Our Data Engineering Traineeship Inspired Kevin’s Career Switch
Hi there! I'm Kevin Bowey. Thanks to Aurai's October 2019 Data Engineering Traineeship, I am currently enjoying working as Lead Data Engineer. You might think to yourself: wow, starting a traineeship at 32? Hell yes! Many of my fellow trainees dove into the world of Big Data during or immediately after their studies. My path to machine learning, however, was a lot less straightforward – a ‘detour’ that gave me unique skills as a Data Engineer.
My Detour Towards Data
I discovered my passion for social communication mechanisms, and how these can be used to strengthen democratic processes, during the first year Philosophy and my bachelor’s degree in Political Science. I quickly realized the importance of programming, internet and software fluency in our digital age. I began to familiarize myself with programming languages and processes fresh out of university. Shortly after, I started developing web applications as a Backend Developer. I learned a lot about digital communication during these years, which was really cool.
A Career Switch Calling
When I wasn’t playing sports or hanging out with friends, my spare time was spent behind a computer. I like to stay up-to-date with the latest online articles, learn new tools, take professional courses and attend conferences to stay apprised of any new technological developments. Over the years, I became increasingly interested in the vast social networks connecting all of us – and the role data and machine learning play in this. Over time, this fascination became more than just a hobby. I had found my calling in the intriguing world of data technology, and I finally made the career switch.
Aurai’s Data Engineering Traineeship
After some research on LinkedIn, I found Aurai’s traineeships. I applied to become a Data Science trainee, but the introductory meeting with Vanity from Talent Acquisition taught me that this traineeship did not match my work experience or interests. The Data Engineering traineeship, on the other hand, turned out to be a perfect match. After an assessment and a few more interviews, I was hired and happily immersed myself in the exciting world of Data Engineering. I finally achieved my objective to work professionally with data and still do today.
The Next Logical Step
Looking back, I am not sure if I would have dared to make my career switch if I had not found this traineeship. Aurai gave me a push in the right direction at just the right time. Prior to the traineeship, I was worried I would be too far behind my fellow trainees. It soon became apparent that I wasn’t just able to keep up, but my years of working with web applications had actually given me a lot of great foundational experience with comparable technologies. The Data Engineering traineeship and the subsequent secondment is fascinating, the work is meaningful, and I thoroughly enjoy it.
Perfect for Professionals with Data-Driven Ambitions
I really like working at Aurai! I enjoy the cooperation with my colleagues; everyone is very approachable and thinks through problems together. The role of Data Engineers is still evolving and varies with each new company. Aurai’s traineeship teaches us to anticipate this: we explore the many issues and challenges Data Engineers encounter in a project. The traineeship also emphasizes where the Data Engineering and Data Science paths cross, and how to perform advanced analyses. I heartily recommend the Data Engineering traineeship to anyone who – just like me – dreams of a data-driven career.
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