The annual PHP pre-employment training: sneak peek behind the scene - part II

The annual PHP pre-employment training: sneak peek behind the scene - part II

It’s day #3 of the pre-employment training and the trainees squad is still adjusting to the already set intense rhythm of our course. Trainers, in turn, are adjusting to the particularities of each trainee and setting-up the frame for the weeks to come. You can sense the thrill of a new beginning roaming around. And what a nice feeling that is!

We mentioned earlier this week that a certain kind of mindset is due in order for such a training to be a fruitful experience. In keeping up with that, we started a series of Q&A’s with our trainers with the purpose of reflecting that mindset straight from the source. So far, we’ve heard from Andra & Calin and their motivation of getting involved in teaching a PHP pre-employment program. Today we’ll introduce Diana & Bogdan. Let’s see what they have to say.

Diana - Senior Magento Back-end Developer

What motivates you to get involved in training interns?

The idea that I can contribute to the professional education of my future colleagues. It gives me a great honor to be involved in the process and also a good feeling to belong to a team of dedicated people who make this process possible.

Which training approach do you prefer and why: “blueprints” or “freestyle”?

Blueprints mostly with a bit of freestyle. Why? I like organizing my stuff all the way, but it is important to also be aware of the trainees’ needs and to adapt on-the-fly to what is really relevant for them at that point, rather than following a rigid plan.

What’s the hardest thing to teach?

I’ll go with a technical perspective: Magento layout.

How does this experience benefit you?

With every year that goes by, I learn more. It’s like I train someone, while I am training myself. I learn a lot in terms of training delivery, ways to improve myself and how the same information is ‘consumed’ differently by each generation and I have to adapt to that.

Tell us the story of your friendship with PHP.

Long story short: I hate Java. That was a joke (or was it?). But if you want to hear what that turned into it’s something like this: I liked the idea of web stuff from the start and PHP gave me a way to learn advanced stuff with a greater ease than other languages. It soon paid off and we got married :)

What advice would you give to your trainees?

It would be a good idea not to run late for my classes.

Bogdan - Senior Magento Developer

What motivates you to get involved in training interns?

I started to hold trainings about 7 years ago and since then I have had the chance to help over 30 people to learn web development. I love to work with passionate people and to help them.

Which training approach do you prefer and why: “blueprints” or “freestyle”?

I prefer “freestyle” because from my point of view each trainee is different and using freestyle I can work to cover each type.

What’s the hardest thing to teach?

I think the hardest thing to teach is the mindset.

How does this experience benefit you?

Each trainee is different so each time I’m working with somebody I have the chance to know more people and learn different training skills.

Tell us the story of your friendship with PHP.

I started to write code when I was 12 years old using Basic programming language. About 11 years ago I got my first job as an entry level web developer.

What advice would you give to your trainees?

Be curious and ask questions.

So there you have it. That’s 4 of our trainers, we have 2 more to go.

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