@littlebigfab, 37, from Nice, France. I first used Linux back in the late 90'. My cousin was already studying IT at the time, so he helped me set up my first Mandrake Linux distribution. When I finally got access to the internet, I stopped bothering him and I joined the open source community online instead. I immediately loved how helpful it was, and the idea of people sharing their knowledge and helping each other. From there, pursuing IT studies and a career in IT seemed pretty obvious.
Since then, I have been professionally working with Linux for 15+ years, mostly as a Systems Engineer. I have become a freelance consultant, providing Linux and Cloud expertise to my clients in the region of Nice.
A couple of years ago, I decided to go with Red Hat Training and Certifications, mostly to assess my skills with Linux and enrich my CV. I took a couple of classroom training sessions to learn OpenStack and Ansible, passing the corresponding certification exams in order to capitalize on the training and demonstrate my new skills.
Soon I became a Red Hat Certified Architect, the most prestigious and demanding Red Hat certification. That, in turn, unlocked the 50% discount for the Red Hat Learning Subscription, which I obviously took. Since then I've extensively been using it to increase my RHCA level to my current level of 6, with a couple of remaining exams to take.
My next scheduled exam is the RHEL 8 updated Red Hat Certified Specialist in Performance Tuning exam, which is well known to be the most difficult Red Hat certification exam of all. That would be so rewarding to pass it ! After that, I'd like to learn Puppet maybe, we'll see. My motivation for learning new things never ends!
I love the way the Red Hat Learning Community enables people to help each other! Not only can I give back what I have learned to the community and help new Linux users take their first steps into the open-source world, but I can also benefit myself from the great pieces of advice of even more senior users, including Red Hat employees themselves. It's actually funny how every time I first want to help someone, I actually end up learning something new for myself too!