A Pluralsight Campfire Tale

As one of the authors who has a course featured as one of the 36 Camp Pluralsight courses, I guess that makes me one of the camp counselors. And since it’s a camp, and this week’s challenge is sharing a story, it seems to me the perfect time for that age old camp tradition – telling stories by the campfire.

So gather up your blanket, grab your S’mores, and listen as I tell you about the terrible incident of the random cubicle, that happened RIGHT HERE AT CAMP.

It was shortly after he finished the course Careers in IT: How to Get Your First Job that he was assigned his first cubicle. He was thrilled to finally have his own stapler, and eagerly spent his first days connecting with his fellow employees using Practical Networking. He quickly became popular, well known for posting pictures of how his coworkers might look years from now using the skills he learned with Age Progression in Photoshop.

He may have lived out his career in happiness, had he not been injured one day during a Docker Deep Dive, shattering his little finger in the process. Swearing vengeance on the world for his painful Introduction to Virtualization, he became a developer.

It was then that workers became to quietly vanish, one by one. Developers who had built their skills taking C# Fundamentals with C# 5.0 were disposed of efficiently with IDisposable Best Practices for C# Developers. Even those who prepared to defend themselves with Tactical Design Patterns in .NET: Managing Responsibilities were quickly gulped into oblivion using JavaScript Build Automation with Gulp.js. Some tried to dodge his attacks using Agile Fundamentals, but they too fell parallel to the others into C# Concurrent Collections in the nearby graveyard.

Finally, nobody was left. Just an empty office, each cubicle silent, with dust building slowly on the desk and stapler within.

And you, here at camp, may think you’re safe sitting around the fire. But don’t be so sure. Not only is it dangerous to light a campfire in an office cubicle, but what you don’t know is that the killer, the one who caused everyone to vanish, started his path of mayhem in THIS VERY CUBICLE!


Run! Run! Your knowledge won’t help you now – it’s already become obsolete. Your only hope is to quickly take Learning Technology in the Information Age and maybe you’ll be able to find a different job in a different office for more money. At least until he, or someone like him, strikes again!

5 Responses to “A Pluralsight Campfire Tale”

  1. Mark Latham Says:

    Terrific Campfire Tale!! Thanks for the great story with all of the links – a terrific idea! CampPluralsight has been terrific! a great idea and a lot of fun.

    Keep it up!!


  2. Sri Says:

    Hi Dan, I took your Plural Sight course on career options on Salesforce. I am an experienced Enterprise Architect working on a private cloud that doesn’t use either AWS or Salesforce. I am planning to pursue opportunities either in AWS or SF. I am glad I came across your course in Pluralsight especially targeting the kind of information I was looking for. I would like to take few minutes of your time, if you don’t mind. I would like to know the path you would recommend for someone experienced like me but don’t have prior knowledge working in SF. I have nearly 19 years experience in IT, mostly in Java/J2EE related stack. But some of the concepts and technologies that SF uses like MVC model is technology agnostic. I am based in Washington DC. As you mentioned in your course I do see only moderate level of openings for SF consultants in Indeed (compared to AWS). How do you compare these 2 platforms as far as career potential is concerned? Seems to me barriers to entry is lower in case of SF. Appreciate your insight. Thank you very much! ~Sri

  3. Dan Says:

    Wow – that’s a tough one to answer. First, I’d encourage you to research opportunities where you are located. As I mention in the course, to get a sense of Salesforce opportunities you really need to find online resources and recruiters that specialize in the space. Be sure to also consider opportunities outside of your location – not that I’m suggesting you move, but there are many opportunities that allow for working remotely.
    I tend to agree with you that the barriers to entry for Salesforce is probably lower than AWS, however that’s only one factor to consider. There’s no denying the incredible career opportunities for those who can really handle AWS – both in terms of managing the ever increasing number of services, and understanding how to deal with scalability and security.
    Given my interpretation of your background – enterprise architect, presumably with a lot of network experience, primarily IT as compared to software application development, my gut feel is that if you can handle AWS (which seems likely), it will offer you the better path to leverage your current skill-set. I think it likely that AWS has the potential to be as secure/stable as Salesforce, if not more so in the long term. Check out my course on “The Future of Technology Careers” for a more in-depth look at how to evaluate these kinds of career choices.
    Great question!

  4. Sri Says:

    Thank you for the insight Dan. Appreciate it.

  5. Sri Says:

    Hi Dan, I am poking around SF related items and I am interested in learning how to integrate SalesForce applications with other third party services and Security/Single Sign On. I believe this will help me leverage my skills on those areas as well as help learn SF. I crawled Udemy, PluralSight and few more blogs but I am not finding the information to learn these areas. Any pointers are greatly appreciated! Thanks!! ~Sri

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