Kevin Xu

Data Scientist

Paris, France

"We applied the knowledge that we acquired to build a data pipeline for a real-world use case using GCP services."

What I learned

As a new university graduate without any significant real-world cloud data engineering experience, the Cloud First + Data Academy by Accenture with Google Cloud was an unique opportunity to become familiar with an essential cloud provider, learn more about data engineering concepts, and get a chance to network with other Accenture teams across Europe.

Throughout the intensive Academy curriculum, I learned about in-depth features of several services offered by Google Cloud Platform (GCP) for Data Engineering, and I advanced my knowledge of very specific Python features and some of its libraries, such as Pandas. The final end-to-end team project was a perfect wrap-up; we applied the knowledge that we acquired to build a data pipeline for a real-world use case using GCP services.

The practical know-how taught by the experts during the Academy are essential for any work as a data engineer using GCP. The online classes given by GCP experts were valuable and insightful, and I acquired the necessary skills to prepare for and pass the GCP Professional Data Engineer certification after the Academy.

Learn more about Cloud First + Data Academy by Accenture with Google Cloud.

My journey to Accenture

I have always been passionate about technology. When I learned out about data science and artificial intelligence during my computer science engineer studies at the National School of Computer Science for Industry and Business (ENSIIE), I decided to obtain a master’s degree in data science from the Polytechnic Institute of Paris (Institut Polytechnique de Paris). During my end-of-studies internship, I worked as a data scientist intern in an internal consulting and research team at BNP Paribas, a major bank in France. I joined Accenture in May 2021 as a consultant in Data & AI, which is my first permanent position. I chose this path because the unlimited possibilities offered by leveraging data motivate me to always learn new skills to build the future.

“I chose this path because of the unlimited possibilities to build the future.”

My advice

If you want to gain awareness about cloud, data engineering and artificial intelligence, machine learning practices, the Cloud First + Data Academy is a unique opportunity to learn about these different concepts in a great learning environment. Take advantage of the Academy to network and learn with your peers. And always ask questions.

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