Hello, fellow AWS Newbies! My name is Hiroko Nishimura, and I am the founder of AWS Newbies.

I am a Systems Administrator at start up in NYC with a Master’s Degree in Special Education, I have recently found that skills I obtained in the process of becoming a teacher have proven to be extremely versatile in very unexpected ways.

Since beginning AWS Newbies, I have also began working as an AWS Course Instructor for LinkedIn Learning/Lynda.com!

Why AWS Newbies?

The idea for creating a resource website for learning about Cloud Computing and studying for the various Amazon Web Services Certification Exams came from my own experiences.

In early 2018, I decided that I wanted to move away from Technical Support and transition towards becoming a Cloud Engineer.

Coming from a background in Education and transitioning into Tech, I was not new to the concept of self-teaching myself towards a career. How hard could learning about a Cloud-Based System be? After all, wasn’t I a master of WordPress, Facebook and Twitter?

Oh, was I wrong!

How do I learn if I can’t understand the words?

As a complete beginner in Cloud Computing, I had absolutely no idea where to turn.

When I decided that I wanted to explore obtaining the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification as my first step, I thought there must be clear guide maps to help me along.

There wasn’t.

Most resources I could find were geared towards people with far deeper technical backgrounds than I possessed. And the technical jargons and complex explanations only served to confuse and overwhelm me further.

I began poking around and studying in June, going through a few video courses for the basics of AWS and Certified Cloud Practitioner exam prep.

Unfortunately, after 2 months of watching videos and taking notes, I felt no closer to understanding the complex matrix of AWS than when I first began.

And most definitely not ready to take the certification exam.

But on a whim, and because I had a due date for the certification I’d set with my director months before, I signed up for the exam for 2 weeks out.  Now I had a hard limit that I had to learn this content by!

If it doesn’t exist… Make it yourself!

My next thought was, “What if I made the resources I wanted myself?

That was how AWS Newbies was brought into existence.  I had 2 weeks to prepare, so I had to create the resource I was looking for within that time frame.

My approach was simple: Deconstruct the technical jargon for Certified Cloud Practitioner exam content into concepts that even complete newbies can understand.

Through my initial 1.5 weeks of intensive content creation, and the weeks beyond it, I’ve come to learn that Technical Writing is something I enjoy and excel at.

So how did I do?

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In beginning of September, 2018, 2 weeks after I signed up for the exam and began AWS Newbies, I took my Certified Cloud Practitioner Exam with score of 908/1000. I’d passed with flying colors!

Since then, I’ve been working on building out resources and studying for the Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Exam, and I plan on taking it Q1 2019.

  • AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Exam: Passed 9/9/2018 (908/1000)
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Exam: Not Scheduled (Q1 2019)

Get Started!

Are you interested in getting started with learning about Cloud Computing and/or AWS, but not sure where to start? I recommend starting with our FREE Newsletter Course, and taking a peek at the comprehensive introductory eBook!

Once you’re through with those, there are obviously plenty of resources back on this website.

Where to find me?

You can find me in many places on the web.