Do you work with Red Hat based operating systems? When you go to a car show, and people talk about RPMs, do you get discouraged when you realize that they’re not talking about Linux? Are you inordinately fascinated by gaudy headwear? Do you want to make more money? Sure! We all do!
Certifications, love them or hate them, do have a tendency to help you earn more money and get noticed for positions. Sure, inside connections, professional network relationships, and public community projects are awesome and arguably better resources for ensuring employment opportunities, but having a few respected letters after your name won’t hurt matters any.
If you answered yes to any of the questions in the first paragraph, then consider the goal that I’m about to set forth. I’m gathering some names together to start a simple Red Hat certification study buddy group. Nothing crazy and nothing terribly structured. It’s just a place to publicly state your intentions, and then each person involved will have some names and faces to help get motivated.
Here are the Rules:
There are no rules.
Here is the (Loose) Plan:
First, pick your goal and put your name on it in the comments below. RHCSA? RHCE? A certificate of expertise or two (or three)? The RHCA?! Just name it.
Second, set the goal to pass whatever exam(s) you have in mind by Dec 31, 2012. You want to start 2013 with a shiny new piece of paper to be proud of, and hopefully some leverage for a better job or more money in your current job. Or maybe you just want the certification for your own personal development and satisfaction. Whatever your reasons, plan to make Dec 31 your do-or-die date.
Third, pick your study material. You could simply check out the official RHCSA exam objectives, or the RHCE objectives, or the objectives of the certificates of expertise that you’re interested in most. You could also pick up a book. I recommend the book RHCSA/RHCE Red Hat Linux Certification Study Guide (Exams EX200 & EX300), 6th Edition for those interested in the RHCSA/RHCE certs. Because the book mashes up the two certifications into one text, it is a bit confusing to follow at times, but I’ve perused it casually and it’s generally understandable if you focus. There are also several video courses out there as well as in-person classroom training. What you choose to use is of no consequence.
Fourth, buckle down, make some time, and get learnin’.
Fifth, we’ll all keep in touch, even if just loosely. How? I don’t know. Primarily, my plan is to make a loose reading schedule from the McGraw Hill RHCSA/RHCE book that I listed above. I’ll post updates every week or so and we’ll just fan out into a fairly unstructured body of people with the same goals in mind. Stay active in the blog comments. If things get too chatty, I can always spin up some kind of simple community site or we can shift over to the SysAdmin Network for more forum-style interaction.
Name It and Claim It
Hi my name is Wesley and I am going to work towards getting my RHCSA certification before 2013. I’ve been working pretty consistently with RPM based distributions for about a year and a half now, and it’s time to get lettered.
How about you? What Red Hat cert do you think could help out your professional life? Make your bold claim to a Red Hat certification in the comments below. I’ll make a follow up post listing those who have stated their intentions.
Share this post around! Let’s get some people motivated to end 2012 with some hard earned paper and start 2013 with, hopefully, some more money and better options for the future.