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Meet Vanessa

Vanessa is an ambitious manager-gone-developer, a vocation that has impressed her peers enough to already land her a consulting employment as a new graduate.

Can you tell me a little bit about your position as a fullstack developer?

– I am working for a startup called Moblrn, which is focused on educational tech and offers a mobile learning platform. It’s a very cool solution nowadays when almost everyone has a phone always accessible and can do some learning on the go.

– I started mainly doing Frontend work for this project, but quickly felt the need to expand to the Backend and Devops areas. It is a very hands on project, since we are a small team, so it is handy when everyone knows the different aspects and stages that go into getting this product out there to the end user.

– I have found this setup quite interesting, since I am at the start of my developer career. Being able to try out different areas helps me decide which one I like the most and can potentially specialise in down the road.

How did you end up at Axakon?

– Before joining Axakon, I attended a web development bootcamp called Technigo. I am a career changer with previous experience as a Chef, so I was looking for the right education which would give me the skills necessary, but also offer guidance on how to prepare my profile to apply to jobs in tech.

– Technigo paired me up with a fantastic Career mentor. When the moment came to start sending out job applications, she recommended I get in touch with Axakon, referring to it as a “boutique consultancy agency with great clients”.

– A month after sending in my application, I got invited to start the interview process and three weeks after my bootcamp graduation I got started on my first developer job here at Axakon.

What would you say is the best part about working at Axakon?

– Axakon is a company which avoids having the whole corporate hierarchy structure. This makes it so that the communication is super transparent, everyone can get involved in the decision making and my opinion is heard and taken into account. I feel I have a say and can influence things related to my own and the company’s future. Besides that, the culture is amazing. There is always something going on, which gives you the chance to connect and have good conversations with colleagues outside of working hours. It quickly starts to feel like a family that you want to go back to and start planning the next fun thing to do.

Tell me about the biggest lesson that you have learned during your time at Axakon?

– I have learned to slow down and that it is okay to not know everything and be perfect. I come from an industry where a minute makes a difference, kitchens are super high paced, but development does not work like that. It is better to take the time to find an effective solution, than to rush and just make something work for the sake of delivering something. As a Junior, I also felt quite safe asking questions and spending some time doing extra research. The good contrast is that so far, my project has still been challenging enough to have a good balance between moving my learning further and collaborating with my seniors when necessary.

Do you have any advice for people interested in becoming an Axakonieer?

– Don’t hesitate, and get in touch with us now! I promise you are in for a treat, this one is truly a company shaped by its developers.