Our trainee program for Java developers: Our Trainees look back

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Our two trainees Daniel and Steffen have been with us for 4.5 months now and have reviewed their time with us. Here you can find out what they took with them from their time as trainees at Faktor Zehn. If you are also interested in joining us as a Java developer and IT consultant, our trainee program is just the right thing for you. 🙂

But let’s get started:

Hello you two, how did you come to the trainee program Java developers?

Daniel: After graduating in Business Informatics, I researched software developer job ads on XING and came across the Factor Ten trainee program. I then went to the company’s homepage, analyzed the job ad there and applied. I was particularly struck by the relaxed atmosphere in the company. After a successful first telephone interview about experience and motivation, which was then deepened in the job interview, and a trial assignment, I started here. After a four-month review, the promise of the relaxed atmosphere was definitely kept.

Steffen: After my studies, I came to FaktorZehn via my girlfriend’s cousin, and immediately after my studies, the trainee program, which is tailored to fresh graduates and young professionals, is of course available.

What did you like about the trainee program?

Daniel: We were introduced to the topic of insurance in an easily understandable way right from the start. We were able to learn and apply technical concepts independently in a problem-oriented way. Training contents such as user interface, Faktor Zehn products and programming methods were integrated into the project and found their practical relevance.

Steffen: What I liked about the trainee program was the step-by-step introduction to the various tools and products of FaktorZehn, which we were then able to implement in our internal project.

What was the internal project about?

Steffen: Using the example of a household insurance company, it was about modelling the required components, providing a service including a REST interface and the implementation as a web application with an interface (in which there was sometimes a red button without an inscription that you better not press if you ever sit in a rocket…).

Daniel: We also programmed a web application with SpringBoot with a partner and address management system to create simple contracts based on products.

How was the teamwork?

Steffen: We developed the whole thing largely self-organized and presented the progress at regular intervals. And if we had questions or problems, it was always possible to ask the experienced colleagues or our supervisors for help.

Daniel: Each team member divided up the workload and familiarized themselves with specific topics. Afterwards we could learn from each other with the mutual knowledge and together with the knowledge collective we could effectively tackle the problems together. In complex cases we were able to ask an experienced colleague and benefit from his experience.

Was there a point where you did not know what to do?

Several times we came across inexplicable errors, although everything looked perfect in the code. For example, the user interface did not update, although the update function was clearly implemented and applied. An experienced colleague was then able to identify the problem on request after a thorough analysis and thus help us further.

How was the support?

The support can be described as flawless. We were given tips on which direction to go in and we were able to work out the concepts independently and integrate them into our team project. If we had any questions, we were able to contact our supervisors at any time, or if they were busy elsewhere, we could also contact other colleagues. Sometimes our supervisors referred us to a colleague with the best experience in a certain direction. We received regular feedback on our work and were able to implement it promptly.

How independent were you?

The entire internal project and the implementation of the requirements set there was largely independent work in a team. Technical concepts were researched and both training content and interim feedback were implemented independently.

What can you give future trainees?

Daniel: You don’t have to hesitate to ask when you hit a dead end. And not only the supervisors, but everyone who is available at the moment. The colleagues take into account that you don’t have the comparable experience of many years and are more than willing to support you on your way.

Steffen: I would tell future trainees that the foosball table is the best place to get to know their new colleagues (and of course you can talk to anyone else).

Thanks a lot you both!

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