Here at the Datanauts Fortress of Facepalms, we’re passionate about busting down silos and building IT that actually works! Because housing multiple tribes of disparate technology silos represented by SMEs who jealously guard their pile of data center hardware results in broken environments.
In this show, we’re going to cover a wide variety of topics with a technical professional who has shown a passion for going “full stack” across a number of skills. So strap in, loyal listeners, as we tickle your noodle on certifications, mentoring, resources for learning, and much more!
Joining the Datanauts is Eric Shanks, a senior solutions architect at a consultancy and blogger at The IT Hollow, to talk about what skills are essential for today’s infrastructure, how to keep your skills sharp, and how to learn new ones.
Part 1 – Skills And Learning
- What skill silos were you most drawn to when starting IT?
- Is that skill still relevant to businesses looking for IT professionals, or has it decayed or regressed in some way?
- Why did you decide to expand beyond those silos – what was the driving force to expand your skills?
- How do you address the need to carve out time to learn new skills against other demands, such as family, friends, and recreation?
- What methods were successful or detrimental to your learning, and why?
Part 2 – Certification And Mentorship
- Do you mentor others? If so, what practices have worked well or fallen flat?
- Do you advise other IT professionals to find a mentor, and what did you like or hate about mentorship?
- How do you suggest others go about finding and validating a mentor?
- How have certifications affected your career path, both professionally and as someone required to hold certifications for a partner?
- You’re a VMware Certified Design Expert, which is VMware’s highest certification. What was your motivation behind going after this cert?
- How do you balance–and assign value to–practical, hands-on experience versus vendor and community certifications?
Part 3 – Resources And Next Steps
- What skills do you feel are heavily valued and worth pursuing today?
- Same question as above, but over the next 3-5 years?
- How important are code repositories and Git?
- What are your top three recommended resources for learning – podcasts, teaching sites, video training, books, blogs, etc.?
- Are conferences still worth going to? Do they provide professional networking, learning new skills, gaining exposure to next-gen tech, or something else?
- Have you gone to any smaller meetings – MeetUps focused on a particular challenge or solution, as an example?