Team Interview Vincent (Backend und Support)
Series: Our wunschlösers
Who are we and what happens here? There is already some information on our team page. But that only answers who works for us, not what our team does. That's why we want to give you a few more insights. To do so, we talked to a few of our colleagues. Today we introduce you to Vincent.
Hi Vincent, thanks for your time!
How long have you been doing it and what exactly do you do at wunschlösung?
One year, two months and 19 days. I'm mainly a Java developer and do a bit of support and a bit of frontend development on the side.
How does your work fit into wunschlösung?
I have a hand in almost every project area, so you could also call me a jumper. But my main task at the moment is learning, because I'm a junior. That means I deal with smaller issues and work with the others. At the moment, I tend to take care of older projects and get coached. In the future, I would like to do more of what everyone else does - be able to do everything, participate everywhere. I would like to increase the support a bit more, but the main goal is to become a senior fullstack developer.
What actually brought you to us?
Coincidence. At the time, I had written small tools for my flatmate's boss. Christian then spoke to this man and mentioned that wunschlösung was looking for Java developers. Upon recommendation, I was here a week later for an introductory meeting. Shortly after, a hackathon followed in which I participated. For a month we worked on LocalGutscheining and got it off the ground. After that, I started right here. I'm currently the only junior and I'm happy to have the opportunity to experiment and test.
Do you still remember your first days here? What was it like?
My first days were spent mainly with Tobi. It was a bit chaotic, because I had no idea about any company tools. It was a lot of getting to know each other and I was shown a lot. The team welcomed me very warmly, even the first day felt like I had been working here for two years. Tobi often told me that he is the "mummy" for everyone.
After that, I was slowly introduced to the topics. I was given a test project to learn about the technology we code with. We then looked at how I could work best, all with a lot of communication and help. A lot of things were adapted to my individual learning behaviour. Then it also went quite quickly into a live project, because I work best on the concrete use case.
What does a typical day in your life look like?
It's been relatively reliably the same for a year now. I get up around 7:30, get ready and check my emails. Then I do 500 push-ups and 300 sit-ups. No, of course I don't. I usually don't eat breakfast, but sometimes I drink a hot cocoa. Between 9 and 10 I arrive at the office. The first daily meetings start at 10 a.m., followed by coding until about 12:30 p.m., and then lunch with the huddle (our virtual joint lunch). In the afternoon we continue with coding. I don't work on any specific topics, because I do everything a little bit. I'm in the office until about 19:30, then I go home. There I eat dinner before I do some private coding or gaming. Currently World of Warcraft with my own guild. I switch off at 11 p.m. and go to bed at one o'clock.
If you were "boss", what would you do differently?
Nothing. I think you find things you'd do differently out of personal preference, but overall? Nothing at all. It's also difficult to assess when you're not in the role and you don't have all the facts. We talk to each other very openly, so if I want a change, I just let them know and they see how it fits. I would like to have our daily all-company stand-up again, so that you can see every team member, but that's why we have joint weekly and monthly reports.
And finally, why wunschlösung and not another company?
To put it simply, I never got the chance at other companies. I have no degree and no extensive previous experience. There are a lot of IT graduates in Germany, so there is a lot of choice for companies. The wunschlösung was the first company that said to me "Show us what you can do". And I don't want to leave here. If something is going well, why change it?
More of this series: Our wunschlösers
- Team Interview René (Backend)
- Team interview Tommy (Product Development)
- Team Interview Vincent (Backend und Support)
- Team Interview Peter (Admin)
- Team interview Tobias (Frontend)
- Eva's first month at wunschlösung
- Internship interview Svenja
- Team Interview Theo (Frontend)
- Founder interview with Simon
- Founder interview with Christian
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