Our methods are based upon helping you become the hiring manager’s dream candidate.
Since launching Go Cloud Careers, we have used the same system that I used twenty years ago to help aspiring technologists achieve their career dreams. Many have landed their first tech job. Even more have transitioned into technology from seemingly unrelated fields such as retail, education, and hospitality. Our mentees and clients work for some of the best companies in the tech industry including Cisco, Google, Amazon, Palo Alto Networks, and Fortinet. Others thrive in the technology teams of such leading companies as JP Morgan, Deloitte, KPMG, and more.
Most who follow and complete our entire program land their first tech job within six to eight months. However long it takes, we stay with our clients until they land a position. For us, success—our clients’ and ours— goes beyond landing one job. That’s why we call ourselves a career company. That’s why our mission is to provide the most elite tech career preparation to empower our clients around the world with life-changing career opportunities.
Our mission is to provide the most elite tech career preparation to empower our clients around the world with life-changing career opportunities.
About 25 years ago, I was a nurse practitioner, but I loved tech. So I decided to switch careers and did what everyone else does. I got certified. I took the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer course and passed the Microsoft Certified Professional exam and the MCSE exams. Then I asked a certification company what I needed to do, and they told me I needed a Cisco Certified Network Associate and a Cisco Certified Network Professional. So I did the CCNA on my own and then took a 10-day $11,000, Cisco Certified Network Professional bootcamp and I passed all those exams. Then I asked a different certification provider what I needed to get hired and they told me I needed a Cisco Certified Design Associate and a Cisco Certified Design Professional. Guess what, I did those two certifications, too. Now, I was 6x certified with three professional certifications and three associate certifications. I send out five resumes to get my first network engineer job and I got rejected, rejected, rejected, rejected, and rejected.
The thing is, employers don’t care about certifications, they care about something else. Since I was rejected by the first five employers, I knew continuing to do the same thing would yield the same results. I knew I needed to change my tactics. So, I spoke to 50 recruiters and gathered a list of all the things employers desired, both the technical and the non-technical things, and they all told me one thing – tech is not enough.
Now I knew what hiring managers considered the perfect employee, I filled in the gaps to become what hiring managers desired. I then went on my first interview. During this interview, I answered almost all the questions correctly, but then I was asked a question I didn’t know. The way that I answered this question is why I was hired.
Through all my research, there have been many lessons learned. These lessons have helped me get others their first tech job or get promoted in tech for more than two decades. And these are the lessons that we continue to use and improve upon today. Now, these initial lessons plus the last 20 years of research I’ve done have helped so many get their first tech job, and almost every day at this point. I have someone new that says Mike, I just got cloud hired!
Sincerely, Mike Gibbs MS, MBA, CCIE #7417, GCP-PCA, AWS-CSA
Mike is an expert on networking, cloud computing, and IT security. He is a sought-after speaker on emerging technologies and has presented to global organizations and key industry conferences throughout the world. Mike is a passionate educator and has spent years working to increase opportunities for individuals through mentorship, training, and the development of educational materials. He has worked in all aspects of technology, including network engineering, network architectures, cloud architectures, security architectures, sales, consulting, and marketing.
In 2021 Mike decided that he had seen enough out of what other "cloud training providers" were offering and decided to come out of retirement with the creation of Go Cloud Architects, now Go Cloud Careers. Mike is driven by the success of those that he works with, and his primary focus is to help others reach their dream careers.
When he isn't working, Mike enjoys spending time with his family and friends, practicing yoga, and playing with his cat.
Chris brings almost 15 years of operations and management experience to the Go Cloud Careers team. In an organization full of creative and visionary leaders it is important to have someone like Chris keep things on track.
While he may not have the technical competency of the rest of the team, he makes up for it with his leadership and organizational structure. Chris is passionate about helping others achieve their career goals and change their lives for the better.
When not working, Chris enjoys time with his family, reading, and traveling.
Elonzo is a 20-year award-winning marketing and content professional with an immense passion for cloud architecture and technology. He is driven by creating content toward helping cloud aspirants achieve their best life as cloud architects and engineers.
Elonzo has worked for various Fortune 500 companies throughout his career. He also takes pride in providing the best content and experience possible for the optimum engagement of all cloud aspirants. As the Chief Content and Experience Officer, his goals include providing world-class content and experience for all Go Cloud Career students, increasing the market share of Go Cloud Careers and helping continue to build a global community dedicated to sharing cloud knowledge.
Leo, husband and father, joins us from Brazil. With an extensive background in the communications field, he was responsible for planning, implementing, and modernizing cellular networks for nearly 20 years. Leo holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering.
Leo brings his expertise in many areas, love of cloud technologies, and passion for helping others reach their dreams; to Go Cloud Careers. He is a perfect fit for our organization.
When he is not working, he likes to spend his quality time with family and friends and enjoys playing tennis and squash.
Chau joined Go Cloud Careers in 2022, and brought a much-appreciated burst of energy. Chau was born and raised in Vietnam, and immigrated to the United States in 2015, now living in the Dallas, TX metro area.
Building strong relationships is the foundation of everything she does, both professionally and personally. She has an innate ability to make even the most mundane topics exciting and engaging. Outside of work, she loves to get together and cook good food with friends and family.
Benedict is a technology professional with 10 years’ experience in designing, building and securing networks. He has spent majority of his career working across the financial and telecommunications industry and has enjoyed every moment of it. He continues to learn and evolve with current technology trends and is at the moment working as a solutions architect.
