Do you know that you can chan­ge care­er paths in Code­lab? Have a look at Damian’s expe­rien­ce who star­ted first as a softwa­re tester and then beca­me a softwa­re engineer. 

My jour­ney with Code­lab began back when I was on the second year of my col­le­ge – I was hired as a test engi­ne­er. It was my first con­tact (exc­lu­ding col­le­ge) with wor­king in IT. I got into the auto­mo­ti­ve pro­ject, it con­si­sted of per­for­ming tests on embed­ded devi­ce. The pro­ject was inte­re­sting – thanks to that and to very help­ful people in the pro­ject I “soaked in” quic­kly. Except for doing manu­al tests the­re was a need to wri­te auto­ma­ted tests from time to time, which gave me a lot of satis­fac­tion – this, and the fact that from the begin­ning of my stu­dies I was drawn to pro­gram­ming, pushed me towards the deci­sion to chan­ge my care­er path – from tester to programmer. 

the­re was no beating aro­und the bush, just from the begin­ning only the specifics

I infor­med my mana­ger abo­ut my deci­sion and her reac­tion sur­pri­sed me very posi­ti­ve­ly – she replied that she would try to find me a “men­tor” as soon as possi­ble, under who­se auspi­ces I would per­form the task in C++. Not even a week went by and I was assi­gned to a very expe­rien­ced pro­gram­mer. The task I was given was to cre­ate a custom SQL-based data­ba­se engi­ne using main­ly the mecha­ni­sms of the object-orien­ted para­digm in C++. My men­tor gave me posi­ti­ve feed­back on the code I wro­te, which ulti­ma­te­ly ope­ned the door to a care­er as a pro­gram­mer. In gene­ral, I am very ple­ased that the com­pa­ny is open to the deci­sions of employ­ees such as mine – the­re was no beating aro­und the bush, just from the begin­ning only the specifics. 

This is how I beca­me a softwa­re engi­ne­er in a few mon­ths (not coun­ting the time spent waiting for a suita­ble pro­ject). In my cur­rent pro­ject, I am wri­ting, debug­ging, modi­fy­ing scripts writ­ten in Python who­se task is to pro­cess a lar­ge amo­unt of data…