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Milan Mithbaokar

26+ years

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Principal DevOps Engineer

Fortinet

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Principal DevOps Engineer

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As documented by Milan Mithbaokar

Originally from India, I lived in the United States for 15 years. I have worked in the IT sector for the past 20 years. My job with Dell EMC required extensive travel, which I no longer wanted to do, so I explored other options in the industry. I worked with big corporations such as Reliance in India, and I enjoyed its corporate structure. So, I decided to get back to the corporate work life. 

I joined Fortinet as a principal DevOps infrastructure engineer after shifting my focus to DevOps. DevOps combines software development and IT operations to shorten the systems development life cycle and deliver high-quality software. After working in this capacity for a year, I felt I needed to upskill my talents in DevOps and signed up for Simplilearn’s online bootcamp. 

I chose Simplilearn’s PGP in DevOps course in association with Caltech CTME. Simplilearn offers its course online, and I found the curriculum quite interesting. My employers also recognized the value of the course, which was another plus point for me. 

Now I can apply the knowledge I gained from the course to my work. Before the course, it was challenging for me to carry out particular assignments and projects because I came from an infrastructure background. Now, my employer knows that I have taken this course and can handle a broader range of tasks. Based on Caltech CTME certification, I can ask for more projects from my employers. 

My experience with Simplilearn was great. Before joining the course, I knew that I was going for DevOps, but the course gave me a structural understanding of it. 

Simplilearn’s course selection stood out in the crowd

Once I decided to upskill myself, I researched different courses and universities. I discovered Simplilearn’s PGP in DevOps course in association with Caltech CTME, which has a positive reputation. It immediately caught my attention. Simplilearn offers an online course that fits my needs, especially during the pandemic. Also, I am a full-time working professional, so I prefer learning online. But I enrolled in the course after seeing the curriculum, and it was everything I sought. Simplilearn is true to its name — learn simply. 

My employers also recognized the value of the course, which was another plus point for me. 

Overcoming hesitation about learning online

My experience with Simplilearn has been great. Before joining the course, I decided to get into DevOps, but the course gave me a structural understanding of it. Interestingly, my wife was hesitant about me taking a digital course, and she thought the experience might not be as beneficial as in-person [DN1] classes, but it turned out to be valuable. The instructors were excellent. Also, studying with people from different backgrounds and experience levels was something new.

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Certification opened up new opportunities

I feel that I can apply the knowledge I gained from the course to work. My employers are also confident that I can carry out specific tasks. In addition, I have received a lot of interest from other companies, but I have decided to stay with my present organization.

Juggling schedule to upskill

There were some difficulties fitting in work and study, but I managed. My days started at 6:30 a.m., and by 10:30 a.m., I was free. I made good use of the pandemic conditions, by working from home and studying on weekends.

In conclusion

I believe that learning should never stop, and you should always try new things and learn new things. Simplilearn provides the way to do just that!