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Solutions Architect, Start-ups
Amazon Web Services

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My name is Mirabella,

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and I work as a solutions architect for startups for Amazon Web Services.

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There’s no such thing as a typical day in my job.

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During the day, I may be going out and meeting customers.

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Either going to their offices or virtually, it depends on their preferences.

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I could go and do events such as these.

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Or I could go and talk to multiple customers at once.

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The favourite aspect is definitely the interaction with people.

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It’s something that I’ve always really wanted and seeked throughout my careers.

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I get to meet different people from different aspects of life every day.

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They can be people from academia, they can be people

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with a business background or people with a very, very technical background.

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So they tend to be very, very diverse,

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and I get access to this amazing pool of very, very creative people,

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and I just interact with them on a daily basis.

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When I was back in school, over in Romania, which is where I was born and grew up.

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I actually studied maths and computer science in high school.

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But to be very honest with you, it was never a career choice that occurred to me.

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That is why when I decided where to go to university and what to study,

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I went for a different subject that I really enjoyed.

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So I decided to go and study languages.

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After I left university, I joined a major graduate scheme

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with an accounting company.

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Once I was there, I realised that I wanted to learn more about technology.

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So I applied for a re-qualification programme.

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I studied to become a software engineer in the evenings whilst

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I was still at my first job.

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And I finally ended up getting a job helping developers

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get their applications onto the cloud.

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Whilst I was there, it came as a suggestion from a friend

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that I should consider applying for AWS, as it was something that I was working with every day

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For this role, I think it’s very important to have good communication skills.

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You’re going to have to go

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and communicate with people that are very, very different.

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So you definitely need to have this ability to think on your feet

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and be able to come up with the best answer for that potential question.

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I would definitely reassure people that if they don’t know

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what they want to do in the future, that is OK.

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That’s how I built my own path.

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I just went, tried the best option that I had in front of me at that time.

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If it didn’t work out, then I just tried again.


“I just tried the best option that I had in front of me at the time. If it didn’t work out, then I just tried again.”

Mirabella enjoys dealing with people. She grew up in Romania, studied languages at university and then joined a graduate scheme with an accounting firm. Deciding to follow her interest in technology, Mirabella then attended evening classes to qualify as a software engineer. She now works as a solutions architect, helping customers to solve their business problems using technology.

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