What skills are employers seeking in a cloud-ready candidate?
If you’re a student on the verge of launching your career — or a professional looking to switch paths — you’ll want to build a strong technical foundation and enhance soft skills that employers assess in interviews.
The breadth and depth of skills can be daunting. Here is a more granular view of foundational topics with suggested areas of focus depending on your interest and aptitude. Start from the bottom of the stack and build up your skills profile to match what employers are looking for.
There are many online resources to help ramp up on these foundational topics, but here are a few curated resources if you need an in-depth review. You can take advantage of hands-on labs on the Qwiklabs and Coursera platforms. Learn more on your own about core technologies such as Docker, Jenkins, SQL.
Operating Systems, Networking, and more
- Coursera: The Bits and Bytes of Computer Networking
- Coursera: Operating Systems and You: Becoming a Power User
- Coursera: System Administration and IT Infrastructure Services
Python Programming (the following are IT-focused; there are other more general Python programming courses online)
- Coursera: Crash Course on Python
- Coursera: Using Python to Interact with the Operating System
System Design and Troubleshooting
- YouTube: Prepare for Your Google Interview: Systems Design
- Coursera: Troubleshooting and Debugging Techniques
DevOps (including Docker, Jenkins):
- Qwiklabs: Kubernetes in Google Cloud
- Qwiklabs: DevOps Essentials
- YouTube: Kelsey Hightower’s Best Live Demo Yet (Cloud Next ‘18)
- YouTube: Continuous Delivery Best Practices with Jenkins and GKE
Data Analytics (including SQL):
- Qwiklabs: BigQuery Basics for Data Analysts
- Qwiklabs: Google Cloud Run Serverless Workshop
- Qwiklabs: OK Google: Build Interactive Apps with Google Assistant
Build expertise in Google Cloud
Educational institutions and faculty can apply for the Google Cloud career readiness program to incorporate Google Cloud training into curriculum or career placement programs.
Be sure to round out your soft skills as well. Employers are likely to assess your ability in areas such as project management, stakeholder management, and communication (written and verbal). By assessing your aptitude and areas of interest, then building your skills profile, you can become the ideal candidate that employers are looking for.