Rabee is a Software Engineer working on the Amazon Redshift team for AWS in Berlin.
HereatAWS: Tell us about your career journey. What brought you to your current role at AWS?
Rabee: I came from Pakistan to Germany to study in Distributed Software Systems at TU Darmstadt. After completing my Masters, I worked at a Fintech in Frankfurt for a year and a half, after which, I saw the AWS role and after I got it, moved to Berlin to work on Amazon Redshift.
HereatAWS: Can you explain your role, who your customers are, and how you help them?
Rabee: I work on Redshift, Amazon’s date warehouse service. More specifically, within Redshift, I work on Redshift Spectrum, a feature which can be used to query data residing in Amazon S3. Our customers are companies who have large amounts of data and want to run analytics on that data. Our customers are data engineers, data scientists, business analysts and even other software engineers.
HereatAWS: Have you had to learn any specific new skills for your role?
Rabee: In terms of technical skills, I have had to switch from Java to C++. I previously had very little experience with C++ in a professional setting. However, my team has been really helpful with the transition. Here at AWS, I am also given more responsibility than at my previous roles. I am already seeing how positively that impacts my personal growth when it comes to communication and time management.
HereatAWS: How does your work impact customers?
Rabee: We help companies analyse vast amounts of data. In the age of Big Data, services such as ours can make a large difference to a company’s bottom line.
HereatAWS: What’s the most exciting part of your job?
Rabee: It is exciting to know that I am making a large impact with my skills and that any feature that I will develop will be used by a large number of customers. It is also exciting to learn so much every day from my colleagues.
HereatAWS: What advice would you give people joining AWS?
Rabee: Your first month will probably feel like a firehose of information. Try not to feel overwhelmed. You may not understand everything on the first go, but you shouldn’t be afraid to ask questions all the time. Personally, I write down as much as I can so I can come back to it later if needed.
HereatAWS: What three words would you use to describe workdays at AWS?
Rabee: Rewarding, fast-paced and friendly.