Last week I did my VCDX-DCV defense at the VMware office in the UK. Although pretty nervous before and at the start of the defense, I kind of relaxed and had a pleasant time throughout the entire defense.
When the defense is over, they inform you that it could take up to 10 days before the results will be published. So you would think 10 days isn’t that long? Believe me, 10 days is a very long time to wait for the results of maybe one of the hardest things I have ever done in my career!
As the days kept going with still no results published and the current project I am working on has halted, I needed to find a way to keep me focused on something else.
What is the most natural thing to do.. More certifications! As the company I work for is a VMware partner, I thought it was time to complete some of the new VMware Technical Sales Professional (VTSP) accreditation’s. So, as of this week I also am a proud holder of the VMware Technical Sales Professional – VMware Cloud Foundation (VTSP-VCF) and VMware Technical Sales Professional – VMware Cloud on AWS (VTSP-VMC) accreditation’s.
Since I have done a couple of projects which involved the implementation of vRealize Operations, I wanted to validate these skills as well. And what is not a better way to do this then to achieve the VMware vRealize Operations 2017 Specialist certification.
Since the vRealize Operations 2017 Specialist exam does not take place at an exam center but is an online exam it gave me some flexibility in planning for the exam. After reading the blueprint and studying the items in the blueprint, I found myself confident enough to plan and perform the exam.
As this was my first online VMware exam I did not known what the expect but the experience was excellent. The exam itself uses the same format as the proctored exams at the exams centers which makes it easier to perform the exam since I already know the format. The biggest advantage for me was the use of my own computer and monitor. At the exam center I have used for the proctored exams, the monitors are still using a 4:3 ratio and are not very big. And the speed of the exams is at some times very slow. At home I’m using a 23″ monitor with a 16:10 ratio which makes the exam a bit more readable. Also the speed and responsiveness of the exam was good.
After clicking through all 60 multiple choice questions and reviewing some questions, I got the result I wanted. As of today I’m also a proud holder of the VMware vRealize Operations 2017 Specialist certification!
Taking time to focus on something else then the VCDX results is something you really should do before going absolutely crazy. For me taking time to achieve the above accreditation’s and certification was a natural thing to do but there is no single truth for everyone. Focus on things you love and like to do and waiting for the results will be a less stressful time.