Virtually everyone’s lives were upended as the result of the global COVID-19 crisis, including mine. Diminished economic activity in the wake of social distancing guidelines enacted to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus prompted a wave of layoffs in early 2020. Based in Louisville, Kentucky as a veteran technology professional, I was laid off from my job as a manager in April after eight and a half years, and decided I needed to take control of my post-COVID future by upgrading my skills.
As a 30-year veteran in the world of information technology, I was no stranger to upskilling, which is why I have been able to thrive in the industry for so long. I started my career as a programmer, worked as a developer, eventually moving into hardware support and database support. After the 2020 layoff, I took a pragmatic look at IT trends and realized that cloud computing was a growth industry with incredible career opportunities.
I believe that companies today are looking toward cloud technology to shore up their business value at the end of the day. This is my rationale for choosing cloud computing as my next professional focus. Six months after receiving the pink slip, I am now a gainfully employed systems engineering manager for a health care payments platform company, thanks in no small part to Simplilearn’s Cloud Architect Master’s Program.
My story is proof positive that with the right motivation and training, professionals can recover and indeed thrive after experiencing a temporary setback due to events beyond their control. Learn how I leveraged Simplilearn’s unique online learning platform to reinvent my career.
The Challenge: Getting Back on Track After a Layoff
I describe myself as a positive person, an admirable trait during such trying times. So, soon after I was laid off as part of a broader reduction in force at the health care services company where I handled change and problem management, I directed my attention toward solving my own change in career status. I was already intrigued with the seemingly endless potential of cloud computing and saw that advanced cloud skills were in high demand.
I wanted to immerse myself in all aspects of cloud technology and gain hands-on experience with the three major cloud computing platforms: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). I was particularly intrigued with the expanding use of cloud technology for virtual machines, application servers, application services, web services, and so much more.
While I was able to find classes on AWS or Azure, what I really wanted was a program that would provide a comprehensive and rigorous education in cloud computing that involved all three major cloud platforms. I searched online for programs that were comprehensive, effective, affordable, and flexible, and Simplilearn’s offerings consistently showed up at the top of the list. As I refined my search, I decided that Simplilearn had more to offer and its process looked intuitive to me.
My mind made up, I enrolled in Simplilearn’s seven-course Cloud Architect Master’s Program, covering the latest tools and methods across all three major cloud platforms.