Patricia is a Front-End Engineer working in the Amazon Identity team at AWS in Berlin.
HereatAWS: Tell us about your career journey. What brought you to your current role at AWS?
Patricia: Since the age of about 16 I have been passionate about web development and I’ve always dreamed of building things that help communities connect. Before finishing my Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering in Granada (Spain), I was so motivated I was already working for a startup and doing independent jobs as a freelancer. After university, I continued as a freelancer working across lots of different companies, until a San Francisco company contacted me to help them build their development team and company in Granada (Spain). I truly loved that experience of building something from the ground up, but when an AWS Sourcer contacted me and asked me if I was interested in what I always thought would be the job of my dreams, I had only one answer! Some months later, in January 2018, I found myself living in Berlin with my husband and my three ferrets!
HereatAWS: Can you explain your role, who your customers are, and how you help them?
Patricia: I work as a Front-End Engineer on the Amazon Identity team for Resource Groups and Resource Access Manager consoles. Our customers are any customer who want to organise their resources (which pretty much covers all AWS customers!). My special way of helping customers is to think big, think long-term and connect the dots that will help them not just today but tomorrow as well.
HereatAWS: What kind of skills do you need to succeed in your role?
Patricia: From a technical standpoint, you need to be skilled in operations, best practices and scalability. If we’re talking soft skills, then I would say great communication skills, a data-driven mindset and the ability to take ownership.
HereatAWS: Have you had to learn any specific new skills (technical or soft) for your role?
Patricia: I have had to learn a lot of skills, every day! I, of course, had to learn to use the exact technologies used in my team but I also really improved my knowledge in networking. I have also improved my communication skills since joining.
HereatAWS: At work, are you involved in any activities outside of your role?
Patricia: We have affinity groups at Amazon where people can be involved in activities outside of their day-to-day role. I helped to organise several events for Girls in Tech, I have attended conferences to help to recruit women, I also organised several events about Accessibility awareness at Amazon. And this year, I also organised week-long internal hackathon! If you want to be involved in anything, or create something from scratch, the opportunities and support are there for you.
HereatAWS: What are the most exciting, and the most challenging parts of your job?
Patricia: For me every day is a challenge. AWS is very big, it grows very quickly and there are many things I still don’t know. But that is what makes it so exciting! I am also passionate about helping people to grow, so I’m grateful for having the opportunity to mentor several people in and out of Berlin. Lastly, I also love our customer-obsessed culture, which means that we really take the time to do things right.
HereatAWS: Do you have any needs or commitments that require flexibility in your role?
Patricia: Well until recently my only commitments were my husband and my ferrets, but soon it will be a baby! I am so thankful that AWS has so many ways to support new parents.
HereatAWS: What advice would you give people joining AWS?
Patricia: If you enjoy what you do helping the team, you will soon see how fast both you and your team grow from it!
HereatAWS: What three words would you use to describe workdays at AWS?
Patricia: Innovation, Data, Passion.