Stefan Tertan

How I became a Developer


 

Stefan Tertan used to be on our Developers Programme when he realised that he wanted to take his technical hobbies to the next level. Now Stefan is a Developer at Gain Theory where he is looking after back-end and front-end development.

How did you hear about Just IT?

I found Just IT on the internet when I was looking for a Software Development Apprenticeship and I came across their training course. I was too overqualified for an Apprenticeship, but I thought the training would give me the chance to learn more and make my way into a career.

When did your interest for technology first come about?

I have always been interested in technology. I did go to university, but after a year and a half I decided that it wasn’t for me and I wanted to start working. I had done a lot of programming in my spare time such as using C++ and getting familiar with front end and back end. I then got further into web development by having some projects to work on. I helped build a website for a company which is currently live and I programmed a web application. I couldn’t find a job with the experience that I had, so I stopped my own projects for a while to dedicate my time on the course.

What did you enjoy the most about the course?

I liked the facilities we had. We always had loads of new stuff to learn and it was a great environment to work in. I spent a lot of time studying at home to help boost my knowledge, I also went to a few sessions with our trainer, Grant who was really helpful in giving us ideas for projects and helping us handle any pressures. The career support team were also really good and the recruitment team had interviews lined up for me which were all great companies.

Where do you work now?

I work at Gain Theory as a Developer. They’re a global marketing foresight consultancy and I am responsible for front end and back end. I then got further into web development by having some projects to work on. I helped build a website for a company which is currently live and I programmed a web application. I couldn’t find a job with the experience that I had, so I stopped my own projects for a while to dedicate my time on the course.

What do you enjoy the most about your role?

I enjoy learning more about different technologies. The company I work for does a lot of data analysis, and that’s something I would like to become more familiar with. Overall I want to improve my programming skills and gain more knowledge about the company I work in.

What was your biggest challenge you faced when you first started your development role?

My biggest challenge was learning how everything works in terms of all the software they use both internally and externally. Applying code such as licensed code was quite challenging because there’s not much documentation to go on. But it was fun. I really enjoyed learning it all.

What would you recommend to someone who was considering a development career, but had very little experience?

I would recommend doing the course. I have already recommended one of my friends who is looking to get into support to take the NPP. Before starting the course I would advise to gain a bit of knowledge about development beforehand as you’re going to be on the course for a while, and it’s good to know a bit more about what you’re getting into. After my development hobbies, it was a case of just using the learning to fill in any unknown gaps I had.