrolled in whatever I found interesting.
““The end is the beginning”
It was then I found my niche.
Cloud computing courses on GCP were offered by Google Cloud. I enrolled in them and started completing each course. That grew my interest in Cloud computing and I dived deeper into it.
My interest in Cloud grew exponentially with the number of courses I finished.
I wanted to do more and started learning the Google Cloud Platform. During that time, I connected with other Cloud and DevOps people on LinkedIn. I had great conversations with them and tried to understand their responsibilities. I also spent my time learning other cloud platforms and tried to gain some achievements.
During August, I gained my first professional Cloud achievement.
Aviatrix Certified Engineer(ACE) — Multi-cloud Networking Associate
This was an incredible achievement for me being the first student in Kerala to achieve the certification. Then, I went on my learning process.
During September, I got my second cloud certification.
Alibaba Cloud Associate — Cloud Computing
Again, it felt great. Meanwhile, I wanted to do something big on Google Cloud Platform that took my entire interest. I became obsessed with it and enrolled for all the courses in Coursera provided by Google Cloud. Now, I’ve completed all the courses by Google Cloud and Google.org on Coursera. At the same time, I heard about Google Career Readiness Program. I applied for it and got enrolled. The program enables you to learn on Google Cloud Platform(GCP) and helps you prepare to get certified on the Associate Cloud Engineer certification. It made my certification process easier by providing a 50% discount as a voucher.
I went through an intense preparation to get certified on GCP ACE. My exam was scheduled for 30th October 2020. As a result of my dedication and hard work, I passed the exam.
From zero to GCP ACE, and multi-cloud certified in just 4 months.
Getting certified as GCP ACE really is an incredible feat I can be proud of. Also, being the first student again in Kerala. Everything happened for a reason.
““Everything is connected”
In 2017, I thought about joining a Cloud specialization course with engineering and dropped it soon. Fast forward 3 years, I am globally certified on Cloud. I never thought that this would happen. I believe that there is a reason for everything that happens. This too happened for a reason. I found my niche just as soon as I enrolled in the cloud courses. My mind whispered that this will take me somewhere high. I followed my mind, and you now witness where it is taking me.
How did I reach here from nothing?
- A dedication to my passion.
- The willingness to work hard to obtain the desired result.
- An inextinguishable drive to learn, and to achieve big.
- Most importantly, the growth mindset.
I still have a long way to go. Borrowing the words of Robert Frost, but modifying the quote to my way:
“I have miles to go, and a plethora to accomplish.”
- Keep learning.
- Possess a growth mindset.
- Learn from mistakes.
“Challenge yourself. Victory will be yours.”
Thanks for reading. Have a great day!!!