Tag: certification

Gap in the market for Recruitment Agencies

I think there’s a gap in the market which recruitment agents could potentially exploit. It’s been many years since I stopped contracting. Now back on the market little has changed in my communication with them.

Lots of roles, lots of JDs, lots on interest. The gap exists between what the JD says and what your CV/experience says. I really think Recruitment Agencies should start an element of providing Skills Training. No not for new up & coming agents to teach them sales techniques, pipeline management etc. No, I think they should offer courses in real world IT skills, if anyone knows where the real skills shortage is it’s recruitment agencies.

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I don’t think they should offer courses to regurgitate facts so you can simply ace the certification exam. What is really needed is a course that blends learning the facts  with gaining the experience – the ‘doing’ (doing it right, wrong, troubleshooting to turn the wrong into right). Short courses for contractor in-between contracts, longer for those in them.

With IaaS, SaaS and DaaS offerings from AWS, Azure and prices going down there’s no longer a need to provide a big cash drop for datacenter setup for this. Recoup the billing costs (which won’t be massive) by having agreement to be preferred agency used by contractor or similar.

In fact you could get the initial design, deployment and configuration for future re-use of such a ‘lab’ environment completed by the first set of people you train. Those doing can produce the training based on their experience in building the thing.

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AWS Solution Architect Associate Exam – update due (in 2018?)

I recieved an email from AWS today inviting me to sit a new Beta exam for the AWS Solution Architect Associate certification.

Due to the rapidly evolving nature of cloud based services the current exam tests knowledge that was valid and correct a number of years ago, and is not necessarily correct in AWS today. A great example is ‘How long does it take to retrieve data from Glacier storage?’ – the answer expected in the current exam is 3-5 hours.

The answer in 2017 would be: Is your glacier retrieval request standard (3-5 hours), bulk (5-12 hours) or expedited (1-5 minutes, yes minutes!!!)

So an update is due to the exam soon, which is a good thing. The email states “new exam featuring questions that reflect new and updated AWS features, services, and best practices”.

However I suspect the new exam is due early 2018 – as the email states that any exam results for those who sit this new beta would be available in 3 months!!!

Good luck for those studying. You can access my old Associate level notes in my AWS bucket here – which I did update in January 2017 as I was preparing for my Professional Exam.

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