Internet of Things (IoT) has become an increasingly popular topic both in the tech world and beyond. Companies are tapping into its enormous potential providing solutions that can be deeply embedded in and transform our day-to-day lives. We are happy to have one of these companies among our partners - Bosch Software Innovations (Bosch SI). To tell you more about their Bulgarian office and the talent they’re looking for, we sat and talked with Jordan Simeonov, Head of Backend Products at Bosch SI Sofia and Chief Product Owner of the Bosch IoT Manager. Jordan has more than 20 years of experience in the tech industry – in positions such as Developer, Software Architect, Project/Product Manager.
What does Bosch Software Innovations do?
Bosch Software Innovations designs, develops and maintains software solutions for the Internet of Things. This includes key areas such of mobility, smart city, energy, manufacturing, agriculture and health, as well as smart homes and buildings. We develop and support the Bosch IoT Suite – a cloud-based Platform as a Service, which allows for secure and efficient interaction between various devices, users and enterprise systems.
Our Bulgarian office is responsible for the implementation and operation of some of the key Bosch IoT Suite components. We also oversee and execute many customer projects focused on IoT.
Why did you choose to partner with Telerik Academy?
Telerik Academy offers a unique approach towards its students. The Academy's alumni are among the best junior software developers you can find due to the intensive and detailed education they go through. The standards and technical level are always high and graduating students are well-prepared for the real business world.
What skills are you looking for in a junior software developer?
The most important traits Junior Software Developers must have are willingness and ability to learn new things fast. The education and general knowledge of the programming principles and paradigms are of great plus as well.
What does your recruitment and on-boarding process include?
The selection of new people usually consists of two to three steps: a written Java test followed by a face-to-face interview. In addition, there might be an optional programming task as a homework assignment. When it comes to onboarding new team members, we typically allocate 3-6 months for trainings that are led by a dedicated coach and the other team members. In the beginning, newcomers will not be assigned with mission-critical production tasks. We rather give them enough time for training and onboarding.
What is your advice to people who are now starting to code?
In order to be a successful developer, you have to love writing code in the first place. You must also be self-motivated to learn new programming techniques, algorithms, languages and tools.
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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