“It’s lovely and challenging at the same time to be an IT professional and teach the next generation of professionals”.
Catalin speaks softly and smiles, he obviously enjoys talking about this part of his life. Catalin is a Senior Java developer and a graduate of the first generation of Team Leaders Academy. Starting this year, he began teaching advanced programming for the 2nd year students at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Iasi, having three groups of approximately 70 students.
“I like a professional approach to a new project, things should be done thoroughly and be sustainable long term. If you work in the services industry (like us) with customers, but you are not responsible and accountable for what you do it is possible that the customer is pleased at the beginning, but if things go wrong he certainly won’t be satisfied anymore. And in that precise moment your hasty decisions impact not only you as a person, but also the team, the project and the company.
I started from this need and this is my goal: to manage to bring this mentality as a change in the way my students approach a project or a problem. I think that it is very important to help our younger colleagues to understand that a project must be understood, analyzed and only afterwards developed. Hastily adopted solutions can bring disadvantages in the long run.
This situation is a constant concern on my mind – I’ve held mentoring sessions both internal, within the company and with students who participated in the Internship program.”
It’s such a great feeling when students stop me on the street to tell me they passed an exam. I saw interest and determination in them over time, they were excited to show me what they’ve worked on, what initiatives they had. Their reaction gives me confidence and fuel to go on. I desire to repeat this experience in the next academic year“, Catalin confesses.