I recently joined this group and already seeing a lot of value in such an independent and vibrant community of both learners and practitioners sharing their knowledge! In my intro post I had a few queries and I was directed here to get a more targeted audience who can help me.
I recently started doing courses in Qwiklabs and Coursera and did spend a fairly good amount of time. Professionally my work would tend to be more of designing and architecting but with fair share of high level coding too sometimes. My reason for learning GCP is to get a hold of skillsets required to do my job in a better way. I do not see an entry level, common certification for GCP, say like AWS Cloud Practitioner or Azure Fundamentals. So my shortlisted choices are Associate Cloud Engineer (ACE) or Professional Cloud Architect (PCA). I think I would spend few more weeks on handson to exhaust my Qwiklab credits I bought before I intend to take the exam. My question to this group is, do you see value in ACE certification or it is better to do PCA directly? Based on the limited research I made so far PCA seems to be more easily valued and for my role I think it would be suitable. I know people who take all possible certifications but I am not on a certification treasure hunt and lovely as it would be I would be paying the costs for all these myself. So, I have to be prudent on what I put my money on. So, if you have any advice on this aspect please share!
It would also be nice to know if there are people who went through the same dilemma and chose one over another. If so, do you regret your decision or would have done it differently in hindsight?
Thank you for your time! I very much appreciate you taking time to read through so far!