Time flies and we can already see that digital natives entered the work environment, however, they have done so in a very different way than what was customary until now.
With this in mind, we spoke with Alejandro González, Software Developer, the youngest Maker in the company to learn his story and his example. He also gave advice to those who are thinking of getting started in the tech world.
Alejandro is 20 years old and although he did not attend university, he has high knowledge and trajectory since he began his training as a developer at the age of 14, at which he began to explore the world of music with the support of YouTube and different programming forums, finding his way around the BackEnd profile.
In addition to training his skills in his own projects, the first thing he did was make a study of job offers and see what the requirements of the industry were and enhance his capabilities in that direction through online training. Thus, at 17 he became the CTO of a startup in which he led the development of all architecture.
“Not all experts go through the university. Currently, education does not keep pace with changes, the monetary cost is very great. One of the most beautiful things in the technological field is diversity, anyone can do it, it does not discriminate by capabilities because it is someone who can forge them, it is simply that you like what you do. For this there is no age, gender or color, there is only desire ”.
With his experience, Alejandro delivers the following tips:
1. Balance between personal and work life:
The new generations are looking for a career that really has a balance between what we are passionate about and good quality of life, which allows that freedom that human beings need.
2. Start with a personal project:
It is important to learn by doing and what better way to start than with something that you are passionate about and allows you to learn, make mistakes and constantly challenge you.
3. Work on your portfolio:
The way you present your work is important, it is your cover letter. There is no better endorsement of your skills than your own work. You have to look for and make opportunities and you have to go well prepared.
4. Know the industry:
Find out what knowledge is the most requested in the industry and become the best so that companies want to work with you.
5. Share what you know
The technological community is very noble, it embraces you and allows you to learn from the collective knowledge, so one must also contribute, it is reciprocal. Share what you know and receive what you need to be as multifaceted as possible.
6. Work on social skills:
The human factor is key. Many times it is thought that software development is a solitary activity, but on the contrary, it is a very active community and also when it comes to working, it is generally done as a team, so communicating and supporting each other is very important.
7. Where you are matters:
A good tip is to start in startups because you do everything and you learn a lot. But also look at companies that have a different chip and look at your talents and not your titles, which allows you to grow professionally and expand your knowledge.
Regarding his experience at Imagemaker, Alejandro commented: “I love Imagemaker because the team factor is very powerful. It is one of the things that one has to look for in a company. Challenging projects that allow you to get out of your comfort zone to solve challenges. "
This is how Imagemaker's people-centered strategy attracts young talent and those who see a new opportunity in technology.