Remember Tarik Dahić from our last ‘From Intern to Employee’ post? We mentioned how Tarik was on the winning team for our first ever Hackathon. I am proud to introduce you to one of his winning teammates, peer, and current colleague, Anes Sprečić!
Anes is originally from Gracanica but attended the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the University of Tuzla. In October of 2018, while completing his studies, Anes and his team won the Bicom Systems Hackathon. All team members were offered internships and got put on the same team. A year and a half later, Anes is now a full-time software developer on the Meeting team at Bicom Systems!
Read the Q&A we had with Anes to learn about the projects he is working on, a book recommendation to reduce mindless internet usage, and what excites him most about the technology we use!
Tell us why you chose to do an internship with Bicom Systems.
“Out of all the options in Tuzla, Bicom Systems seemed to have the most varied technology stack. I could learn and gain experience in various fields and achieve experience in a “full-stack” product. I also heard great things about the company, so I decided to take the opportunity when it arose.”
Now that you are a full-time employee, what challenges have you come across thus far?
“The most challenging thing is the adjustment from being a student to being an employee in such a short amount of time. I have to take my work much more seriously and take more responsibility for it now.”
What kind of work would make you excited to get out of bed on Monday morning?
“The only thing that would get me excited on a Monday morning would be no work at all 😂! But alas, work must be done.”
Do you have any techniques or tools you use to keep yourself organized?
“Even though I am a really forgetful person, I personally don’t use anything at all organizational-wise. Thankfully, we use Jira tickets and Gitea issues at work to keep information organized, instead of in my head. 😂”
What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now?
“The recording feature for gloCOM Meeting. It’s a good mix of moderate complexity for me, and it has immense value for us as a company! I’ve learned a lot while developing it, and it has parts that are quite low level and high level, so it requires engaging both ways of thinking. I gotta say though, things didn’t go smoothly in the beginning… but that’s a learning experience!”
What excites you the most about the technology we use?
“The most exciting technology of them all is what is used for the backend of gloCOM Meeting: erlang. I’m a big fan of functional programming and anything related to it. I think it’s a great opportunity to be able to work with it, and hopefully one day I’ll be able to.”
Do you have any favorite industry websites, books, or other resources?
“I don’t keep up that much with the latest of the latest, but I do like to browse Hackernews for 5-10 minutes a day. They are usually curated to be only the best stuff. But I have taken it upon myself to reduce mindless browsing on the Internet, so I try to keep it to a minimum. Speaking of which, The Shallows by Nicolas Carr is a great book for anyone interested in reducing mindless internet usage!”
What advice do you have for future interns or people thinking of applying for an internship?
“I would say, definitely go for it and take a leap of faith! Any experience is a good experience. Especially here at Bicom Systems, you won’t be disappointed with the people, technologies, benefits, or generally anything.
For me, it was crucial to learn in college and apply it in my work while I was learning. It gives you a different perspective in both work and studies and will enhance both experiences.”
Do you have any more questions for Anes? Or about Bicom Systems internships? Comment below!