Thomas is an Associate Solutions Architect based in Paris, France.
HereAtAWS: Why did you apply for the graduate scheme at AWS?
Thomas: As I am passionate about new technologies, I was following many AWS employees on social networks. The multitude of innovations that were constantly being announced left a strong impression on me. Learning how AWS's solutions work so that I can help customers adopt the cloud is an opportunity that motivated me deeply. The TechU graduate program allows you to train for 6 months and discover the latest cloud technologies.
HereAtAWS: How did you hear about AWS graduate positions?
Thomas: I discovered the program during my internship within Amazon's retail teams. When I applied for a technical position at AWS, HR teams recommended the TechU graduate program. I was immediately convinced by the benefits of the program for a young graduate, and quickly applied.
HereAtAWS: Can you explain in simple terms: your role, who your customers are, and how you help them?
Thomas: My role is to advise AWS customers in their cloud journey. I help customers design a cloud/hybrid infrastructure using AWS services, and Independent Software Vendors to address their use case leveraging all the benefits of the cloud model. The solutions are tailored to each customer’s needs in order to be the most efficient, secure, reliable, cost-effective and sustainable as possible.
HereAtAWS: What’s the most exciting part of being a graduate at AWS?
Thomas: Learning by doing. Each topic follows a project-based approach to get a hands-on experience on AWS Cloud (i.e., Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning). In addition, at the end of the graduate program, we have a capstone project during where we are challenged to create and develop new solutions for customers.
HereAtAWS: What is your biggest takeaway from your role here?
Thomas: The biggest takeaway of the program is the ability to learn and experiment with solutions from AWS Cloud before guiding the customers on real use cases.
HereAtAWS: What makes being a graduate at AWS different from anywhere else?
Thomas: Amazonians’ reachability. We can contact any Amazonian to ask questions, get feedback or to train to improve our learning. Regularly, Amazonians offer us the opportunity to attend client meetings (shadow) in order to improve our skills on the practical side.
HereAtAWS: Have you had to learn any specific new skills (technical or soft) for your role?
Thomas: Prior to starting this role, a vast IT culture is required. However, AWS Tech U is an early career development program to build technical skills in the cloud. At AWS you must continually learn and be curious in order to tackle customer needs.
HereAtAWS: What three words would you use to describe workdays at AWS?
Thomas: Build, Collaborative, impactful.