“Amdaris is a company that listens and responds to their employees. This creates a great environment for work and personal development.”
For our fourth edition of our ‘Future Leaders Spotlight Blog Series’, we’re speaking with Oleg Rotar, a Software Developer in our Moldovan office. Oleg initially joined the company as an intern, working at the company whilst studying for his degree. Upon his graduation, he began working at Amdaris full-time. Alongside his daily duties, Oleg also works as a mentor and a speaker for Amdaris, to help support other employees with their personal development and career progression.
Oleg expands on how his internship helped him to apply the knowledge he learnt at university into the professional IT world. He also dives into the benefits of being a mentor for both the company and for his own development.
What generated your interest in software development?
My interest in programming started from my computer science classes at school, when we started learning the Pascal programming language. From the beginning, I enjoyed the satisfaction that you get when you finally run a working application after spending a long time searching for a solution.
I also like that it relates to the real-world. I feel that when you encounter a problem in your life, you can solve it by writing a program that simplifies or automates some processes.
How did the skills you learned from the internship at Amdaris help with your university studies?
My internship at Amdaris allowed me to utilise the knowledge I gained from university and to choose the right path for me in my career. It really helped with my own personal and professional development. This has undoubtedly influenced both my approach to self-education and getting involved in university activities.
The skills I’ve learned at Amdaris have allowed me to progress in my university work, which will make my studies more efficient, helping me in the future.
What is your favourite part about working at Amdaris?
Amdaris is a company that listens to and responds to their employees. This creates a great environment for work and development. I know that if I’m faced with any obstacles related to my work, Amdaris will work with me to help solve the problem.
In what way has Amdaris supported you with your personal and professional development?
Amdaris provides employees with various development plans that support you throughout your career. I started at Amdaris as an intern, which was a big step for me in my development as a programmer and allowed me to enter this industry as a professional.
Amdaris also helped me with my English language skills when I first got the job which I am very grateful for. The company also encourages its employees to share their experiences with each other, giving us the chance to learn from each other’s work journeys.
Now I am a company speaker and a mentor, marking a new stage of my development and giving me the chance to help others.
What is your favourite part of being an Amdaris internship mentor and speaker?
I like having the opportunity to teach other people, this also helps with my own development. There is an expression that if you want to understand something better, then try to explain it to someone else, which is what this opportunity allows me to do.
As a mentor and a speaker, you have to think back to your fundamental knowledge. Revisiting these ideas gives me a greater understanding and allows me to better work through more complex issues.
Also, it’s very exciting to be a part of a novice developer’s journey!
What are your next plans for your professional development?
At the moment, my plans are to develop towards working on cloud platforms, such as Azure. Cloud platforms have become a vital technology for businesses, as they can help overcome the uncertainty and complexity of forecasting the market.
Many companies have had to rethink their current business models to move online, as well as quickly launch new products and organise virtual workspaces for remote employees. These factors increase the demand for cloud specialists who are capable of solving business problems in this area.
What advice do you have for young people interested in software development?
IT in general is a very cool and promising direction to go in. There’s enough space for everyone in this industry, especially for those who are good at their jobs.
I’d also say that it doesn’t really matter what programming language you learn, but it’s important to choose one that you enjoy.
The tech industry is constantly changing. The solutions that were relevant yesterday, may already be considered obsolete today, as technology changes very quickly. So in order to always remain in demand as a software developer, you need to be agile and flexible to these changes and always be willing to learn new things.