With an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Informatics, he had a strong interest in technology but no practical experience.
"Back in 2014, I tried to start a job in the field of programming and applied for a QA in a company I was recommended at. Unfortunately, the lack of experience and deeper knowledge deprived me of competing with other candidates, and I was not approved. And that ended my first and last attempt to start my path in the IT sector," added Hristo.
Therefore, when he decided to give his IT profession another shot, he needed an intensive online program entirely focused on developing job-ready skills.
Impressive one, if we may add!
"I started the Alpha program with zero practical knowledge of programming," shared Hristo.
He managed to stay motivated, work hard and pursue his new career. But this experience would not be the same without the unconditional support of his buddy group.
“I would not be able to finish the program itself if there were not for my wonderful colleague in my buddy group – Olga, Tanya, Drago, Moni and Milen. In my opinion, we were the most cohesive group, and we made the most progress – both individually and as a team. None of us left the program, and only a month after graduation, we were already hired as developers,” shared Hristo.
But those were not the only people with a crucial role in his successful career change.
This proved to be the key to his prompt life-changing journey - even faster than he could imagine!
"While the chances for graduation for students like me - taking care of two small children and working two jobs - are slim, they would be non-existent with self-paced programs," shared Hristo and added:
"Without the obligation to do something or the right environment, and people to pull you forward - you just can't make it that fast."
Hristo described the program as an irreplaceable experience that he would have again, adding:
"Telerik Academy equipped me with technical and soft skills knowledge and taught me how to work in a team, and better communicate with others. The Academy team connected me with my future employer, a company part of their partner network."
"I accepted a job offer less than two weeks after graduation. My new employers knew about my professional path so far and highly valued my discipline and courage to go through the Alpha program. They appreciated my individual and personal skills, which I developed during the soft skills module in the program."
As a result, Hristo started the new chapter of his professional life at the right place:
"I still have a lot to learn, and Grafixoft gives me the opportunity to further develop my personal and professional skills."
"If you decide to start an IT career, join the Telerik Academy Alpha program. You will receive all the knowledge and real opportunities needed to kickstart your developer career immediately after graduating from the Academy. Allocate as much as you can from your time to training, developing new skills, and becoming better at what you have decided to do. It will all be worth it!"
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