Two years, four steps, one goal: to take you on the IT journey of your life!
I really enjoy working with a small team, building stuff people really use!
… If you would have told me one year ago, that I would be telling you why I love the technical challenges of software development, I probably wouldn’t believe you. And yet, here I am.
What is your background?
I studied Information Science at Utrecht University before I started working at bol.com. Although Information Science is related to IT, its focus is more on using software to help organizations and consumers than on developing software. Of course part of the study were some basic courses on software development. But my real introduction to developing software was when I started the Young Professional program of bol.com.
So your real introduction of Software Development started at bol.com, what where your expectations?
I never thought of myself as someone who would like to develop software. I learned it, because I knew it would be a nice skill to have. Software Engineering was not something I wanted to do during the rest of my career, but then something strange happened. I actually started to enjoy writing code and thinking about how projects should be organized. Even the infrastructure that services run on started to sound really interesting!
The bol.com Young Professional program has been a great help in finding out what I really like to do. Within the program you get a lot of freedom to find out what you really like. When you have a good idea, you actually get time to work on it. For example, a small group of colleagues and I built bol.com’s own academy. This is an internal platform for hosting all our development and testing training. During this time I learned a lot about infrastructure, about code and about collaborating with other people than your team members. But most of all I learned how much I enjoy working with a small team, to build something that people really use. Something I’d like to do for the years to come.