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Read this-AWS Certifications a solid foundation for building your Cloud Computing career

There has been some criticism of AWS certifications, with some suggesting that they are not worthwhile. However, I respectfully disagree with this perspective.

In my opinion, any type of learning is beneficial. 

Consider the following statistic: there are now more than one million active AWS certifications, a figure that has increased by 29% in the past year alone. This suggests that certifications are indeed valuable and in demand.

If someone is going to make a strong claim about AWS certifications, they should be prepared to back it up with data. Here's the data I have found, more than 650,000 individuals hold associate, professional, or specialty AWS certifications. What do you think about this numbers?

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These certifications don't guarantee you a job offer, but they do provide a solid foundation of knowledge and can help you stand out to potential employers.

It's important to keep in mind that passing a certification exam is just one step in building expertise. Like learning to drive a car, you need practice and dedication to become an expert. AWS certifications won’t make you a cloud computing expert overnight, but they will give you a strong starting point to build your knowledge and skills from.

The AWS Certification program offers a range of certifications at different levels and specializations. Each certification requires passing a rigorous exam that tests your knowledge of AWS services, architectures, and best practices.

While the exams are challenging, they're not impossible to obtain, and there are many resources available to help you prepare such as like AWS training courses such as:

  1. AWS-Skillbuilder

  2. Online tutorials

  3. Practice exams such as Tutorials-Dojo

  4. Our amazing AWS Community Builders articles, blogs, and podcast

  5. Online presentations on AWS-Twitch

  6. The list do not end here

Certification exam guides and details

Although obtaining an AWS certification can be a challenging process, the value is in the journey, not just the destination. The knowledge and skills you gain from studying for and passing the exams can be invaluable as you continue to learn and grow in your career.

Moreover, AWS certifications are widely recognized and respected in the industry, making them an impressive addition to your resume.

Today many companies are using AWS services, and an AWS certification demonstrates that you have obtain the skills and knowledge to work with these services effectively. However, keep in mind that real work experience is also necessary to become an expert using this technology.

In conclusion, if you're interested in cloud computing, pursuing an AWS certification can be an excellent way to start learning. While they're not a guarantee of immediate job offers or high salaries, they provide a solid foundation of knowledge and can help you stand out to potential employers.

Remember that hard work and dedication pay off in the end. Don't let negative opinions dissuade you from pursuing your dream.

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Troy Harris

Thank you for the insight with this article. I'm currently an upcoming senior in college for Computer Science Information Science, and just got my first full time position on campus as a Tier II Technician.

I've been curious about jumping into Cloud Computing and want to combine it with Cybersecurity; making me lean towards the AWS Security Specialty certification.

I've been told to start with the Cloud Practitioner cert, but reading this makes me more excited to get started.

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Augusto Valdivia

Thank you for sharing your thoughts, It's great to hear that you have landed your first full-time position as a Tier II Technician on campus. Your future career in combining Cloud Computing and Cybersecurity sounds super exciting. I wish you all the best.

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Connor Van Etten

While they're not a guarantee of immediate job offers or high salaries, they provide a solid foundation of knowledge and can help you stand out to potential employers.

This. Honestly I think people try and put too much weight on certifications on both sides of the spectrum. Either people are fully die hard thinking they are the golden ticket or people think they are useless. The answer I think lies more in this quote, its something the can help you stand out. As I am applying for jobs right I have gotten several remarks about my AWS certifications , and although they are not carrying me to employment they show that I have technical knowledge and work ethic. In interviews I'm a CS graduate with cloud training, instead of just a CS student.

To add to your list of resources, two in particular helped me in earning my AWS associate and AWS ML specialty certification.

disclaimer : ACG is a bit $$$

Thank you for your post, I feel it gave the right mindset to have when pursuing a certification through AWS.

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Augusto Valdivia

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the importance of certifications and how they can help you stand out to potential employers. I completely agree that certifications are not the only factor in getting a job offer or a high salary, but they can definitely demonstrate your technical skills and work ethic.

It's great to hear as well that your AWS certifications have received positive feedback from potential employers during your job search.

Thank you for also providing additional resources for those who are interested in pursuing AWS certifications.

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S. Ben Ali • Edited

Love the article. Thanks for putting the time and effort to put it together. Especially the ending note that is so true.

I didn't know about the twitch channel, I just followed them. Also, if possible in the future, I'd love to see an article about AWS code catalyst which is brand new. Learned about it in a recent AWS summit.

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Augusto Valdivia

Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to read the article. I'm really glad to hear that you found it informative and enjoyed the ending note. It's great to hear that you just followed the Twitch channel, I'm sure you'll find it interesting and engaging.

Thanks for suggesting AWS Code Catalyst as a potential topic for a future article. I'll definitely keep that in mind and do some research on it. If you have any other suggestions or feedback in the future, please don't hesitate to let me know.

Thanks again!