Meet Vladimir, Nortik's backend developer

Vladimir Jakišić
Vladimir Jakišić
Published: 22.04.2022

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Time to meet the Backend Developer at Nortik Software Solutions, Vladimir!

Why did you join Nortik, and what has kept you here?

For me, the two base pillars of any company are its projects and its people. From the very beginning, it was obvious that Nortik Software Solutions didn't lack any of those.

Colleagues are highly professional, knowledgeable and supportive people and I'm happy to say that I've become friends with many of them. Projects, on the other hand, are diverse and, while working on them, I had a sense that I was doing something meaningful and that I really helped end users have a better experience. These projects challenged me as a software engineer and I believe they really helped me become a better and more skillfull developer.

If I'd have to describe the Nortik Software Solutions in one word, it'd definitely be "ambitious". Management has a clear, highly ambitious plan for how to grow the company and at the same time help employees grow themselves as well. It's an atmosphere I thrive in and the one I'd like to remain in as long as possible.

Vladimir at the office

What are your primary responsibilities and what does your day-to-day look like?

At the moment I have three roles in the Nortik Software Solutions: Interviewer, mentor, and software engineer.

As an interviewer, I help with the selection and interviewing of candidates that applied for the position of a backend developer in our company. As a mentor, I help guide interns who have taken their first steps in backend development.

Most of my time, however, is spent working as a software engineer. For nearly a year I've been working as an engineer on the backend of one of Germany's top streaming services. Aside from maintaining and developing the complex infrastructure of the said platform, a good chunk of time spent on this project is dedicated to attending various meetings, which are mainly dedicated to discussions on how to improve the resilience of our services and alignment of multidisciplinary teams.

How has Nortik helped you in your career development?

There are multiple ways in which Nortik Software Solutions helps the growth of its employees, all of which I've embraced and taken advantage of.

First of all, the majority of the projects use cutting-edge technologies and tools, so every engineer gets hands-on, practical experience in using some of the newest and coolest toys. Second, the company possesses a vast library of Udemy, SystemsExpert, and other courses that are available to every single employee at any time. Also, once a month Nortik organizes Knowledge Shares, which are the lectures held either by one of the Nortik's employees or by engineers from the other companies.

Last but not least, Nortik is a community of highly knowledgeable and experienced developers. Just being present in such an environment is enough to soak up some useful information, various tips and tricks, etc.

What’s your next step, or a few goals you’d like to accomplish in life, or while with Nortik?

At this very moment, my top priorities are my duties on the project I'm currently working on and my tasks at the Nortik.

However, this year I plan to take an exam for AWS Solutions Architect. During the past few years, I gathered valuable skills by using various AWS services and I decided to formalize that knowledge by obtaining the AWS certification. I believe that this move will help not only me but will also increase my contribution to the project I'm working on and the Nortik as a company.


How do you spend your time outside of the office?

Most of my time outside the office is spent playing video and board games with my girlfriend and my friends (although the board game nights have become much rarer since the outbreak of the Covid).

Over the years, I've accumulated a respectable collection of both the last-gen and retro video games and consoles, that are quietly overtaking my apartment. If you'd ask me what would my favorite console of all time be, without a moment of hesitation I'd answer it's the PlayStation 2 - aside from the nostalgia factor, the PS2 just has a massive library of fun and weird games.

Other than playing video games, I spend a lot of time watching anime and reading manga. I'm also a freelance journalist who deals in topics of entertainment and video games and I contributed to numerous websites and magazines, including IGN.

How do you describe your work personality vs. your home life personality?

I'd say that there is not that big of a difference. Practically none at all.

In general, I like when people around me feel comfortable and when they find me approachable and easy to talk to. I believe that those things made me an easy person to collaborate with on a project and an easy person to become friends with privately.

The only difference that I could maybe think of is that the jokes I tell at work are a bit less spicy. ;)

Get to know Vladimir and the rest of the Nortik Software Solutions team!

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