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How Taye Got His First Business Intelligence Job

3 min read
By John Pauler
Jun 23, 2021

Today we're talking with Taye Aina about his transtion into a Data Analytics career.

I love Taye's story, and not just because he said MySQL is what landed him his new role and dazzled his employers... I swear :)

Taye is another great example of someone who wanted a different career, and then rolled up his sleeves and made it happen!

The tremendous enthusiasm and gratitude Taye brings (comes out even more in our 1:1 communications) is what makes him one of my personal favorites. It is very easy to like someone with this kind of energy, who is putting in a high level of effort, and yet still humbly attributes his success elsewhere. Newsflash my friend: this was all YOU!

I love his story, and I hope it will inspire others to take control of their careers and go after roles that will make them truly happy.

Q: Professionally speaking, what do you do today? How important is data mastery to your current professional?

I am an API and SQL database developer. My company is large, but data analytics is a new department. I am developing the company database for them.

I wrote some queries, and my employer was astonished by the power of SQL.

The ability to bring hidden insight from data is the best part of the job. I love how many stories can be told from a single data source.

Q: What do you think have been some of the key factors in your success?

John Pauler teaching SQL made me fall in love with it. The way he teaches and examples he gives have helped me shape my career. Going from hospitality to SQL developer shows I had a great teacher.

Q: Getting right to the point, you mentioned Maven has made a positive impact on your career. Can you tell us more about that?

I have taken many maven courses from SQL to Excel. It has been very helpful and I have secured my job with my SQL I learnt and now I am not just writing queries I am developing a database for the company.

Q: Let's jump back in time. I want you to think about yourself on the day you started your first Maven course. How long ago was that? What was your job at the time?

I started learning with Maven in December 2019. At the time, I was a room service waiter in hospitality.

Now, I learn everyday. My skill is around an 8 out of 10 now, and I still go back once a while to the courses for help.

Q: Do you have any particular favorite Maven courses that you think have helped you the most?

I will say the first course I took which was MYSQL Beginner Analysis, which was so great as I developed myself further with all Maven SQL courses after.

Q: Is there anything else you think would be valuable for our audience to hear about your career journey?

I am a champion of higher education, but higher ed might not really get you a job faster than learning practical skills.

What I mean is that among my colleagues who are university graduates in computer science, I am often more knowledgeable than them, as they only learnt theory. Maven gives you what you need in a day to day work situation.

I was tested with 15 SQL questions...guess I passed as I was given the job.

Employers are more interested in what you can do than your degree.

I believe Maven has helped me and is still helping me. Everyday now I receive a job invitation, as I have passed my first SQL certificate exam.

Q: If our readers are interested in getting in touch with you, what is the best way for them to connect or find more information?

They can send me personal message on linkedin or they can email me: taye12332002@yahoo.com

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Such a great story here from Taye!

I hope this will inspire you to go after what you want and put in the work to make it happen.

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Author

John Pauler

John brings over a decade of business intelligence experience to the Maven team, having worked with companies ranging from Fortune 500 to early stage startups. As a MySQL expert, he has played leadership roles across analytics, marketing, SaaS and product teams.

John brings over a decade of business intelligence experience to the Maven team, having worked with companies ranging from Fortune 500 to early stage startups. As a MySQL expert, he has played leadership roles across analytics, marketing, SaaS and product teams.

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