Hamad is an Associate Consultant based in Bahrain. He joined AWS in August 2018.
HereatAWS: Can you explain in simple terms: your role, who your customers are, and how you help them?
Hamad: I work as a Consultant as part of the Professional Services team. We leverage our experience in helping our public sector customers like governments and educational institutions to adopt the cloud, including migration and innovation projects.
HereatAWS: Tell us about your career journey. What brought you to your current role at AWS?
Hamad: Ever since I was young, I had a passion for technology and the curiosity to explore and learn new things. I tried things like video editing and special effects, 3D modelling and animation, and finally got into the world of web and mobile application development.
During university, I had an idea for a grocery shopping application and joined a start-up weekend hackathon where I had to form a team and prove the concept. Though I didn’t win the competition, I was offered to join another start-up that was planning to create an online fish marketplace, where customers can buy fish online and get it delivered to them. I joined a team of three and acted as the CTO for 2.5 years, building all the technology and backend on AWS. That’s where I got my first experience and interaction with AWS technology.
Closer to graduation, I connected on LinkedIn with an AWS recruiter, who presented me with a role that sounded very intriguing. I have always been both an ideas person, and an actions person, so I have spent my whole life turning ideas into reality. In that respect I have found my ideal fit at AWS, where there is such a culture of creativity and bias for action.
HereatAWS: What technical and/or soft skills do you need to succeed in your role?
Hamad: To succeed in this role, one would need to have great time management skills, willingness to constantly learn and develop, as well as effective communication skills.
HereatAWS: Have you had to learn any specific new skills for your role?
Hamad: Yes, I had to up-skill my project and people management skills, in addition to continuously increasing my knowledge in AWS by earning certifications and gaining hands-on experience to better serve customers as a knowledgeable advisor and expert.
HereatAWS: How does your work with customers help to make a positive impact on society?
Hamad: Getting to work with the public sector means that we can positively influence technology decisions and enhancements that affect millions of people through the citizen services that are being provided by those government agencies. Cloud technology helps them increase their agility to introduce new innovative services, all while focusing on security, availability, and optimising for cost.
HereatAWS: At work, are you involved in any activities outside of your role?
Hamad: I co-founded and support the AWS Bahrain User Group (AWS BUG!) from the AWS side, witha leader from the community. We had several meetups across different topics in order to help build their cloud skills. I have also organized an hour of code event last December where fellow Amazonians and myself volunteered to teach kids how to code!
HereatAWS: What’s the most exciting part of your job?
Hamad: The different types of projects we get involved in where we get to grow as individuals while also helping the customer make the right decisions. I also enjoy how I am empowered to make my own decisions, and appreciated for what I bring to the table, be it with customers or my team.
HereatAWS: What advice would you give people joining AWS?
Hamad: Take things at your own pace, and be prepared to learn and grow.
HereatAWS: What three words would you use to describe workdays at AWS?
Hamad: Challenging, Flexible, Empowering.
HereatAWS: Is there anything else you would like to add about your personal journey?
Hamad: Even though I graduated from a local university, I took a lot of online courses from Harvard, MIT, and Stanford, to gain world class knowledge. I continuously looked for ways to improve and make things easier using technology. I believe that having built many things and side projects over the years and the amount of time I have invested in up-skilling myself beyond formal education, has paid off in me being able to join AWS. You don’t always have to have the most traditional career path. As long as you are curious and determined, entrepreneurs and ideas people are welcome here!