It is often heard that the expert used to be a beginner, and we believe that this saying should be an important reminder for everyone. We can all relate to how challenging starting a new chapter can be, especially when it comes to entering the “real world“ and getting your first professional opportunity.
Here at ICodeFactory, we recognize how important it is to start your career the right way and we love meeting young talents! That is why we often organize internships, which are a great way for students and graduates to discover if a particular career path is the right one for them and see what it is like to be a part of an organization. Internships are usually the first professional experience for young people and they provide the opportunity to apply all the theoretical knowledge students have gained over the years and see how things work in practice.
In addition to finding out how different tasks and activities may look like in a particular workplace, internships are excellent for learning more about teamwork, communication, feedback, and many other valuable skills needed when working in a team and solving the toughest business challenges.
For us, having interns and employees whose personal values are compatible with the company’s values is very important. ICodeFactory stands for lifelong learning, sharing knowledge, being open to new ideas and much more, therefore, we organize our internships in a way to help interns and future colleagues really see how these values are reflected in everyday work.
So far, we have had the opportunity to organize various activities for young people of different backgrounds and we have met amazing talents with different personalities and set of skills. This year was the first time we organized a conference dedicated to students, introducing them to real projects, training and sharing advice on how to write a great CV and prepare for their first interview. If you are curious to know more about it, check out our article ICodeFerenceYouth.
When it comes to internships, they vary every year, depending on the projects and activities we are working on. It is always a very exciting time when new people join us and we do our best to make them feel like they are part of our team. We wanted to mention some of the internships we have held lately and their most common tasks:
- Software Engineer Trainee – Of course, as an IT company, we have internships for our future IT colleagues. As a Microsoft Gold partner, we are using .NET technologies to develop software solutions. During this internship, with the guidance of our Microsoft Certified trainers, students get to work in a dynamic team environment and take part in the realization of cutting-edge ideas.
- Sales Assistant Trainee – This position is intended for someone with a background in economics, business, management, or other related fields. It is for someone who is very well organized, wants to develop their communication skills by communicating with clients and getting to know sales processes in the IT industry.
- Marketing Internship – For students who are analytical, interested in marketing and social media, this is a great opportunity. Marketing is evolving more and more every day, and this is an excellent position for someone who is willing to constantly learn, loves planning and creating new content.
- HR Assistant Trainee – This is an internship for those with a background in psychology, management, or other related fields. During the internship, activities are focused on recruiting and selecting candidates, learning and development, and many other processes that are part of daily activities of someone in the HR department.
- Design Internship – An opportunity for students who love creating and turning ideas into reality. Innovative design is always needed, and this is an excellent position for those who are interested in getting practical experience in this area.
One thing we are very proud of is that some of our employees who have been with us for a long time started their journey as interns. If you are interested in learning more about how someone’s journey in ICodeFactory can look like, check out articles about our amazing colleagues, Marija and Milo. If you want to hear more about internship opportunities, feel free to reach out to us or send us your CV at email@example.com. We would be more than glad to answer all your questions!
This year marks the 15th anniversary of ICodeFactory. The main goal throughout these years has always been to deliver success to individuals and companies and help them implement their vision by using our expertise in technology and creating innovative solutions that bring great value.
To create successful projects and continually improve your knowledge, develop expertise and resources, it is important to choose partners you can rely on to make these things possible. It has been more than a decade of partnership between Microsoft and ICodeFactory, and this year we are pleased to announce that ICodeFactory has once again earned the status as Microsoft Gold Partner.
To achieve a Microsoft Gold competency, partners must successfully complete exams to prove their level of technology expertise, have a staff with advanced Microsoft certifications and submit customer references that demonstrate successful projects. By being a Microsoft Gold Partner, customers can easily identify companies that have proven their commitment and competence when delivering Microsoft technologies. This is the highest level of competence and it means constantly delivering high quality services and developments.
This partnership allows us to continuously expand our knowledge, work faster and with the latest technology, have exclusive access to Microsoft tools, technical support, updates, and other useful information to help us provide the best user experience. We are happy to say that this partnership reflects the quality and variety of our technical competencies and our expertise, as well as the level of customer satisfaction.
If you are interested to learn more about how to benefit your business, our Certified Microsoft experts are here to hear your ideas and implement your vision!
In the light of the 15-year existence of ICodeFactory and sharing knowledge with others, we have announced that our internal conference ICodeFerence will be dedicated this year to students, under the new name ICodeFerence Youth 2021.
As we all know, ICodeFactory has always been the team that pays great attention to professional development, learning and sharing knowledge. In alignment with that, this year we decided to help students start their careers the right way and also, we were curious to hear what motivates students, what are their professional ideas or career dilemmas.
To get the answers, we did a quick survey to see what interests students have and what they wanted to learn at ICodeFerence Youth, so we would know what to focus on the most while preparing the conference.
Throughout the three sessions we held on April 8th, we covered the most important topics to help students get a better understanding of real-world projects and work as an employee:
• Student projects vs Real-world projects
• Importance of IT certification; Microsoft Certification Training sponsored by ICodeFactory; programs for students at ICodeFactory
• My career path and how to get a job
During the session Student projects vs Real-world projects, our panelists advised students to use the time at the faculty in a better way, to prepare for teamwork, learn together and to observe the student projects as if they were for a client.
One piece of advice was to do a lot of research and create a wider picture of the project because that is how better solutions come. Our colleague Boško advised the attendees to make a five-year plan and not to allow small distractions to turn them off the road. At the end of the panel discussion, our CEO shared his personal experience and advised students to always try to understand everything they are doing, and why lifelong learning can be an exceptional potential for professional successes and advanced career goals.
Students also had an opportunity to hear all information about Microsoft Certification Training sponsored by ICodeFactory, how to apply to this program and what are the requirements for interviews. Every year the interest in this training is higher, and since the number of participants is limited, attendees had several questions about how to prepare better for selection.
The final session, My career path and how to get a job was a highly requested one. Nowadays, knowing which opportunity to take and how to get ready for the selection process can be a game changer when starting your career. Our attendees received a lot of advice, especially regarding on why professional development is so important, as well as how to write a CV, a cover letter, and how to prepare for an interview.
If we could sum up all the lessons shared that day into one message, it would be that the key to professional development is exploring and finding new ways of gaining and spreading knowledge. Knowledge only grows by usage and by investing in knowledge and education, we invest in our future.
Thanks to everyone who made this happen, especially our panelists and lecturers for their time and for sharing their knowledge. Also, thanks to all of our attendees for their presence and for asking questions. We hope this conference has fulfilled your expectations and that you have learned a lot.
Dear students, choose wisely where and how will you start your career. See you next year or sooner, who knows, maybe some of our attendees become our team members and speakers for the next ICodeFerence Youth.