I’m a new member here on the forums, been following Lawrence Systems since I started with my homelab two years ago. I’ve found a lot of useful information on the Youtube page, it has been quite helpful in my journey. So, as I mentioned, I started homelabbing two or so years ago. I enrolled in college courses around that time, and am in my last class before I graduate in December. Sadly, most college courses have been virtual since the pandemic. I would say that I am mostly self-taught, and have been trying to learn as much as I can. I do know a good amount of knowledge, however, lately, I feel like I don’t know anything. I have great background knowledge of some of the material I learned in class, however, some things I have not had time to get hands-on with.
For example, I know subnetting, VLANs, and everything that goes along with that is super important to know. However, every time I come across them on my home network I get lost in the sauce. I always try to research or find some sort of help through communities. I just feel like I don’t know anything, and I will soon be looking to apply for jobs once I graduate. I think this could possibly be a confidence issue, but I don’t have any experience in the field, so I’m not 100% sure. When I first started, I wanted to teach myself Linux, then messed around with web servers, firewalls, etc. So, my journey has just been learning and finding something new and trying to learn that.
My question to everyone is…is this normal to feel lost in the sauce knowledge-wise? I see people like Tom, and many of my Professors, they just have this knowledge and understanding that I wish I had. I know I am more than capable of being as skilled and knowledgable as them, however, I find myself in this spot of frustration and second-guessing myself. I remember when I was an apprentice mechanic at a younger age, I had this mentor and learned so much from him. I feel that is how I learn the best, having someone show me these things, as well as putting some individual time like with my homelab. I love computers, networking, servers, etc. I just want to be good at what I do, and have a good career (financially, and fulfilling).
I would appreciate any advice/suggestions. I’ve always been willing to put the work in, I’m just not sure what I can do from this point on. Thanks for your time.