I applied for Alpha C#, clearly understanding that I was going on a path full of challenges. So, from the very first day, I promised myself that I would strive every day to have a little more knowledge than the previous one and to compare myself only with myself. This turned out to be a hard thing to do - mainly because you constantly see the progress of the other students, which, while motivating, can also be daunting sometimes. However, the truth is that there are always things you're good at and others you're not so good at. Thinking about this has helped me a lot. When I looked back at the end of the program, I couldn't believe that I had learned so much compared to what I knew (or didn't know) at the beginning of this journey.
Another thing I learned during the Academy that we were encouraged to do in the program was that I don't need to know everything and that part of being a developer is to ask questions and not be afraid to ask for help.
I am glad that not only was I able to find a job immediately after graduating from the Academy, but from the very first day of work, I had an excellent foundation to build smoothly on. My other outstanding achievement is that I became part of the Alpha C# mentorship program, and the first students I mentored have already graduated.
The most valuable thing about Telerik Academy is that from the first day, the program Alpha C# is organized in a way that maximally prepares you for the real-work environment. The buddy groups we were split into, the teamwork on real projects, the fact that you don't get everything directly, but you also need to put in a lot of effort by yourself, even the relationships that are built in the program - everything is like a real-work environment, in which the equivalent of work is learning.
Another important thing for me from this journey is the friendships I built with the people in my buddy group, with whom, going through this adventure together, we became like a family.
The soft skills sessions were something exciting and valuable for me. To be honest, I am happy about the attention to these skills in the IT field because, unfortunately, in other industries, in my opinion, the topic is neglected. Most people think that we initially have such skills, but when we get to a topic related to soft skills, we realize that we haven't even thought about some of the things. That's why the topics we discussed during the soft skills sessions, and the way the information was presented to us, including the small group tasks we had, were precious.
For Borislava, Telerik Academy turns out to be the place where she makes a career change, prepares for the IT industry, learns crucial lessons, acquires valuable skills, and creates new friendships.
Are you ready to take on your journey to a successful IT career? Then don’t hesitate and apply to Telerik Academy Alpha C# by November 26.
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