Cloud services are appearing in more industries and applications every single day. Whether you’re a seasoned tech professional, a budding entrepreneur, or even someone who, like me, thinks the cloud is just that puffy white stuff in the sky, jumping in and learning essential tools like Microsoft Azure can be a great way to prepare you for the latest changes and career opportunities of the future.
This month, The Shortcut is once again teaming up with Microsoft to present the eight-week training course in Azure Fundamentals, preparing you to get certified and started on the path to becoming a pro at cloud technology. You’ll join a diverse batch of participants from different nationalities, ages and professional backgrounds on the journey of learning Azure. You’ll get hands on training from Microsoft instructors, enhance your IT skills, and figure out how to boost your tech projects to Ninja Level.
The growing demand for cloud services makes it an appealing learning path for people from all walks of life. So how can you make the most out of the course and start applying the cloud to your real-life projects?
Mojjammil Tanzil, a developer who made a career switch from business into IT, took the course and earned his Azure Certification shortly after. For him, one of the program highlights was the hands-on instruction from Microsoft professionals. “They were all experienced, and the online materials were very well organized. The instructors were down to earth and you could talk to them about almost any tech problem. It was a great opportunity to get in touch with them and learn from them“, he says.
Now that Mojjammil is Azure Certified, he is able to step up his profile and show companies that he has more to offer through cloud solutions. He further ads, “I’ll work on some of my own projects for a bit to show them that I know how I can integrate cloud services for deploying apps or websites.”
Anne Liis Kasterpalu, another participant who got her Certification after the course, also had an unexpected journey that led her to discovering cloud services. With a background in international business, finance, and marketing, she found that learning Azure was a great way to enhance her interest in data management. “Azure is so flexible in what they offer. It gave me a better understanding into applications development, which I was surprised by, and it got me really interested to find out about new fields”, she says.
Anne Liis also has some advice for anyone interested in taking up this learning path: “Before starting the course, be sure about your goals and more or less the application field of this tool, otherwise you might get lost. For the learning itself, you have to find your own way. There are different options – you can attend workshops, but there’s also peer learning and learning on your own, so it’s about finding out what suits you. Concentrate on your own methods and see what works for you.”
By Esmeé Xavier – August 15, 2019