I joined ERNI in Romania eight months ago after I completed my .NET internship. Now I work part-time as a programmer in the .NET team and in the meantime, I am continuing with my studies. As I said, I started as an intern and after I finished the internship, I received a hiring offer, which I accepted right away without any hesitation.
One of the reasons why I accepted the offer was the atmosphere and environment that had already been created during my internship. Everyone was nice to us every time we needed help. We were surrounded with experienced people who constantly provided us with the right answers. Furthermore, we had some activities which helped us to get to know each other better and to feel like we were a part of the ERNI community.
To be honest, I expected that working part-time while studying at college would be more difficult since I presumed it would be stressful to meet both the deadlines at school and those at work. Luckily, I was proven wrong, at least to some extent. The possibility to schedule my working hours to better fit my timetable at college was a major reason for this low degree of difficulty. I never had a problem to finish something on time, either at school or at work. Actually, I have had plenty of time to finish the tasks for both and I am still able to find some time for my hobbies and things I like to do in my leisure time.
To sum up my impressions, I have learned a lot during these few months at ERNI. I have acquired plenty of new skills and greatly improved my vision and understanding of programming. Despite the fact that the basics of software development are learned in college, the challenges encountered in the real world of programming can still be surprising and exciting. Working with experienced and passionate people helps a lot in this process and it has motivated me to improve myself, learn more and continue to grow. The knowledge I have acquired here has also helped me with my school projects, enabling me to achieve better results in college.