I don't have any hands-on experience. Where can I gain real-world experience to prove myself in the job market?
When ITPRO.TV having AWS Virtual Labs?
We currently do not have Virtual Labs for AWS (and I am the wrong person to ask if and when that would happen). However, if you are looking to poke around in AWS, then you can get a Free Tier account that will allow you to interact with the basic AWS services such as EC2, S3, RDS, DynamoDB, etc. I recommend doing just that. I show you how to set up a Free Tier account in the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner course.
If you are looking to prove yourself in the job market, then my best advice is to use AWS to solve a small problem that you have (so that you do not spend a great deal of $$$, if any at all).
Some examples of this are as follows:
- Get a weather report emailed to your once a day.
- Deploy a static web site (maybe your blog) using S3.
- Automate the two above using CloudFormation so that you can do that reproducibly.
- Create and manage users and groups for console and CLI access to get used to IAM with AWS.
Now these are just to get started, but your imagination can run wild (make sure that it doesn't run off with your wallet). After playing around a little bit, then use the billing dashboard and CloudWatch to analyze your spending to cement some experience.
Lastly, do not forget to set up billing alarms for your account to make sure that you do not accidentally leave something running and the sort. Hopefully this was helpful. If you have any further questions, then come on back.