Yoran came to Sqills with a background in software engineering and a specialisation in Big Data. Since he arrived at Sqills he has worked with three different DevOps teams and will join a fourth as a full-time employee. We caught up with Yoran after he completed his final project.

What was your graduation assignment at Sqills?

Without making it too complex, I worked on a problem between internal and external systems. S3 Passenger has a component that ensures each message between systems is sent, but we can’t be sure that each message gets to that component.

My graduation assignment dealt with seeing if we can resolve the problem of data loss. Either eliminate the loss itself or retrieve the lost data somehow. I started looking into what loss is and when I expect loss to occur in certain circumstances. From there I simulated what components may be most affected. It was research heavy, making recommendations for the future.

How did you end up at Sqills?

I came to Sqills at the recommendation of a friend. I had also heard about Sqills at my previous internship. When looking for a company for my graduation assignment, Sqills turned out to be the most interesting. Other companies talked to me as though I was supposed to be an expert already – but I was there to learn! That was the most important aspect for me, the ability to learn. And at Sqills they had the most experience with that.

What did you think of the support you received at Sqills?

I had enough support and guidance without it being overwhelming. When you first start, you are a bit nervous. Afraid to play around with certain things. But my colleagues kept saying “just try it, just do something.” I wasn’t used to that. If I did have questions, they were right there for me. I don’t think I would have liked being treated as ‘the student’ constantly. Yes, I am a student and yes I still need to learn, but I was able to still be a part of the team.

What did you think Sqills did right during your graduation assignment?

The great thing about Sqills is that no one tells you that you are doing something ‘wrong’. No dirty glances, no questions like “how do you not know that?” If you have a question, you feel free to ask it. Even as a student, you are involved in the day-to-day. It feels as though you are a part of the team. Yes, you are working on your project, but you are still involved.

If I ran into a problem or question, the technical knowledge was available right away. You’d hear “We’ve used this solution to tackle a problem like that before, check this out.” The openness is a tremendously positive aspect of being at Sqills. They have the materials available to support you.

Would you recommend doing your graduation assignment at Sqills?

Yes, absolutely. It is a company that is very much involved in the process. Both at the start of the assignment and now. The trainees at Sqills were another indicator that this would be a good place to graduate. In fact, I heard about the traineeships before I ever started here.

That gave me the idea this is a company that truly values the ability to let people develop themselves. I think it should be a clear indicator to others that if a company is inviting students from other fields into a career in IT, and is willing to invest time, money, and energy into those people, that says it all.