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Using AWS Educate to skill up for a job

After ten years in retail, Bode Popoola saw his future in technology and decided to make a career change. Originally from Nigeria, Bode attended the Technological University of Ireland (TUI) in Dublin, Ireland, where he studied computer science and information technology. For his final class project, he focused on cloud computing, and thanks to one of his professors, he learned about AWS Educate.

AWS Educate is Amazon’s global initiative to provide educational institutions, educators, and students with the resources needed to accelerate cloud-related learning and prepare students to enter a cloud-enabled workplace. By addressing the overwhelming global need for a technically skilled workforce in one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, AWS Educate aims to positively impact workforce development.

“My experience with AWS Educate from day one was fantastic. The program gave me a good understanding of all security features and tools that AWS provides,” said Bode.

Through AWS Educate, Bode was able to learn about core AWS services like Identity and Access Management (IAM), Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), autoscaling and load balancing, Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS), Amazon DynamoDB, and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC).

Using his knowledge of cloud computing as well as AWS services to help him prepare, Bode applied for – and got – an internship at Amazon Web Services (AWS). Bode now works as a cloud support associate in Dublin.

He said, “The hands-on experience I got from AWS Educate helped with my onboarding and allows me to better serve customers by providing unique AWS solutions to their needs.”

He continued, “I am…assisting a global list of companies that are taking advantage of a growing set of services and features to run their mission-critical applications. For me, my future lies in cloud computing. I have learned so much about how companies can run mission-critical applications in the cloud and how to deploy hundreds or even thousands of servers in minutes.”

You can read more stories similar to Bode’s by visiting the AWS Educate Success Stories website.

 

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