He started out his career as a customer support engineer at an Internet Service Provider before going on to spend 5 years working as a Network engineer in a bank. The last 3 years have seen him working as a Network security administrator in a telecommunications organization and of course with Go cloud. His areas of expertise include routing, switching, VPN technologies, Network access control, multi-factor authentication, network monitoring, and network security policies and he shares this knowledge with the wonderful cloud engineers at Go cloud!
Al Ledgister is an accomplished business development professional with over two decades of experience leading B2B sales in client-facing roles. His success has come from his intuition, open-minded curiosity, and deep understanding of the hidden meanings behind complex business challenges.
Al brings enthusiasm to every project he works on and has helped many companies succeed by using business solutions that solve customer needs. Al has led high-caliber sales teams for Fortune 500 companies in multiple industries, such as financial services, telecommunications, logistics, and manufacturing operations, focusing on technology-based solutions. Most recently, he has served as a freelance Cloud Architect and trainer for Go Cloud Careers, where he helps businesses optimize their cloud services while offering training sessions to employees who need to be upskilled or coached regarding sales presentation best practices.
In addition to having a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology (IT), Al is pursuing an MBA in Technology Management. When he’s not studying, he spends his leisure time with his wife of 12 years and raising their twin girls in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA. Al loves to give back to his local community by volunteering at his favorite non-profit organizations. You’ll find Al mountain biking with his family in his downtime, reading epic fantasy novels, digital sculpting, or uncovering the latest technology trends and developments in the industry.
What makes Al unique is his passion for helping people succeed, which was one of the drivers behind his well-regarded reputation for leading high-profile engagements and inspiring team spirit wherever he goes. His empathetic nature allows him to create trusting relationships with customers, while his approachable charisma enables others to reach their full potential professionally and personally. To him, nothing is more rewarding than seeing those around him grow into their best selves.
Marla is a dynamic communicator who comes to us with over 25 years of sales and major account management experience with a Fortune 50 giant in the telecommunications industry. She has served as a Director of Corporate Communications and holds a B.A. in Marketing.
Renowned for her polished, professional style, she’s been tapped to cultivate some of her companies’ highest profile client relationships.
Marla absolutely enjoys teaching others how to harness the power of effective communication. She loves watching their confidence build as they establish credibility and differentiate their personal brands in a crowded professional environment.
When not helping others develop their voices, Marla seeks adventure, camera in hand, at museums, music & theater venues, and architectural wonders around the world.
Dr. Cooper Johnson is an Associate Professor of Management at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi. He has taught for over 40 years and seeks to instill through his lectures the values of professionalism, relationships, and communication. His research interests include business management, human resource management, and organizational behavior. Dr. Johnson is a devoted service member of business communities through his work as a workforce trainer and consultant.
Dr. Johnson’s realistic approach to sharing real-world applications of soft skills, such as communication, decision-making, motivation, and leadership, is appreciated by his students, trainees, and participants, as he is both direct and honest. His creative lecture style provides attendees with confidence that he shares not just the positive, feel-good aspects of business practices, but also the realistic, rougher edges that require fortitude, creativity, and an open mind to reach challenging goals and overcome presented obstacles.
Dr. Jamye Long, Associate Professor of Management at The University of Tennessee at Martin, holds her Ph.D. in International Development from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has an extensive teaching history in the field of management. Dr. Long is an avid scholar and her interest lies in a variety of fields, including human resource management, business management, international management, and application business practices in a variety of industries. Furthermore, she consults with businesses to provide their workforces with training and skills useful in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of organizational processes.
Dr. Long merges theories with real-world applications in her classes, training, seminars, workshops, and consulting. She believes that to best educate and prepare participants for success, the material is most relative when presented in a way that demonstrates the reality of business practices. Addressing issues head-on provides attendees with a strong set of skills useful in their careers, and personal lives, and sets them up for success. Her communication style is conversational, open, welcoming, and enriching.
Originally from Delta State, Nigeria in West Africa, Collins currently resides in the Houston, Texas metro area. Collins holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and has previously worked as a security analyst at the U.S. Consulate in Nigeria.
In his role with Go Cloud Careers he focuses on cloud security; in addition to guiding students on their desired cloud career path. He loves every aspect of the Go Cloud Careers community and in particular the live instruction and YouTube content.
When not working, Collins loves soccer, reading, traveling, and cooking African meals.
Tyrone joins the Go Cloud Careers team from South Africa and brings a wealth of experience from his years in retail and sales. As part of the organization he is responsible for cloud security, and guiding students on the cloud career journey.
Always willing to help those who need it, Tyrone is not only passionate about the possibilities that cloud computing brings to the world but also passionate about helping others reach their goals.
Outside of work, he enjoys playing golf, swimming, and entertaining others as a DJ.
From Buea-Cameroon in Central Africa, Oforka holds a Master's degree in Economics and Management. His ambition, generosity, thoughtfulness, and strong religious believes guide him in all aspects of life.
Oforka enjoys sharing his knowledge with others and is passionate about teaching. His favorite part of cloud computing is networking. More than anything his favorite aspect of Go Cloud Careers is the mission and vision of the company and our CEO.
When not working, Oforka enjoys studying, running, or playing football.
Ebenezer joins Go Cloud Careers with over twenty years of experience across diverse industries. As a cloud architect, he specializes in designing business solutions focusing on the network and security. Through his extensive career he has helped many companies grow through digital transformation and strategic planning.
His favorite part of Go Cloud Careers is the family spirit and the amount of varied experience that the community members hold. He enjoys mentoring others on the cloud technologies and helping them along their cloud career journy.
When not working, Ebenezer enjoys music, singing, exercising, and research.
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