How did I change from working for a small company in south Brazil to work with an innovation team at AWS

Do you know that feeling of just waiting the time to pass? Waiting for the weekend. Waiting for the next vacations. Waiting for I don’t know what. It was mid 2019 and I realised:

The frustration

What I really wanted

The plan was there: I want to leave the country and live somewhere I feel safe to walk at night on the streets. Somewhere I don't have to mind whether I forgot the car open or even my house open. Somewhere I'm not jailed. The destination? I still don't know. But the focus I do.

Starting to study

I started to study on that same September. Quickly the pandemic came, and it in fact helped me. Living by myself with only my dog, with nothing else to do, I studied every single day (from Sunday to Sunday) with the spare time I had. It was at least 2h a day during the week and at least 6h more every Saturday/Sunday or holiday. Applying concepts I had only heard about in the software architecture world helped me develop Architecture and DevOps skills that are well valued in the market. I did invest on an AWS account and also a Pluralsight subscription. My previous manager experience helped me keep extremely focused on what I wanted to achieve and the path to reach that.

My self-organising board summarised

Conclusions

This thought still has no ending. I'm still living in Brazil (in a much better city than I was before), but it's still Brazil's selfishness and violence that make me want to go even farther. I'm as close as I've never been to achieve this dream and this article is meant to be an inspiration for a career change or just personal life change if you're feeling stuck like I was. Keep focused and all the effort pays off.

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