Mastering the hard and soft skills IT companies seek
Valentin strongly values the individual teaching approach he received from the trainers in the program. At Telerik Academy, he was exposed to a unique environment, designed to mirror the real work setting and enable students to acquire both the soft and technical skills needed to succeed in the IT industry.
“Telerik Academy does a great job of introducing you to leading companies in the industry. Completing the program is challenging and requires time and a lot of effort, but in the end, it is the best way to build your knowledge, confidence and skillset to jumpstart your IT career.”
From sports therapy to software engineering
Valentin had a long way to go in order to transition from a sports therapist to a ninja junior developer. With Telerik Academy Alpha he managed to do this seamlessly within just 6 months and also meet his future employer – Tick42.
“Following a presentation from Tick42, I knew I wanted to be a part of the company and strived to achieve that goal. After graduating from Telerik Academy it took me less than a week to get my dream job. Now, almost a year later, I am happy with the choice I made.”
What attracted Valentin to the company was its strong team of seasoned experts and flat organizational structure.
“Tick42’s management is transparent, its goals and direction are openly shared and discussed within the team. Employees are also greatly valued, they have autonomy and their voice is heard. This coupled with the cool, intelligent and ambitious colleagues I have, makes for a great work environment.”
A job that excites and inspires
As a software developer, Valentin must always deliver quality code, following Tick42’s high standards. In order to do this, he must provide different approaches and solutions to the clients, be able to describe their advantages and disadvantages and ensure all requirements are met and implemented correctly.
“What excites me the most is working with a team of highly capable and enthusiastic colleagues, who challenge me to always think of a better solution, introduce me to new and interesting things and allow me to make my own decisions.”
Advice to the new students
“Spend as much time and effort as you can while studying at Telerik Academy Alpha. Do it with pleasure and have fun!"
Telerik Academy Alpha is an-depth practical training for a successful career start in IT. Our number one goal with every Alpha program and cohort is to prepare our students to land their first jobs in IT and help leading tech companies grow and scale by sourcing master junior talent.Read the story
An alumnus of the Harvard University and the German Film Academy in Berlin, Ivan Ivanov had a film directing career. When he decided to come back to Bulgaria, however, he realized he needed to pursue a more steady occupation. With previous experience in tech but no real-world programming skills, Ivan joined Telerik Academy Alpha to bring his personal story to a happy end.Read the story