Name: James Farrow
Where did your interest in tech come from?
My interest in tech primarily came from my father, an IT professional for over 35 years; so I’ve grown up surrounded by tech. I was interested in not just “what things do”, but “how they work” in the background which in turn lead me to me to read around coding simple applications & websites. I first came across Cloud Technology via Dropbox as I sought an alternative to traditional Floppy Disks & “modern” USB’s. This eventually lead me to AWS S3 and then onto other AWS services. My working background has been primarily based in Hospitality and even Factory Laundry work; so I guess my background is not the typical “IT/Tech professional” – just somebody with a keen interest and desire to learn!
What made you apply for the AWS training?
Simply to follow my interest, learn/practice more in the process and help facilitate a career switch into the field. I’ve never really had the confidence to step outside my “comfort zone” of Hospitality despite being unhappy with the job, but I’m a firm believer that once you’ve found something which you’re genuinely passionate about and want to pursue; then you need to grab the bull by the horns and just go for it and this is the main reason why I applied for the AWS training.
What did you enjoy about the course?
I enjoyed learning more in depth into AWS Services and how they are used within the infrastructure of big corporations such as Netflix, Vodafone, Sky, Under Armour to name just a few. Alongside this I’ve also really enjoyed learning about DevOps tools as well as other general tech skills (Linux, Powershell, Python etc), to further broaden my knowledge.
I enjoyed the fact that everybody’s journey is different and each person offered new knowledge and insight – whether this be an IT/Tech Veteran, or a newbie like myself.
How do you think it has set you up for the future?
Provided a solid understanding of Cloud in general and AWS Services specifically, in turn leading to industry recognised qualifications and ultimately a fantastic job opportunity within Mobilise. Whilst studying has helped enormously, it is the commercial experience gained through my position at Mobilise which has really helped the most – by really putting into context the theoretically knowledge gained through study. Mobilise have provided a great graduate platform which actively encourages continuous learning and continuous development, which has set me up for a great future.