INTERESTS: Watercolor and spending time with friends
Tell us more about where you are from and what you did before 42:
I’m from Ukraine. I studied applied math and learned some programming languages back in university. I also worked as a software engineer for 6 months while I was studying. But after graduating I didn’t do software engineering, instead, I worked in QA and as a technical support engineer. When I came to the United States I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do and after living in Silicon Valley for some time, getting into the tech field seemed like an obvious way to go. When I heard about 42 I thought it would be a great way to start.
Did you have any programming experience before 42?
I knew some Python, I did some courses online when I had time. While I was at university I studied a bunch of programming languages and had an idea of how to code, but it wasn’t in-depth. Later on, I wasn’t sure if this was what I wanted to do for a living. After moving to Silicon Valley I thought this was a great place to give it another chance.
What did you like best about your 42 experience?
I would say the community. I loved the people and I loved how the 42 program selected students – those who weren’t really into coding dropped it quickly and those who stayed were determined and hardworking. Spending time with those who made it through the piscine and stayed in the program afterward is something I enjoyed the most. Studying with my peers and developing projects together was very rewarding for me.
Is there anything that you do now at work that you don’t think would come as easily if you hadn’t attended 42?
Yes, I got the Filemaker internship through school and I would have never found out about this opportunity elsewhere. I think that the school projects and the entire curriculum is quite challenging, especially when you try to keep up with your peers’ progress. This really prepares you for real-world challenges out there. Anything that came up after my experience at school wasn’t as hard as I think it would have been if I hadn’t done the curriculum.
How did you get your foot in the door where you work?
The Filemaker partnership with 42 Silicon Valley gave me an opportunity to become an intern at a Filemaker Business Alliance company. After the internship I got a job offer, so 42 was essential in achieving that.
Describe what you do at Soliant Consulting:
I am an associate application developer at Soliant Consulting. Soliant Consulting provides custom software development solutions. What an application developer does there is client communication, development, support, and technical consulting.
What does your typical workday look like?
I work from home, so I don’t commute to work and my schedule is pretty flexible. I have an 8 hour work day and the first part of the day is usually internal or client meetings. The rest of the day I spend working on internal or client projects.
Would you recommend the 42 program and if so, why?
Yes, I would recommend the 42 program because the only thing that is required from you is your time. The piscine helps you really understand what the profession of software engineering will be like, so if you don’t like it you can leave the school without any financial consequences. If you do decide to go for it, you gain so much from the program. You learn how to code and you also get soft skills because you have to work in a team and you get to communicate with other people a lot. Whether you need help submitting a project or need help with a project there is always someone to help you. 42 has a friendly environment and it is great for studying software engineering.
Do you have any advice for 42 students when it comes to securing an internship or job?
Just go for it. Don’t hesitate, don’t think you aren’t ready yet or need to study more. Just go for it and see what questions you get asked, learn what your weaknesses are and next time you’ll be more prepared and confident. When you reach a level where the school allows you to participate in hackathons and interviews, make sure not to miss your opportunity.