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Spotlight on Essenters: Aaron Jacobs

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Welcome to a new Spotlight on Essenters! Today we will have a chat with Aaron Jabocs, Cloud DevOps Engineer at Essent.


CAN YOU BRIEFLY SHARE A BIT ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND AND HOW YOU GOT STARTED IN IT?

I was born and raised in Aruba. Since the age of 12, I really enjoyed my time working with computers, and that sparked my interest in studying electrical engineering which led to my interest in memory building and AutoCAD.  Back in Aruba, I had a business selling and fixing computers alongside giving computer science classes. 

In my free time, you will find me practicing and watching martial arts, especially Taekwondo. It is one of the things I am fanatical about. In Aruba, I gave lessons to children and I myself fought internationally as well. Taekwondo involves a variety of combinations of kicks, punches, and blocks but also educates one in the basic moralities of being a good citizen in your community. I am a “Sa dan” rank for the ones who are familiar with it. Teaching martial arts has given me numerous benefits, including instilling discipline, building confidence, and promoting physical fitness and mental health. It is all about the balance you create. 


HOW DID YOU COME TO WORK AT ESSENT?  

I was a freelance IT Specialist in Aruba and I started to look for new opportunities for a job in the Netherlands.   

One of the recruiters contacted me and before I started at Essent, I did a company principles and values match which came out very high. That led to me applying to the role of Cloud DevOps engineer.  

So just like that in December 2017, I moved to the Netherlands and, merely one month later, I was working at Essent. 


COULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR CURRENT ROLE AND YOUR PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES?

My primary responsibility is to ensure a stable cloud environment, facilitating and supporting the onboarding of new applications and teams on the Amazon AWS Cloud Platform which is crucial for seamless growth in the Energy market. 


WHAT PROJECT OR INITIATIVE ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?

I am proud of all the things we deliver but among the various projects we undertake, one that particularly stands out is the Security Hub Aggregator project we built in January of this year. Another thing that gets me going is that Essent gave me the option to study and get my DevOps Engineer AWS certification. 


WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST SURPRISING ASPECT OF YOUR JOB SINCE YOU STARTED?

Essent IT supports your growth and provides space for skill development which is truly invaluable. One of the primary benefits of being at Essent IT is that they understand the importance of nurturing their employees’ potential and allowing us to explore new horizons by using state-of-the-art technologies. The ability to discover and develop new skills is not only enriching but also helps us to stay ahead in the ever-evolving world of technology. 


HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE CULTURE WITHIN YOUR TEAM OR DEPARTMENT?

The IT department is very informal since everyone is on the same level and works towards the same goal. There isn’t a perceived hierarchy and we are all working very agile with different expertise and backgrounds. Essent is a flat-organized company for sure.


WHAT ARE SOME KEY GOALS YOU HAVE FOR YOURSELF OR FOR YOUR TEAM FOR THE COMING YEAR?

My goal for the upcoming year is to study and get a certificate as a Cloud Architect, this way I will develop my skills and make a better contribution to my team.   

As a team, we would like to be even more agile and deliver more effective work for Essent.


ANY ADVICE FOR PEOPLE ASPIRING TO WORK IN YOUR FIELD OR IN A ROLE SIMILAR TO YOURS?

Start at a place you know you can grow, and where they give you the room to do so. The more you can develop and learn additional skills, the greater the benefits you can derive from them. 

It is also important to think about the fulfilment you’re getting when you do something you love. Do what you love first, don’t think about the money or the secondary employment benefits, because the outcome of doing what you love ends up benefiting you in the long run.


We would like to thank Aaron for the time he took to speak with us, and the insights he shares.

If you have any lingering questions for him, don’t hesitate to drop a comment down below. We will ensure you are promptly connected.

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