How was your journey to becoming an iOS/Android Engineer in Netcetera?
Magdalena: My journey as an Android Engineer in Netcetera started in March 2018 with my internship. I was looking for a company which was in mobile payment, as my bachelor thesis was also about mobile payment and before my internship was over I wanted to become a permanent member of this family - as I saw a great opportunity to grow personally and professionally with the help of the amazing people I met. Even though the Netectera family is hundreds of people strong and spread over multiple locations, it still feels like a small company where everyone is willing to help and assist you in your development like a family
Sarah: Before applying at Netcetera I did my master's study in software engineering at university and even worked some time in the web development area, but like Magdalena, I quickly got more and more interested in mobile development. Therefore I decided that I want to develop myself in this direction and also already gained some experience as an iOS developer in another company before Netcetera.
Then I joined the company in 2019 and I was first working on our ToPay mobile wallet, a white-label product, where I helped developing several new features. One of them that made a huge difference for me was the development of Apple Pay In-app Provisioning/Verification. After this feature was requested by one of our customers, I switched to this integration project and was involved with the Apple Pay go-live for several Austrian banks. This was a challenging and really great experience for me! Since then, I stayed on the project as a developer, and from this year on I also got the chance to take over the iOS tech lead role of the project.
Working as a mobile engineer in a global 800 plus - employee company that is primarily in the banking and payment industry must be challenging, what are the opportunities to learn and grow?
Sarah: I think it is a long list of what opportunities are given by working in a such large company within this industry. Some main points that make this job really interesting for me would be: working on very interesting and payment specific technical topics which it would be otherwise hard to even get information access to, getting deep insights into the payment and banking industry, working with team members spread over several countries and also traveling to these countries, also working in direct contact with the customer, planning and working out requested features/work packages on some of the projects. Of course, I must mention the re-occurring training and education sessions held within the company and additionally, Netcetera provides each employee a yearly budget for personal education and by this, I could also participate in several courses since I joined (SCRUM course, SAFe course, Leadership training, and our internal TC training) where I learned various new things that are now very useful for my daily working life and also helped me with my career path.
Magdalena: As I started fresh from University - without any prior knowledge - I had plenty of opportunities to learn and grow, in fact, I still see lots and lots of opportunities. First I could see how android app development was done in the real world, then I also learned about scrum processes how the sprints are done, and so on. A further thing I learned is that only together you can grow, and I'm thankful to all my colleagues, which helped me see and fulfill my potential. With the educational system at Netcetera, like Sarah already explained, every year you have some professional and personal goals, which you should reach - this prevents stagnation which is quite important in our profession. After a bit more than three years, I still learn every day as the world of a developer never stops changing. I now also have the tremendous pleasure of helping new developers and share my knowledge with new-joiners at the company.