by Rafael Guimarães, 2013 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year
Since the day Red Hat asked me to write down some lines for this blog, I have been wondering what should I write about. At first, I though I should write about my future perspectives and which certifications I still wanna pursue, but then I realized that possibly no one would be interested on that. So, I decided to write a few lines about how I decided to share my story with Red Hat for the 2013 RHCP of the Year contest. Maybe that could make other RHCPs like me more excited to do the same.
Well, everything begun when I received an email from Red Hat advertising the 2013 RHCP of the Year contest. At first it seemed to me like one of these contests that I would have no chance at all. Why would someone choose my story over several others all over the world? Luckily I was on vacation, with a free agenda, and I decided to spend some time writing for the contest. Why not? Spending one hour on this wouldn’t hurt me. So I did it and, after sending my contribution, I totally forgot about the subject, after all, I had absolutely no chance.
However, some weeks later, while checking my email, there was one from Red Hat congratulating me for being selected as the RHCP of Year. What? Me? At that time I was happy and amazed at the same time. The first thing I did was calling my wife and telling her: “You won’t believe what has just happened!”. From that moment up to now I have nothing but good stuff to tell about how I have been treated by Red Hat (not that I was mistreated before, of course). First for their fantastic reception during the 2013 Summit and then for their promptness and cordiality for helping me whenever I needed.
The lesson I learned from that experience, and that I would really like to share with you, is that no matter how impossible it may seem to be chosen as the RHCP of Year, you should participate. Your story may be far more interest than you think it is! So, that’s my advice, share your story, be a part of it… In fact, I am also writing my own contribution for this year’s contest again. You never know what may happen!
SUBMIT YOUR STORY: Ready to tell us why you should be an RHCP of the Year?
Red Hat is now accepting submissions for the 2014 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year. The award recognizes a current Red Hat Certified Professionals who demonstrates ingenuity, hard work, and expertise.
All submissions require a brief summary (500 words or less) of how you have used your Red Hat Certified skills to enhance your IT environment, increase system performance, tighten system security, and deliver results for your organization. Extra points for creativity and innovation!
The winner will receive a free trip to the 2014 Red Hat Summit conference, including flight, conference pass, and hotel accommodation. The winner will also be recognized during the Innovation Hour at Summit.
Submissions are open through February 28, 2014.
Submit your entry today. redhat.com/summit/awards/rhcp
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