Axel turns his life around to become a data engineer

Published on 17 May 2022

Reading time 3 minutes

After studies in computer graphics and printing, then a career as a dealer and cashier in a casino, Axel turned to data engineering at Boby thanks to Wild Code School's training program!

Hello Axel! Can you introduce yourself in a few words?

I'm 24 years old, I'm passionate about the video game community and I have an appetite for automation, because time is money. 💸

What was your background before joining Wild Code School?

After finishing my studies in computer graphics and printing, I worked as a dealer and cashier in a casino for 5 years.

Eventually, I realized that I wanted something bigger and more rewarding. That's why, thanks to the support of my family and friends, I started to learn Python on my own in order to become a developer.

Prior to the Data engineer work-study program, you did a 5-month Data analyst training program at Wild Code School in Bordeaux. What made you want to specialize in data engineering?

Preferring to process the data than to make it talk, I think the question was quickly answered. Also, as it was with the Data analyst training, I like to challenge myself and push myself!

Did you know about the role of data engineers before applying for this course?

I had heard the term thrown around, but the French Data engineer courses at Wild Code School are where I really started to learn about it.

Why did you choose Wild Code School over other schools?

I lived an intense experience rich in emotion during five months from which I became a better person—both personally and professionally. That's why I decided to do it again for a year by continuing my studies at Wild Code School.

What interests you the most about having a dual role of IT development and data?

Because I’m versatile, I enjoy being as independent as possible from my surroundings. In addition, I feel it is important to know the trades close to my main activity in order to work more efficiently.

Why do you think a data engineer is essential for a company?

The data engineer is responsible for designing, developing, and installing the data systems that power machine learning and data analytics. This crucial role is the gateway toward strategic and efficient use of your data.

What would you say to someone who wants to move into the tech industry and become a data engineer?

You don't need to have studied hard to be a data engineer, but I think that an appetite for programming and databases is a must have. Moreover, it is a job of the future that is very much in demand by companies.

Thank you for all your answers! Do you have any final words for future Wilders reading today?

If you’ve never even written a single line of code, don't hesitate to watch videos on the language you anticipate using (Python in my case). Stay curious, start tinkering with small programs, and don't be afraid to make mistakes—nobody’s perfect!

Lastly, I might add that the only limit is the one we impose on ourselves!

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