Say hello to the Junior Developers!

22.02.2018

Say hello to the Junior Developers!

Bilot has recently welcomed a new crop of Junior Developers to the company. We interviewed the guitar-playing, cat-loving, soon-graduating trainee trio to find out how they found their way to Bilot.

Hey guys! Quick introduction: what do I need to know about you?

Juha: My name is Juha and I’m 24 years old. I’m studying in Haaga-Helia and I will graduate this summer.

Leo: My name is Leo, I live with a cat, I would like to learn guitar, I’m always happy.

Alexander: My name is Alexander and I am very excited to join the Bilot family as a Junior Java Developer Trainee!

What’s your background? How did you get into coding?

Juha: When I was 16 years old, I had my first touch into coding in vocational school. I learned basic coding with Java and I felt like I was really good at it. After that school I still wasn’t sure what I want to do with my life, but when I started studying in Haaga-Helia it was very clear; I want to be a software developer! In my studies, I have learned a little bit of many areas. My strongest area is in the front-end coding, but I have also coded some web-applications with Java.

Leo: I always had ideas for programs but no skills to develop them, so I enrolled into Haaga-Helia.

Alexander: My way to programming started quite unexpectedly and coming more from an artistic background.  I was always doodling in my sketchbook and from there I started to get into computer graphics. While working in CG visualization studio, I began to learn game engines such as Unity and UE4, and this is where I first encountered programming. I found it very interesting to write scripts and add logic behavior to 3D assets, and probably since that time I defined my career as a developer.

What made you interested in Bilot as a company?

Alexander: I think that consulting really suits my personality. I find it very interesting to work from one project to another, to always keep my skills sharp and at the same time always challenge myself. So, I started to investigate the market and that is how I found Bilot.

Leo: I saw a recruitment ad for trainees in mol.fi and got in through Academic Work. I thought the recruitment ad was really laid-back and well-written and you could feel a “Bilot atmosphere” through it.

Juha: Actually, Leo was my recruitment ad! He’s my classmate from Haaga-Helia, and he told me a lot of good things about Bilot since he started here before me.

What were your first impressions of the company?

Alexander: Amazing feeling to be around the people who enjoy what they do!

Juha: I was impressed by your nice office and good people!

Leo: I was surprised that the people here were normal(ish). [Editor’s note: HEY.]

You’ve been here for about a month now. What are some main things that you have noticed about life at Bilot? What work have you been involved in so far?

Leo: People hang out and have fun all the time and do some work at the same time – or the other way around? I’ve done some images for a webstore documentation, and right now we’re starting on a real live customer project.

Alexander: For the last month I have been getting to know the SAP Hybris technology and got a chance to have a SAP training in Warsaw for a week. Like Leo said, currently we’re involved in a project for a big manufacturing customer.

It is awesome to be surrounded with professional people who are always willing to help and explain something. Sometimes I look at the people around me, and I often notice that they are smiling!

Juha: I have been in the office only one week because of the training trip in Poland, but I have noticed that people communicate a lot and the atmosphere is relaxed. I also noticed that you have very athletic and good floorball players, when I got my ass kicked by Bilot veterans… I need a lot of practice to get on their level.

So… do you like it here?

Leo: So far it has been a-w-e-s-o-m-e-!

Juha: After 2½ years of working in a warehouse alongside my studies, I really do!

Alexander: Yes! I feel myself very lucky to be surrounded by such a team.

Good to hear. Once again, welcome to Bilot! Now get coding.

And so they did.

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Bilot Junior Developers following along with Commerce lead Jussi.

Interested in working at Bilot with Leo, Juha, Alexander and the rest of us? Check out our open positions » and apply today!

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