LOPSA Recognized Professional Program

ONce4itI was recently recognized by the LOPSA Professional Program (LPR). This is the inaugural class. You can read up on it here LOPSA.org/LPR but the TL;DR of it is: the LPR aims to benefit both IT Professionals and Employers by creating a way to recognize those who strive to make Systems Administration a Profession and not just a $job.

 

What it takes:

  1. Worked as a SysAdmin
  2. Abide by the Systems Administrators’ Code of Ethics¬†
  3. Be a member of the League of Professional Administrators (LOPSA)
  4. Met the educational requirements.

For #4, last year I attend training at LOPSA-East, took An Introduction to Operations Management MOOC on Coursera, and read books focusing on Systems Administration.

Why did I apply? I love my profession. I didn’t know what I was looking for when I was applying for jobs my senior year at the Fu Foundation School for Engineering and Applied Sciences. With a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science I could have been a developer, I could have gone on to graduate work, but when I discovered that people pay you to do what I had been doing for free, I knew systems administration was my calling.

Since then I have learned everything I could. I have been mentored by some smart and great people. I have branched out and tried out new forms of learning (MOOCs, certifications, study groups). I started a LOPSA Local Chapter and eventually was elected as a Director of LOPSA.