Skip to content

Welcome#


Warning

This course is in early beta right now. We're about 72% done with content. Please be patient with me :-)

Thank you for your interest the CloudOps Level One course.

I'll get straight to the point: this course is aimed at getting you to the level of a Junior CloudOps Engineer. It's the first part of a career into DevOps and becoming a DevOps Engineer. The course is also designed to give you direction and focus. You can stop trying to decide what technologies to study or what skills businesses/employers want - this is it.

I've been developing this course for months, pushing out thousands of words per day, so that you've got guidance on how-to break into an amazing industry and start earning some solid money, not to mention improve your work/life balance, your (mental) health and more.

This course focuses on teaching you several key skills to a junior level:

  1. Computer hardware
  2. Operating systems
  3. Networking
  4. Systems administration
  5. Web technologies
  6. Linux systems administration
  7. Amazon Web Services (AWS)

With these skills, you can start applying for junior positions in large organisations, Managed Services Providers (MSPs), and more. All of these skills are how I started out from a young age and they've served me well. I've also surveyed many professionals in the industry and they agree that these fundamental skills act as the foundation you need to kick start a career in IT.

Note

Of course I cannot promise you'll get a job. I can teach you the skills, you can do the projects, create the LinkedIn profile, write the CV and send out applications, but ultimately I cannot make any promises. The economy can be a cruel beast that simply won't yield you a job. I obviously have little control over this aspect of life.

If you take the time to process the contents of this course you will be in a great position to start looking for employment in the amazing field of IT.

Who is this course for?#

It's for people who are looking to develop a career in Information Technology (IT). It's for people who work in hospitality, the service industries, minimum wage jobs, and just generally the economic working class. Put another way, it's for people who hard, long hours for not a lot of money just like I did when I was young. The course is for those who want something better for themselves, their family and their future. This is a course for people who have had enough of minimum wage and they want a bigger slice of the economic pie.

This course is also for just about anyone who has an interest in IT. You can be lawyer, doctor, engineer, police officer, judge, or some other professional. It doesn't matter. If you have a desire to change your life, then the option is right here, in this very course.

Let me tell you where I'm coming from.

I was born into a working class family. I failed school, had two jobs by the time I was 16, and dropped out of secondary education. I lived on minimum wage for just over a decade, which is something I had grown accustomed too. It was the norm for me. I had debts I could barely pay and a crap apartment in an even crappier part of town. Here are the jobs I did until I went into full-time IT at 28 years old:

  • Reception at a gym
  • Outbound sales via an automated dailer
  • Inbound sales
  • Warehouse work packing boxes, doing logics, and packing trucks with tins of dog food
  • Driver's mate (driving around delivering stuff)
  • Call center work for O2 (Telefonica), Vodafone, and for an ISP

And probably some other, miniwage, crappy jobs my sub-conscience has suppressed.

Now I earn AUD$1,100/day (£611.82; USD$804.97; €729.5), own a home, a business and have $100k in the bank at any one time.

So this course is for people who want what I have - financial freedom and stability - and are willing to work for it.

Why did you write this?#

Getting into the field of IT can be daunting. It's a massive field with a lot to learn. There are many possible directions to go in and many different things to study. Even with a focus on DevOps the journey ahead is unknown and complex.

This course is designed to provide you direction and guidance on what to study and when. Without this focused approach you'll attempt to study too much, too fast and your knowledge will be fragmented and hard to apply to the real-world.

IT is a massive field. There are thousands of ways to solve problems and there are even more technologies to solve them. Due to this sheer complexity, this course gives the reader a hyper-focused, linear structure to follow. This structure is intended to keep the student focused on particular topics and technologies that will help them get jobs as well as teach them core, fundamental concepts they can use regardless of the technologies they need to work with.

Without this course your other options are tens of thousands of video courses, teaching you too much, with no project at the end, no way to contact the educator, no idea of where to go next let alone where to start, and just general confusion.

You need this course because it's offering you an 80/20 Principle approach to learning the core IT topics. This course says, "There is no confusion on where to start" and then tells you exactly where to start. It tells you when you're done with a topic and moves you onto the next topic. You walk away with multiple projects; a blog; a CV designed and written; a LinkedIn profile; interviewing tips; and more.

You walk away prepared and ready to get a job.

I'm also challenging the way we currently teach IT online: thousands of videos, one after the one, giving you so much detail on a topic that you'll likely never need, or use, in a real job. And that's if you don't get bored part way through and just quit, because that's what happens to me and I love this stuff.

Also, what the market offers today is just "OK" - it's "Meh... it'll do." That's not good enough for me, so I set out to change that and offer something better.

This course is all of that childhood learning compressed into a few pages of text, videos, projects, quizzes, and more. I spent 15 years learning this stuff before getting a job in IT, with no high school education and no University degree, and now you can do the same in months, not years.

What now?#

If you just want to jump straight in, then go straight at the Level One section. Otherwise, click "Next" (below) or press N to move to the next page (or P to go back!)