I'm looking to take the AWS Solution Architect Associate exam soon. I've been searching online for places where I can actually take a simulated practice project of say cloud migration or something similar, where one can at least have some simulated experience of an AWS project. So that when I go for a job interview, or even prior to that - when employers see my resume, they don't just see all I've done is studied for the certificate, done a few practice hands-on labs and that's it, when most jobs are asking for at least 2 years experience. It's that chicken and egg situation - experience is needed to get a job which gets you the experience. I couldn't really find anything that offers this online, or maybe I wasn't searching with the right keywords. The answer to this question probably is obvious, but I'm new to this domain. I come from a software dev background and at least with software dev you can participate in many open source projects or do your own projects and push them to your Github repo as a portfolio. But is there anything similar you can do for the AWS SA domain to be able to show as a portoflio or evidence of experience prior to applying for your first AWS job?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.