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Setapp Academy: How mentorship program boosts our soft skills

At Setapp, we care about learning and expanding our expertise. When we came up with an idea for an internship program, we didn’t only think about our future interns’ growth. What was of high importance to us, was that our current employees can work on their leadership skills.

Last time we interviewed Asenata, our intern in the development department. She shared her thoughts on her time at Setapp and what she gained from the Internship Program. This time we want to show you how the internship at Setapp looks from the other side - from the perspective of a mentor. Maciej, our software developer, took a very responsible role of being a mentor to Asenata. Let’s check what this internship meant to him!

Why did you decide to take part in the internship program?

I was looking for some challenges that would differ from my everyday programmer responsibilities and I felt the need to improve my soft skills. Moreover, working with people brings me joy, so when an opportunity presented itself, I was sure that’s the way I want to go. Our HR department suggested that we would be kicking off with the pilot internship program in our company and it coincided with me taking part in coaching sessions in order to guide me through my career path. I decided to give it a try and volunteered. 

Together with HR department, we decided that we would do something that could be beneficial for our intern Asenata and for the company. We didn’t want to develop application that wouldn’t be used and would be just easily forgotten. We decided to go with the absolutely interesting app I cannot share details right now (because it’s still in progress). I knew that joining internship program would allow to be part of the team of worthwhile project.

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How do you feel as a mentor? Did you find out something new about yourself?

It’s a great responsibility to be somebody’s first mentor. At first, I was concerned that I can’t pass knowledge in the right way. It’s tricky to find a balance between what you know and what novice programmer would need to learn. What is more, there is also a matter of what mentee actually expects they would learn and their involvement in whole internship process. 

Asenata is ambitious and she put a lot of pressure on me so she would learn as much as possible. But the fact that she was so much into improving her skills also motivated me more. We created a process that allowed me to divide time between my regular job and mentoring so it would be beneficial for both of us. My heart is filled with joy to see her making progress and becoming a better developer.

What I found out about myself is how much I can commit to whole project process that is not development. I was taking part in designing application, monitoring it’s development progress, delivering it. I felt responsible so Asenata would not only learn during the internship but also she would deliver meaningful, working application. I’ve also ensured that the better somebody’s understanding about the reasons behind the project, the easier it is to develop and be committed into it. I saw Asenata really putting a lot of effort into this and she was more willing to learn after she got to know the purpose of the application.  

I have also experienced how easy it is to get help from other departments, how easy everyone gets involved and wants to have an impact on the app functionalities and look and how all of this can bring more chaos than be helpful when it’s getting out of control. But we managed to work out a solution that was agile and satisfied everybody. 

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What in your opinion can Setapp teach interns?

Many experienced developers work at Setapp and they are a huge knowledge base that could be shared. Many of these programmers could make a great mentor for interns. But that’s not only about programming. In Setapp we have experienced people in various areas for instance design, management, hr. You can come here and profit from people that kindly share their expertise.

When it comes to programming internship, you’ll learn the basics of development. In Setapp we don’t teach you specific programming language but we can guide you which one you could choose. We can show you the best practices of coding, show pros and cons of different solutions, help to find the balance between fast delivery and clean deliberate code. We can show you how to code efficiently in languages we are experts in and give you tips on others.

But we will also show you what modern developer should be aware of - that actual coding is only a part of this job. That it’s great if you not only know what you do but also why you do it. That you can and should have an impact on decisions about which way project is going by taking actively part in design meetings, being close to client. You will see all of it for yourself on the example of how we really work in Setapp.

Would you recommend participating in the program to others?

People think that being a mentor is probably not for everyone but I say you should give it a try. You shouldn't be forced, don't do this if you are not interested in putting effort to developing others. But if you're ready to share your knowledge, with a little help of HR guys you can become real mentor and you would get satisfaction out of helping young programmers.

Same goes about becoming an intern - I would totally recommend it.  Even if you are not experienced but you want to learn, Setapp is the place where you can actually shape your career path and improve a variety of skills from kind and supportive coworkers.

 

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21 February 2019Comments are off for this post.

How Setapp Academy creates space for young developers’ growth

If we really care about the future we need to focus on the present.  That’s why at Setapp we’ve decided to establish the Internship Program to support young talents interested in the IT area during their professional beginnings.  It’s inspiring to be surrounded by bold people constantly curious about everything around them. We believe that both sides can gain by exchanging experiences, ideas and energy.

Setapp has always been attracting extraordinary minds, continuously hungry for self-development.  Therefore, we are looking for people determined and passionate about what they do. Meet our first Intern - Asenata. Asenata is a student at Stanisław Staszic High School in Nowy Tomyśl. She became our intern through Poznan's University of Technology (Politechnika Poznanska) program aiming young talents. Asenata shared her thoughts with us about her internship at Setapp.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Asenata, I am 18 years old and I have recently started my adventure with Setapp. I have been passionate about computer programming since always. When I came across web development I decided to make my best efforts to become the most efficient web developer I can be. My biggest motivator is being able to make my own contribution to changing the world through projects that matter.

Why Setapp?

When you are at the beginning of your journey you do not really know what to expect 'in real life' from development environment. You are quite unsure about how to bring your dreams into specific actions, so what you are looking for is a friendly community of open-minded, experienced people, passionate about what they do, able to show you the way to achieve your goals. That is what I found at Setapp. Not only I can receive an in-depth technical training, including best programming practices, but what is more I am surrounded by people willing to help me to find my own path through web development, making it more significant.

What did you learn?

During only first two weeks of Internship I have learnt many lessons in relation to working as a web developer. From used technologies to dealing with clients. My mentor pointed me specific technical issues, needed to create useful product from scratch. Working on my own project I could implement most of them. I could take a closer look at teamwork, understanding the main assumptions about scrum. While spending time with HR's crew I have been taught what qualities a perfect employee should have, how to deal with job interviews and how software industry works in general. However the most important lesson for me is about the positive attitude and constant growth mindshift regardless small or bigger obstacles.

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What makes a good mentor?

Obviously, a good mentor should be an embodiment of patience and be approachable to new ones. My mentor at Setapp, Maciej, has both.  He has spent time with me getting to know my possibilities, to assign me well thought out tasks which let me grow my coding skills. I have always felt free to ask him for help or further instructions. Thanks to his skills and experience as a developer, which is another vital quality a good mentor should have, I could gain a good understanding of used  technologies, getting to know what is 'under the hood'.

What was the most interesting part of your Internship?

The most interesting part of my Internship was participating at team meetings and following plenty of actions, made to create a perfect product. Seeing how everyone's effort turns into specific software features is really motivating.

Did the Internship meet your expectations?

Internship at Setapp exceeded my expectations so far and it does not refer only to coding training. I feel fully supported by experienced people, who care about my future career and share with me their experience.

Do you think the Internship was beneficial to your future career?

Dealing with actual web development issues and being around highly skilled developers gave me many opportunities to improve, preparing myself to entering the job market. Gaining such experiences so early will definitely have a positive influence on my future career.

If you were to name 5 reasons why this Internship will benefit you, these would be…

This Internship is a perfect way to learn about what I am passionate about and put it into practice, achieving my goals. Pointing out what I think is most beneficial for me at Setapp I would say:

  • In-depth programming training
  • Team experiences
  • Company of professionals
  • Support when it comes to planning my career path
  • Friendly environment of people passionate about solving problems through technology

Note: Asenata's answers are original and have not been changed in any aspect

 

Stay tuned for our next articles on Setapp Academy!

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