Broadus Palmer flung himself into a high-paying career in cloud computing without a college degree and says anyone can do the same.
His path to tech was a long and windy one which began in earnest by his expensive sneaker collecting hobby. He was using “sneaker bots” to help him buy and sell sneakers on the internet when he decided to learn more about how the bots worked.
That led him to spend nearly a year self-studying a number of cloud certifications.
He was turned down for all the jobs he applied to until a hiring manager grew enamored by his passion and created a job for him.
Palmer now makes his living teaching people cloud technologies for Cloud Guru and runs his own tech career-coaching company called Level Up With Broadus.
Palmer says that despite COVID-19 unemployment rates and civil unrest, now is actually the perfect time to start a new career in cloud computing.
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The defining moment in Broadus Palmer’s life came during his first job after high school when a Good Morning America crew showed up at his workplace.
He was a teller for a quick-loan company and a woman was on camera with GMA telling the nation how such loans exploited her. He quit that job immediately and went to work for a regular bank, realizing on that day that he wanted a career of helping people, not inadvertently hurting them.
It would take another decade and a half for Palmer to really fulfill that mission, finding his way to a tech career after a decade spent working in more conventional retail banks. Married with a young family, the pay of a banker just wasn’t enough. Retail banking jobs, even at the senior staff level, tend to top out at less than $50,000 a year, according to Glassdoor.
“I wanted a challenging career and to be better paid. I wanted financial stability. I always wanted to get into tech but didn’t know what I wanted to do in tech. I was talking to friends, peers and all telling me 1,000 different ways: do this or do that. It was not helping me,” he told Business Insider.
And there were other obstacles. Palmer liked computers and all things gadgets but had no idea how they operated. And he was an adult without a college degree. The leap into high-paying tech jobs seemed out of reach.
But it wasn’t. His future was found at his feet.
From sneakers to sneaker bots
“I’m a sneaker collector,” he says but admits it’s a costly hobby. He was paying for the shoes, and earning side cash, by turning his passion into a side hustle, buying and selling sneakers over the internet.
In an effort to get the best prices, he did what lots of so-called “sneakerheads” do. He hired a “sneaker bot” service. These computer programs watch all the sneaker auction sites to buy and sell athletic shoes at the best prices. They work faster than manually bidding.
One day it occured to him that …read more
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