If you want to change careers and get into web development, do it. Now is the time!Alumni Story: Egle Mekaite
How’s it going at Getapp? How long have you been working there now?
It’s going great, I’m very happy! I started a year ago on a six month temporary contract with six other people and three of us got offered a permanent contract as full stack software developers.
That’s awesome! How are you liking your new career in tech? It must be quite different from your previous job as a legal translator.
I imagined that it would be a lot of fun. I expected a relaxed, communal working environment and that’s exactly what I have. I’m very happy to be working at Getapp; the team is great and the senior developers are amazing mentors and really push us so that we grow as fast as possible. We have a lot of opportunities to gain experience and that’s great.
Also, as a company, Getapp is doing a lot for sustainability, equal rights, and has a great company culture - I feel very supported.
What comparisons can you draw between Ubiqum and working in GetApp?
One thing we were definitely prepared for was facing the unknown and taking the initiative to find the answer and turning to mentors only when we were really stuck. I think Ubiqum did a good job at preparing me for being employed as a developer. Like in Ubiqum, at Getapp we use Scrum, an agile framework, to manage our work. It took me no time to adjust.
Did you have any concerns about starting work as a developer?
I didn’t really have time to have concerns. I was busy searching for a job and then I quickly started receiving offers (even now I still receive offers). There wasn’t much time for it to sink in and for me to have concerns. Everything was so exciting. That said, I wasn’t sure that I would get kept on after the six months trial period and that was a concern for me as I really wanted to stay.
Has anything surprised you?
Yes, especially the way people treat each other. The world of developers is meant to share everything, but it’s the respect that people treat each other with that surprised me. On my team everyone is so kind and patient and people feel their work is valued. Everyone is always saying thank you.
How do you see your career progressing?
Hopefully, I’ll continue growing at the speed I’m at now. I feel I’m already progressing pretty quickly. The goal is to benefit from everything that Getapp has to offer in the next few years.
What excites you in your daily tasks as a developer?
Every time I get to do something new, that’s exciting. Constantly learning is exciting.
Now that you are actually working in web development, or more generally in the tech world, what would you say to someone considering changing careers?
What are you waiting for? If you want to change careers and get into web development, do it. Now is the time, and that won’t last. I think that Ubiqum’s Java Web Development program is designed to prepare you for this career change, and the fact that it’s five months long is important. Any shorter and you wouldn’t feel so prepared.
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