Thriving in Development – Our Frontend Intern’s Story

13Sep

Whatever your profession is, something in your past has managed to spark your interest in the given area. From that moment on, you took small steps towards specialising in this field, sometimes even unconsciously. The first big decision is starting your topic-specific education, and the next important stage is getting a chance to try out your knowledge and test the strength of your ambitions.

Are you grateful for your first job opportunity? Were the challenges you faced in line with your expectations? What kind of experience was that on the whole?

Our youngest team member, Luka Mikavica, is in the middle of this process, so we are asking him all these questions. We are thrilled and honoured we have him on board as a Frontend Intern, but let’s see how he feels about being a part of our team.

 

Hey, Luka! Could you tell us a bit about yourself for start?

Sure, I’m a twenty-year-old student and an intern here at SoftwareHaus as a frontend developer.

When did you decide you wanted to be a developer and what pulled you towards this profession?

Well, I’ve been interested in software ever since I was a kid. It’s a passion of mine on which I’ve been working, and I’m really happy to be finally able to pursue it as a career.

So, what were the steps in your curricular or extracurricular activities that you took towards realising your plans?

I’ve been programming as a hobby for some time, but I really got into it once I started college.

Have you had any work experience before SoftwareHaus?

Apart from programming as a hobby, and the work we do at college, not really.

And how did you find out about the position in our company?

I found out through a friend that there was an internship available, I applied, and the rest is history.

Were you anxious about anything in the first couple of days here?

Not really anxious, but more curious as to what I’ll be doing and how I’ll fit in at the company.

What has been the toughest challenge you have conquered so far in this position?

The toughest thing, I’d have to say, was realising I don’t have to do everything by myself. When I initially started, I tried to be fully independent. Thankfully, I quickly realised everyone here is happy to help. This really helped speed things up and I never really struggle with projects any more.

Our colleagues are certainly an important factor in our overall perception of our workplace. How did you fit in with the team at SoftwareHaus?

Everyone here is amazing and they all welcomed me the second I walked through that door, and I’ll always be grateful for that.

And how do you like the work environment, i.e. the office and the atmosphere there?

The office is second to none, it didn’t take long for it to feel just like home.

Now that you have some experience, can you tell us how does the actual work correspond to what you imagined it to be?

The work is challenging, don’t get me wrong, but it also turned out to be quite fun, so I have no complaints there.

So, has your attitude towards developing changed since you started your internship and how?

Of course it has – when I first started, it all seemed so overwhelming and complicated, but as time passed, and project after project, I realised all of it wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be.

Having tried your hand at the job, would you like to keep doing this in the future and build a career in frontend development?

I think this whole interview has already answered this question, but to put it bluntly, of course I would. Every day I’m excited to get to work and see what the day has in store for me.