Iryna is a Database Developer in DMA Team, based in Poland, Gdansk. She joined AWS in November 2020.
HereAtAWS: Tell us about your career journey. What brought you to your current role at AWS?
Iryna: The start of my career journey was not related to IT at all. I graduated as an accountant and had worked in the accountancy field for around two years. After the first year, I had a feeling that it’s not my ideal career path and I decided to explore what I liked more and switched to a different field. I considered several options and frankly speaking, even then, programming was not on my list!
At that time my husband started to learn C programming and at some point I thought of trying it. I found C too complicated and decided to start from basics such as HTML. I got the coding bug, and for a year, in parallel with my regular work, I learned some HTML, PHP and SQL. I started applying for positions. I had several PHP interviews, but failed to receive any offer, but eventually I was successful in getting a Trainee position in Luxoft in Kyiv.
After two years working as a Developer, I changed jobs and moved and to Lublin in Poland. I spent around four to five years there and eventually became a Team Leader. This experience made me realise that what I really wanted was to improve and grow technically, rather than in people management. When I started to search potential projects I considered the Database Developer position in the Amazon DMA Team ,and several months later I started my wonderful and challenging career journey in this company!
HereAtAWS: Can you explain in simple terms: your role, who your customers are, and how you help them?
Iryna: My main responsibilities are to perform database migrations to AWS. I build processes and services related to customers’ workload assessments before a migration, and work with customers on different migration use cases such as PostgreSql/MySql RDS or PostgreSql/MySql Aurora.
HereAtAWS: What technical and/or soft skills do you need to succeed in your role?
Iryna: Expertise with several Databases like Oracle, PostgreSql etc. Java, sometimes knowing Python is a plus. AWS Services like EC2, S3, Lambda etc. Regarding soft skills, I would say the ability to communicate clearly, both with team members and customers.
HereAtAWS: How does your work with customers help to make a positive impact on society?
Iryna: Everybody use Databases nowadays: huge and small companies, public and private. If we help them migrate to AWS DBs, they can decrease their costs and if they do it they can spend more on more important things. Especially the companies from the public sector.
HereAtAWS: What’s the most exciting part of your job?
Iryna: Non-stop learning, new challenges on a daily basis, a never-ending opportunities to improve my skills.
HereAtAWS: What three words would you use to describe workdays at AWS?
Iryna: Creativity, Opportunity and Challenging.