PHP Pre-employment: insight from trainees  - part II

PHP Pre-employment: insight from trainees - part II

Time flies by when you’re having fun… or learning… or working hard… or all of the above at once. There are still plenty of things to cover in our pre-employment training and only 4 weeks to go. These days, the young squad of trainees is focusing on Magento, making sure to grasp the necessary knowledge to complete the final challenge of the training: their applied team project.

Knowing that the project will keep them quite busy, we’ve asked them beforehand to share some thoughts on what being part of this training means to each of them. You might recall that we’ve already learnt from Adam & Andor, so we’ll continue with the 2nd round of insights, this time from Georgiana & Iulian.

Here it goes.

Georgiana

Tell us a bit about yourself and your friendship story with programming.

It was quite a random rendez-vous. When I was in middle school, I first took a HTML & CSS online course, trying to figure out how to edit a blog theme. Having done that, curiosity kicked in and I wanted to see what other things I can do with programming languages.

Why Evozon? Why PHP?

Everyone spoke about the passionate people and the great learning environment at Evozon, so I had to see for myself and get convinced ;).

My first encounter with PHP happened during an extracurricular project in high school and it got my attention. It was unlike everything I’d seen up to that point and had so many possibilities.

How does this experience benefit you?

It’s probably one of the best things that happened to me. I have the chance to be in an environment where every theoretical aspect is applied in a fun, useful assignment. The training process is really well-thought and it supplies a lot of information and useful details. The trainers are willing to help whenever asked and they share useful links and suggestions.

Name one thing you hope to achieve at the end of the internship. And tell us why.

I hope to grow as a programmer and as a person. I enrolled in this internship expecting to learn a whole lot of new things, how to solve problems and to improve my thinking. By the end of the training I want to be able to say that I’m knowledgeable about the learnt topics and to trust that what I know is correct. To sum it all up, I want to build a solid foundation for my future programmer self.

What’s your daily internship regimen/routine?

The composition is simple: pour some ‘gym workout’, add 2-3 hours of ‘training’, sprinkle some ‘coffee on the rooftop’ and press the ‘repeat’ button. Jokes aside, we mix ‘lectures’ and tasks in hope of achieving our goal.

Is this “work” or “training” for you? Please explain.

I always like to learn from every situation I’m in, so life is a continuous ‘training’. Every little chat hides a lesson and some useful bits of information, and I like to gather as much as possible.

What was the coolest thing to learn (so far)?

Probably learning how to understand and review each other’s code. The fact that we all think differently helps us apply theoretical concepts in various ways and our programs can get confusing at times. We have different coding styles that may be difficult to understand in the beginning.

What’s your number 1 coding rule?

If a task seems too simple, you probably did it wrong.

Iulian

Tell us a bit about yourself and your friendship story with programming.

I discovered the beauty of programming thanks to an awesome person I met in high-school (my Informatics teacher). A bit about myself… hmm… I am a person who needs to do something at any given moment; I can never take a break longer than 3 days. In my teenage years I used to play a few instruments and engage in a lot of sport activities. I discovered that I am a very creative person, and that programming allows me to manifest this side through code, since there is no problem with just one solution.

Why Evozon? Why PHP?

I am not exactly sure why PHP (used it to learn web stuff, stuck with it) but I know I chose Evozon because I had the luck to be interviewed by someone with incredible energy and passion that made me drop all second thoughts.

How does this experience benefit you?

This experience brings me a whole new perspective on the business side of programming which is, I guess, more important than the coding part. Besides that, the trainers are making sure that we know or will know the foundation of PHP and programming as a whole.

Name one thing you hope to achieve at the end of the internship. And tell us why.

One thing I hope to achieve is strong, positive and qualitative interactions with everyone here, at Evozon. Why? Because this is the foundation of happiness. We are social creatures and whatever the end result may be, if I had a great time during these days, and the people around me also had a great time, I consider it a win.

What’s your daily internship regimen/routine?

Drink some water/tea → code code → water water → code code code → training much → cry a little → code code code → I forgot to eat? → go home.

Is this “work” or “training” for you? Please explain.

This is training. As long as I don’t bring revenue to this company without ‘being taken care of’ by someone, I don’t consider it working.

What was the coolest thing to learn (so far)?

Besides programming stuff which is cool enough already, the business behind an IT company and how it interacts with the real world (a.k.a. clients) is quite interesting.

What’s your number 1 coding rule?

Understand it, don’t just code it.

Chances are, their enthusiasm reached you too (it definitely reached us), so keep close.

The last bit is just around the corner.


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