Our latest encounter aimed to reveal why our colleagues, passionate PHP aficionados, value the pre-employment training and why they decided to get involved in teaching it in the first place. This time around, we turn our attention to the lucky few who fill the shoes of the trainees.
It sure wasn’t easy to get to this point. After the initial announcement of the program, we received well over a hundred applications, we invited 80 students to participate in the testing phase, proceeded to holding 24 interviews and ended up with a squad of 7 motivated individuals. So yes, the selection process was fierce and highly demanding, but the last few weeks are a confirmation that it was all worth it.
As we’re getting closer and closer to the finish line, our team of trainees is head first coding their way in the depths of Magento, as enthusiastic as they started. We were curious what led them to our training room. We asked, they answered.
Why PHP? Why Evozon?
A: I chose PHP because it’s easy to learn and I could create websites really quickly. Evozon was my first option, because I knew it’s a big company, therefore I trusted that the people working there are professionals and I could learn a lot from them.
T: I’m not really sure why PHP, maybe just because it was something mostly new for me. However, I chose Evozon with no doubt when offered the chance, because I heard a lot of great things about the people working here and their passion for what they do (which was also proven during the interview).
C.S.: PHP was an easy decision because I was somewhat familiar with it. I also wanted to build a solid foundation of web programming. As for why I chose Evozon, it was because of the passion and energy that the trainers displayed during our interview.
C.M.: I chose PHP, because I had little past experience with it and felt like I wanted to improve my knowledge of it, in a professional environment. It was also a priority because it's one of the most widely used programming languages for web development. Evozon, on the other hand, was a clear favourite for where I wanted to do an internship, because of all the good things I heard from friends that work here. And after a month here I can say it's even better than expected. This place is full of amazing people.
What keeps you motivated in your work life?
R: I think that the working atmosphere is what motivates me the most: people trying to help me understand and find the most efficient solution for a problem; knowing that in the end I will have a product that can help make people’s life easier. All of this motivates me to make the best out of it.
T: What motivates me can’t be summed up that easily, but I think it’s that feeling when you know you’ve done everything you could and it was worth it.
C.S.: I don’t like stagnation. I need to feel that I’m improving. I know I didn’t waste my time if I learned about a new subject. Even if I don’t use that knowledge in practice immediately, it helps me gain a greater perspective on other problems I’m going to face.
D: Success motivates me to do a good job, knowing the fact that my hard work will help me achieve greater professional success. There are of course instances of failure, but the taste of success after a failure keeps me going no matter what.
A: I want to become a better version of myself everyday, so I'm motivated to learn and practice all the information I receive. I'm a little perfectionist and I put a lot of passion in my code.
What are your expectations from the experience? What do you hope to achieve by the end of the program?
A: My focus on this program is to assimilate as much information as I can. I hope that after this experience I will be able to understand more about how PHP and Magento work. I would be really happy if my code and my teamworking skills would improve. Also, I would like to have an overview about the life of a programmer.
R: I hope to understand what it really means to work in this domain. I want to see what it’s like to work in a team and it wouldn't be bad if at the end of the summer I am able to create my own amazing site. :)
T: Obviously, learning as much as possible from people who are so keen to share their knowledge was as much of an expectation as it was a goal. On the other hand, I hope to achieve a better understanding of how to work and interact with people with different personalities and to overcome some of my fears by challenging myself.
C.M.: My expectations from this experience are to improve my general knowledge about software development and make friends with people that share my passion. I hope that by the end of the program I will be a better programmer than I was and be ready to work in a professional environment.
There you have it; we’ve immersed in our trainees’ perspective as well and we are closing in on the 360° view of the pre-employment training, saving the best for last. Stay tuned!