I’ve been working at an insurance company for nigh-on six years at this point, and I’ve been writing SQL the entire time. As a member of the Business Intelligence team, most of my work has been creating reports with SQL and Microsoft SSRS, analysing data with Excel, and building dashboards in Tableau. Recently I’ve taken on a new role as a Data Foundations Analyst, which is to say more DBA-type work.
When I was a young teenager, I dabbled in learning the piano by reading a book I’d borrowed and trying to play along with the piano we had at home. It didn’t last long. With no access to YouTube for me back then, and no teachers, I quickly gave up. The desire to learn an instrument stayed with me, though. For years I thought I would pick something that was easily carried.
I hated language classes at school; they were the only subjects that I received C grades for. It seemed pointless and impractical, full of random vocab and not at all interested. However, in December of 2010 I travelled to Nagoya, Japan for a one month mission trip with Campus Crusade for Christ Australia (now called Cru). I fell in love with the culture - the food, the courtesy, the scenery (though it didn’t hurt that my future wife was also on the trip).