This year, we are celebrating our 17th birthday! We are growing and learning each day, but throughout the process, some things have followed us from the beginning – like the philosophy that we stand for, and the values that we nurture as a team.
The cooperation with our clients and partners can be described through our credo: Implement Your Vision! Why did we choose this particular statement, and what makes it so fitting and in line with the ICodeFactory values?
Firstly, cooperating with ICodeFactory means more than instructing software engineers and waiting for the end results. Our method of work involves actively taking part in the processes required to get the best result possible. We always have one goal in mind – to create the best solution that suits the specific client’s needs. Every organization is different, and we are very much aware of that – there is no such thing as one perfect approach for everyone!
The team of skilled software engineers at ICodeFactory is what makes us the company that we are today. But there is another part of our success – we are also the proud partners of three renowned faculties in Novi Sad: Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Sciences and Faculty of Technical Sciences. These partnerships have produced many positive results supporting our common goal of providing learning and development opportunities for students and our employees. It also gives us the unique chance to cooperate with amazing smart people, who are experts in a variety of scientific fields. This is an invaluable asset and addition to our company's know-how!
Since we have experience in more than ten industries, with many projects under our belt, we gladly use our domain knowledge and help our clients build up from any stage of an idea. Sometimes it helps to get the opinion of experts to find the best path. So don't worry if you do not have a clear-cut plan of action – we can start from scratch! We have done that many times and have created amazing results.
We are happy to say that we have helped many organizations on their road to development. So far, we have cooperated with companies of a variety of sizes and backgrounds, from a number of startups to well-known international enterprises. While we are experts in developing enterprise software solutions, we have also successfully cooperated with a number of growing teams, who have continued their path of advancements since. Many of them evolved into successful companies with high-quality products.
In these past 17 years, we have found to be a perfect fit with those who have ambition to launch their new ideas just as much as those who want to take their existing ones to the next level. If you are looking for an IT partner, contact us and let’s find out how we can Implement Your Vision!
„Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.“
Robert Louis Stevenson
There is a common misconception that internships are a one-way street, where it is implied for interns to act as the right hand of their mentors and do as told, rather than a two-way path from which both interns and mentors can learn. In this article, we will overcome that myth by sharing yet another positive experience with summer internships at ICodeFactory.
Why an internship?
Firstly, an internship is a great way for students to network inside the business world and pave the route to their first job in a professional career. It represents a key to many doors young enthusiasts can open and further hone their technical, but more importantly, soft skills. It has never been more important to learn through practice. Why? Following worldwide project cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic, internship numbers have also, naturally, decreased. Regardless, the good news is: the value of learning through professional experience is still relevant into the 2022, which gives us an insight into the motivational factors of students. Last but not least, internships give students something valuable outside their summer vacation.
What is the flip side?
When the other side of the coin is turned, the question is - what is the value of internships to employers? The answer is straightforward – plenty. As was already noted, internships at ICodeFactory serve as a learning opportunity for both students and our team. Through internships, we put our values which include knowledge transfer, encouragement of young people as well as the desire to acquire new experiences into practice. We feel that any fresh idea is a place where we, as experts can grow and move forward. Therefore we provide our interns the freedom and encouragement to actively share their ideas and suggestions at every stage of the process.
A win-win situation
Every year, we offer a variety of internships in the field of Software Development, Business Development as well as Human Resources. During the 2022 ICodeFactory Summer Internship program, our interns have gotten the chance to experience real-working situations involving their future career paths and interests. Apart from the professional skills they were able to acquire, putting the theory from books into practical tasks, they also developed a sense of teamwork and collaboration.
Some of them shared their thoughts on the experience:
„The whole internship was a very useful and important experience for me. We had the opportunity to see what a working day, in reality, means, which will definitely contribute to my problem-solving skills in the future.“
„I enjoyed the fact that I could expand my knowledge on the current trends in technology. We were provided with all the necessary literature in order to learn what was required of us. Also, the atmosphere and the environment were very pleasant.“
„Mentors and the team were helpful at every moment, and willing to share their knowledge on the topic. During the internship, I had the opportunity to work on a web application in the .NET framework for the first time and realized that I want to further improve my knowledge on the topic.“
„What I liked about the internship was the fact that I could learn about HTML, CSS, JAVA Script, C#, Git and more. Also, I experienced what working within a team really means.“
What are the next steps?
The first steps into a professional career do not have to be nerve-racking and exhausting. They should be viewed as a secure environment, where you can make mistakes and take lessons from them. Every year, on multiple occasions, we organize internships for motivated students who are ready to take initiative and push themselves out of their comfort zone. In partnership with the Faculty of Sciences, Faculty of Technical Sciences and the Faculty of Economics, we are happy to be able to continue our mission of sharing knowledge and giving new opportunities to young enthusiasts.
If this story has motivated you, and you wish to learn more, feel free to reach out through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our team is waiting on you!
Companies in all sectors are facing the same challenge - how to overcome the increasing skills gap that is taking momentum in almost all domains of work?
It is no secret that the skills gap is expected to rise. In fact, talent shortage is expected to cause a loss of $8.5 trillion by 2030 in the United States alone, according to PwC. Most decision-makers believe that this threat will be the biggest business disrupter in the upcoming years. The situation is pressing the businesses to make serious changes in strategy, and to do it fast because the results could make all the difference in their competitive positioning.
Upskilling and Hiring for Skills
In line with all this, a common dilemma for the decision-makers is: Do we have to invest more in upskilling or in hiring for skills? Both seem like equally viable options you would choose from when faced with a shortage of talent.
Many employers have reported having trouble finding the right qualifications, while hiring managers anticipate a significant shift in the required skills for jobs today. Not only this, but most of the existing work force also worry that their skills could become less relevant in the future, and they would therefore be willing to develop their skill set in order to stay up to date. It turns out this is legitimate reasoning, as The World Economic Forum states half of today’s workforce will need reskilling by 2025. And yet, most companies still do not choose to invest significantly in the further training of their employees. Research by Salesforce shows that, while three in four workers believe they do not have the skills required by their company, only 28% are participating in training programs.
Upskilling is the effort of advancing team members' skills through continuous education and training. What this really means is investing in your team, the people who already have an in-depth knowledge of the company culture and clients’ needs.
Not only does this help in closing the skills gap, but it is also found that up to 94% of employees would choose to stay longer in a company that actively invests in their careers. Upskilling has been shown to bring an increase in loyalty, build a community and increase productivity.
All of this makes upskilling a reasonable option, but many organizations are still hesitant to implement it. The main factors in play are financial constraints and the availability of the right technology to support the initiative.
While upskilling is indeed a long-term investment and it cannot be expected to be without a cost – it has been shown that upskilling makes, on average, only a third of the cost of recruiting.
What is the right solution for your organization?
In almost 20 years of developing enterprise software solutions and training thousands of IT professionals, the ICodeFactory team of engineers has recognized the ongoing challenges in a variety of domains of work. The skills gap is currently at the top of that list, and we approach it accordingly. With a team of experienced Microsoft Certified Trainers, we listen closely to the clients' needs and create the solutions that help in overcoming their current obstacles in creating the best results possible.
If your business is facing the same challenges and you are looking for the best approach to upskill your employees, you can sign up for our mailing list through this link and receive a free consultation session with our training experts. We will analyze your company processes and suggest the best custom solution for your team accordingly. Let us help you in maximizing your people’s true potential!