Not that I don’t have enough on my plate what with a baby daughter to absorb my attention and pitching in with Management’s homework I’m feeling a little, mmm, unfocused. The beauty of grad school was that my life was regimented, organized, scheduled, and I felt that with each paper, project, and exam I was accomplishing something with my personal and professional life. It was exhausting but felt so rewarding.
Here I am some three years after graduation still not using that MBA in Technology Management musing about maybe getting some certifications. I had thought about going for a PMI certification but never really chased it down because the scope of my job changed and I wasn’t sure that I wanted to get back into a field of work were the job was 24-7 and so stressful that you feel your food is resting in your throat after eating. Before I jumped into Linux full-time outside my job I had mused about getting my MCSE but seeing as how that is my day job I prefer that my employer pick up that tab, especially since I have no use for it outside their four-walls. So where does that leave me? LPIC.
What’s the point? Not really sure other than I want to broaden my skill set and since I have no professional experience setting up and administering Linux based systems (no, this website and my home network don’t count) certification seems to be the only viable means for getting it on my resume. I remember several years ago, the summer before I wrapped up grad school, I got a call from a recruiter at one of the local health-care companies and they were searching for candidates that possessed an incredibly diverse skill set: Project Management, Web Development, MS System Administration, and Linux System Administration. I had the first three but was struck off the list because I lacked the skills in Linux. That stung because it looked like a great job, one with a solid salary, room for growth, and flexible hours but because I spent so much time focusing on MS technologies I missed the opportunity.
LPIC seems to be a solid path to getting my foot through the door, especially since I feel like I am at a decided disadvantage for both not being a CS major in undergrad and for working in a pure MS shop. There is only so much I can accomplish at home with my meager hardware resources and self-imposed task lists and without any means to scrounge up side work performing Linux sysadmin work and the local users group is, well, near lifeless (yeah, I know, “STFU and get involved!”) so self-study seems to be the only option here. So here’s what I using and thinking about buying to help me out:
Beyond those handful of resources, searching the Internet for answers, and building and breaking personal networks at home I’m fresh out of methods to gain knowledge and experience. Suggestions?
Granted these plans could go to hell as my daughter gets a little more active and I become further absorbed with her discovery of the world. Though, you can be certain *nix and OSS will be at the head of her computing education!