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Lily Xiao

Senior Data Engineer @ RBC
Data Engineering Bootcamp, cohort 3
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How did you hear about WeCloudData?

Friend’s referral.

What made you decide to choose WeCloudData’s Data Engineering program over other companies? Was there something that stood out to you about our program that solidified your decision?

Learn how to use some of the trending applications.

What was your career background before enrolling in our Data Engineering program?

Data analytics + Data science education and some related working experience.

What made you want to pursue a career in Data Engineering?

Curiosity and fulfillment from overcoming challenges.

Can you tell us a bit more about yourself and your journey to where you are today?

I have an educational background in statistics, big data, and machine learning.

I started to work as a data engineer during a project of creating a GCP cloud infrastructure for a digital department at a bank. Then I realized that I am talented in it. So I became curious about the most trending technologies and started taking some online courses here and there.

One day, my friend told me about this program, in which I can learn the most trending technologies all at once. It suits my need at that moment.

Postgraduate, WeCloudData paired me with a great career mentor who encouraged me a lot and helped me landed on a new job as a senior data engineer.

What did you find most enjoyable or interesting about the Data Engineering program at WeCloudData while being a student? Was there any aspect of our course curriculum or teaching style that stood out to you?

I can study on my own time. All courses are videotaped. All practices can be done at any time and with no deadline. Whenever I need help, I can easily msg TA or ask during TA sessions.

How did the Instructors and Teaching Assistants (TA’s) support you during the program? Did you find their knowledge and expertise helpful?

Yes, they are very knowledgeable and share expertise from real business.

Based on your previous education experience, how did online classes compare to learning in-person?

It’s harder to stay focused during online classes compare to learning in person. Ex: I have a dog. Sometimes he barks during my classes.

Do you have any tips for current students on how to be successful in online classes?

Learn with a purpose. Know what you want and stay focused. Time is limited.

How many jobs did you apply for?


How many interviews did you receive?


How did your mentor support you during the career mentorship? (e.g. Services provided, advice given)

Help me understand different positions related to data engineering.

Help me prepare for interviews.

Provide advice on offer negotiation.

Finding a job during the pandemic has been a challenge for most, what aspects of your resume and portfolio do you believe helped you secure a job so quickly?

Education + Knowledge + work experience

Can you give us some insight into what the Data Engineering interview process is like?

Step 1: an interview with HR

Step 2: an interview with the hiring manager

Step 3: a technical interview including case study and coding test

Step 4: meet with the team

What sort of impact do you feel your Data Engineer diploma from WeCloudData made on potential employers?

I believe there’s an impact from WeCloudData DE diploma.

Do you have any words of advice for current or future students planning on pursuing a career in Data Engineering?

There are many different roles in Data Engineering. I suggest talking to a mentor from this industry and picking a few roles that are most suitable for you.

Most importantly, know your uniqueness and what you are good at.

How has your life changed since you graduated from WeCloudData and gotten a job in the industry?

I did not stop learning and practicing. I still learn a lot from reviewing the course after graduation.

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