1.3 Splunk and Your Career

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1 hour 59 minutes
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Beginner
CEU/CPE
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>> Hi, I'm Natasha and
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welcome back to an introduction to Splunk.
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Today we're going to be talking about what
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studying Splunk can mean for your career.
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In this video, we're going to start off looking at
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some potential jobs and salary ranges.
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Give you some points you could put on
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your resume just from doing the activities in
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this course alone and discuss certification path.
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Whenever I'm trying to decide whether or not
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to pursue a new skill set or certification,
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one of the things I like to do,
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is search for other people who've
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already done it and see where they're at.
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This can be a great reality check.
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For example, if you see a bunch of people who have
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that certification and not a whole lot of
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experience with your dream job title,
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you can estimate that that's
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a great direction for you to
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go and you can plan accordingly.
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On the other hand, if you find that
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most people who have that skill set have
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years of experience or jobs in totally unrelated fields
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that can help you understand the steps you
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need to get to where you want in the real-world.
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Here I've got a search for
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just the first Splunk certification,
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Splunk certified user.
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What you'll find with
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this certification is that most people
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have other certifications and
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experience in addition to this.
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For those who have gone on to be
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Splunk architects and admins,
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they've typically gone further in
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the Splunk certification path and have
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some experience in other technical fields.
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You also find a lot of individuals with
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this certification and other specialties
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such as cyber security,
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networking, management, etc.
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They didn't get those jobs from the certification alone,
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but it likely give them a boost in their existing career.
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Another thing I like to do is search job boards.
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If you come across a few popular ones,
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you'll find thousands of
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jobs that come up with the word Splunk.
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Some of these Splunk specific jobs such as
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a Splunk analyst or Splunk developer.
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Others maybe security engineer
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positions, business analyst position,
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or even project managers or directors,
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you can see a few different ones of them here.
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According to indeed.com,
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the average salary for someone who's
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certified as a Splunk admin ranges
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from $66,000-$149,000 per year.
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Part of that variation has to do with
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what job you end up with.
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A systems administrator title tends to
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pay a bit less than an enterprise architect,
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but there's a lot of variation and
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opportunity in many different areas.
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If you want to work for Splunk directly,
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it's one of the highest paying companies in
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the US with an average employee salary,
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including salespeople, technical writers,
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and other positions of $126,000 per year.
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That's about €110,000, 35.5 bitcoins,
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and 14 million or so Nepalese rupees by today's rates.
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Even if you go a different direction with your career,
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Splunk makes an excellent resume item.
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It proves you're capable of
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high level critical thinking
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and have technical experience.
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If you do all the activities in this course,
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you'll be able to put some things
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like the following on your resume.
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You'd say you've installed and maintained
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a small Splunk enterprise environment.
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You've created alerts,
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dashboards and reports from Splunk data,
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and you've on boarded new data sources
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for a Splunk environment.
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These are great pieces to put down that show
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that you know how to do hands-on activities with Splunk.
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Splunk has its own certification,
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something I highly recommend doing if you enjoyed
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this course is taking Splunk's free Fundamentals 1 class.
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It's longer than this course and gets
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into some of the more nitty-gritty details,
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and also enables you to test, to get certified.
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Currently at no cost as a Splunk course certified user.
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Just a note on that,
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when I tried to sign up with a Gmail account,
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I was able to complete the course,
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but not the exam.
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I received an email asking that I update my account to
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my business email in order to
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take the certification exam.
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You do have to take the course
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in order to take the exam,
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and you'll find that that's the case as
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you move along the Splunk certification routes.
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After the free Splunk Fundamentals 1 course,
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things get a little bit pricey.
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Most of the courses are several thousands of dollars.
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In my opinion, you'd be best
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off not paying for those and leveraging
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practical experience in order
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to get a job or your company will pay for it.
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Often companies can work in training vouchers
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with their renewal or purchasing of Splunk products.
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Unfortunately, in this coursework is
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required for further certification.
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The course is built on each other and you have to take
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one of several new courses for each certification.
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The good thing about all this,
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is that a lot of companies don't have set
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expectations for Splunk certifications
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before hiring people.
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Just because it's not as well known
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as some other popular certifications.
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For the common path,
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you get certified as
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a Splunk core certified user for free,
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and then you'd move on to become a certified power-user.
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It requires that you've already
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completed the coursework in exam for the first one,
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and then you take Splunk fundamentals 2,
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you can take this online,
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but there are fees involved with that.
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After that, a lot of people
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will go on to become a Splunk enterprise certified admin,
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which again requires
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all the previous courses and certifications.
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Then in addition to that,
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it requires you take
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Splunk enterprise systems administration course
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as Splunk Enterprise Data Administration course
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and the exam for that.
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This is the level you
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probably want to get to if you're looking to
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specifically work with Splunk as your main job.
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After that, there's a few different routes
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that people will go.
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Some people will go on to
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more advanced level and become a certified architect.
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Some we'll go into more specialty areas such as
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a certified developer or get
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certified to specifically for enterprise security or
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Splunk IT service intelligence.
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That's up to what you're
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interested in and where you think you want
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to go with that in addition
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to what your company might have in its environment.
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Now we're to review time, true or false?
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You can get certified for free as
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a Splunk core certified user. The answer is true.
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You can sign up on splunk.com,
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they have a training section on their website.
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I would register there complete
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the course and then put in a request for the exam.
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This is a great piece to add to
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your resume just to show that you
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have officially recognized level
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of capabilities with Splunk.
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In summary, today we learned that
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there are many different job possibilities.
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Splunk can be added as
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a bonus to your existing skill set,
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or it can become a career in itself.
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Certification paths exist,
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but there are costs involved with each of these.
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You don't necessarily have
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to become certified in order to get jobs,
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if this is something that you're really interested in,
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but it is worth looking at and considering.
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I showed at the beginning of this video,
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if you've got a job you that you're shooting for,
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maybe look at what the typical requirements are for that.
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I think you'll be surprised to
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find that how often it doesn't
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specifically list out that you're certified.
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Thanks for watching, next up,
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we're onto Module 2.
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