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Time to meet the Android Developer at Angry Nerds, Aleksandra!
A few years ago I was moving to Wrocław, and decided to look for a new job there. I already had a few years of experience as an Android developer and I knew I wanted to work for a software house. I have worked both for corporations and software houses before, and the workflow of the latter suits me better. I did some research on the popular websites with IT job offers, read some reviews on Clutch, and asked some friends.
Angry Nerds was in my top 3, and let’s be honest - they had the best name :D But the name was not everything. At that time the recruitment meeting was led by Michał and Sławek - the bosses. That was a bit unusual to me, and I was a little stressed at the beginning, but after some time I felt we really clicked. Leaving the office I actually felt I wanted to work with these guys. Now it’s me who leads most of the recruitment calls, and I really hope our candidates think the same of me :)
About reasons why I am still here, I probably won’t be original, and point out two things: projects and people. In Angry Nerds it’s really hard to get bored. We develop multiple projects that use multiple technologies. We always try to be up to date with tech, and even if you are not working on a project that uses particular technology, you can talk with the part of the team that develops it. I really value our Android community because you can always learn something new from them. Also, it’s not true that Android and iOS developers hate each other - I have some really good iOS friends in Angry Nerds! :)
To be (an Android dev) or not to be. With a 3D-printed skull.
My favorite project is definitely the one I’m currently working on. It’s a mobile app that lets you communicate with some external sports equipment. I’ve always been interested in topics related to app <-> devices communication, and this is not the first project of this type I developed for Angry Nerds - we created some apps that used both BLE and WiFi communication. But this was the first one I built from scratch and for which I am fully responsible.
Usually when you are a less experienced developer, you mostly focus on making things work and not on how they work, then when you join an existing project you often don’t change its architecture because there is no time nor resources for it. With this particular project I had both enough knowledge and time to focus on the good architecture, and create a project that after more than a year I still like working on, I’m pretty proud of it, and I think that future developers that join this project will also enjoy it. I also really like the client we are working with.
I don’t want it to sound cliché, but I think that when the client knows the team working on their project, and we have got personal face-to-face contact, it’s good for both sides because we start treating each other as real people, and not some third parties.
I have many, but let me name two of them. First of all, I love all kinds of mysteries and brain teasers (probably this is why I became a programmer :). I like reading mystery/crime books, watch movies of that type but also solve various riddles and games - for the last couple of years one of my favorite activities are escape rooms. It’s a kind of a game where you are locked in a room full of riddles, and you have 1 hour (sometimes it’s more) to solve them all and get out of the room.
Usually you have to go there with a team, because the riddles often require cooperation. Some rooms are built with a particular theme which creates an amazing atmosphere - there are some really great escape rooms in Wrocław, so if you ever visit the city I really recommend you to go to an escape room.
As for my second hobby, for the last couple of years I train pole dancing. It’s always good to take your mind off work, and do some physical activity. If you are not familiar with pole dance, let me explain that usually it is much more about strength and flexibility than just dancing. It activates most of your muscles but at the same time it looks so delicate - that’s why I love it.
Ok, that one will sound super cliché :) Pretty much the same time I started working as an Android Developer I became an organizer of Women in Technology meetings in Cracow. For the next few years with the rest of the team we organized multiple events like meetups, workshops and conferences, but for me the most important was the mentoring program.
We did a couple editions of it, and I had a chance to be a mentor on a few. I was helping my mentees in developing their Android skills, and in general sharing some IT-related knowledge. One of the happiest moments in my life was when I found out that my mentees actually got their first jobs or internships.
They of course did a great amount of work to achieve this, but it makes me really happy to know that I helped them, even a little bit, on their way. In general, I try to get involved in initiatives like that if I can, because I know they bring a real value to other people’s lives.
International Women's Day meetup by Google Developers Group Wrocław & Women Techmakers Wrocław
This is not a single line, but actually an entire screen. There is this TV comedy series called Brooklyn 99. In one of the episodes the main character, det. Jake Peralta, orders the suspects to sing `I want it that way` by Backstreet Boys. This scene is pure gold, even if you are not a Backstreet Boys fan :)
I would definitely be a llama. I love llamas. I have llama socks, llama pajamas, teddy-bear llama, and there is even a llama on my professional card. Llamas are the best <3
We’re delighted that Aleksandra decided to join Angry Nerds – it’s been great having them on board! If you have any questions or want to get to know Aleksandra or one of their colleagues from the Android Developer team, we can put you in touch. Don’t hesitate to reach out!
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