Simon Eisinger joined TechHire to build a career in technology. While enrolled, he was invited to be part of a digital skilling pilot with Microsoft where he earned a certification in MS Azure, a cloud computing service.
The training was a hybrid of gamified, on-demand learning—complete with badging and leaderboards—and live mentoring study sessions with fellow students and Microsoft volunteers. Simon was one of 37 students to go through the Azure Fundamentals course. Here he tells us about how the virtual learning community helped him prepare for his next job.
While looking for work, I enrolled for a free Microsoft (MS) Azure Cloud Computing training from TechHire. Since I last worked as a project manager for manufacturing equipment where Internet of Things (IoT) solutions became more and more trendy, I thought some cloud technology background could not hurt.
The training was great, I understood the basics of cloud computing and its challenges. I learned about different solutions that are available and even some cloud configurations that were done in the training. We had step by step projects with interactive tasks and coaches from Microsoft who were available for questions and problem solving.
I gained understanding on how cloud services work like Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and got familiar with the MS Azure user interface. The training was both entertaining and I learned a lot.
A few weeks ago, I found a position as project manager and as it would be destiny, I now use MS Azure every day. I use Microsoft Azure (and other solutions, like SharePoint for example) as SaaS, which is actually one option of a cloud service that we talked about in the training. The training helped me better to understand how nowadays IT solutions are developed and implemented.
For others who are looking for a job, keep looking. It takes some time until recruiters become aware of you. What happened to me in 2020 a few times, is that companies basically decided to not hire and wait and see instead. I am still getting calls from companies I had interviews with and who decided not to hire in 2020.
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