Thursday, May 24, 2012

A little taste of what my employer is like...

I wanted to share with our readership a little bit of what it is like at the company we uprooted from Iowa and moved to a state I never thought I would ever live in. Here is a news story a local station from San Antonio did on the company and its headquarters located there. The Rookie-O (Orientation) class that is featured is the one I was in. Yes three months after starting I finally got to get the full orientation.

If you don't see a video above here's a link to the news site with the same video. Is the best place to work in the world, in San Antonio?

Noted my office in Austin is not in a converted mall, but it is full of Racker spirit. I am still very excited to be a part of this company and helping it grow a portfolio of next generation internet products. In english, making the internet better my making it easier to do awesome things with it.

That being said, I was extremely lucky and found myself in the right place at the right time to join the current program to earn the top Red Hat Linux certification. I passed the fourth out of five extended Red Hat Linux certifications exams, and added RHCDS to the letter salad I can put on my resume, that's a Red Hat Certified Datacenter Specialist. And in just a week or so here I am in the class that goes over the materials for the fifth and final exam I need to pass to get my RHCA (Red Hat Certified Architect) certification. The test I believe is later in the month. When I pass that exam, I'll definitely be updating the blog, and going to celebrate in a major way. At that level of certification there are only a couple thousand in the world. Now that's not to say there aren't millions of people smart enough to get the certification, there are, I deal with people smarter than I am every day. But it's still impressive none the less.

After that exam I will have a little more free time as I am spending most of my time studying for that exam now so I can pass it. But I am hoping to go exploring different activities, afterward like take a beer brewing class as I have wanted to start doing that for some time now. We have a bee farm, beekeepery, whatever you call it pretty close, I would like to learn more about that and they offer tours and education. Also Archery, re-up my handgun safety (since shooting is a popular activity down here - at ranges, not at people), sushi making class at a local kitchen store. This plays into something that Rackspace made me do before my start date, was they made me take the Clifton Strengths Finder click the link for more info. And one of my strengths was Input, which basically means I crave input, I thrive on it and it helps me refine my own ideas. I like to learn lots of things, so that's what I am going to do, I've always enjoyed the process of learning and I am going to capitalize on that. That's all for now.

1 comment:

  1. I love StrengthsFinder 2.0! We have been doing that at work as well. We use it for our learning communities — we have the older students (the peer mentors) take the test so we can better arrange our work groups.

    My strengths are: Activator, command, competition, restorative, and significance.

    I'm glad you posted this video because I was going to try to find it to show my roommate who is in dire need of a job. He's got degrees in computer engineering and computer science, but hasn't been able to find any work.