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Love your streams, Suz! I especially like how good you are at explaining things in a simple, accessible way, with a positive, open minded attitude.

I've been working in the games industry for almost 18 years now, and have in the past few years ended up on the backend/services teams of a couple of companies. I recently shipped a big product on Kubernetes/Go, and during my time working on that I found the burgeoning community of fantastic cloud/services/open source folk such as yourself. It's that supportive group of advocates and friendly Slack people that have really inspired me to potentially look at changing career paths. For someone with a lot of software/dev experience but with relative inexperience with a lot of the paradigms/best practices/conventions in this space, do you have any advice for things I could do so if I decided to make a change I'd be able to "talk shop" and potentially land a job? I'm reading Kubernetes Up and Running and Cloud Native Infrastructure, and lurking on streams and Slack channels, but are there other things I could be doing?

Thanks! Justin

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Hi Justin, thanks so much for the kind words!

It sounds like you're considering a switch from gaming software to cloud software? Just making sure I understand the question.

Kubernetes Up and Running and Cloud Native Infrastructure are both great resources to really dig into this field. What would help you is being able to take that last product you launched and write up what worked, what didn't, how Cloud Native improved your services and products, and what architectural changes you'd make for the next project. Compare this with case studies out there about Cloud Native (both conference talk videos and articles from major tech companies) to see if you're drawing similar conclusions.

Within the gaming space, are there any other projects you could apply the same skills to with regard to your last big product ship? You have a unique angle, as a lot of knowledge out there is focused on web, retail, and media; not necessarily gaming.

It sounds like you're on the right track! Keep it up and make sure you're converting the lessons you learn into 'shop talk' worthy case studies so you can communicate what you already know in technical interviews.