This month’s Resolverite Spotlight is Julia Mikheeva! Julia, has been with our software development team in Toronto since October 2018 and we wanted to chat with her about her role and learn more about the interesting projects that she’s been working on.
It’s a very exciting time here at Resolver! We were recently named #8 by Great Place to Work Canada in our category, companies with 100-999 people! In honour of this awesome news, we decided to start this Resolverite Spotlight a bit different.
Miriam: Julia, list the 8 things that you love about Resolver!
- The people here are amazing
- Open space, this allows for more collaboration
- Sense of ownership in the team
- Short sprints which make development agile
- First Friday social events
- The product we are developing is interesting
- The knowledge transfer that happens between teams
- And of course, the vacation time and flexibility we have here!
Miriam: Why don’t you start off by telling us why you chose a career in software development?
Julia: I was always interested in math and solving different problems. Working in software development allows me to do that, solve problems using numbers and symbols! I also like the challenge of working in software development. At the beginning of the project you don’t know how to implement it, but when the project is finally complete, there’s great sense of accomplishment.
Miriam: That’s awesome! Why was Resolver the company that you decided to join?
Julia: Based on what I had read, I was interested in Resolver because it’s a growing company and things change quickly. I was especially happy when I realized how many features our application has. Now that I work here, I also really like that the company supports experiments. If someone has an idea, we are encouraged to try it. I can learn a lot using tools and instruments that I have never used before and then we get to implement our ideas.
Miriam: Being experimental is one of our values so it’s great to hear that you feel comfortable trying new things! Tell us a bit about some of the day-to-day aspects of your role?
Our team is super collaborative, we have a scrum meeting daily to see who is working on what tasks and to determine and discuss any possible blockers. Most of the day I work on features planned for the current sprint. At the end of the sprint, we do a review of the work and we figure out what we should keep doing, and what we should change. Then we figure out what we’re going to do for the next sprint. I like working this way because it gives us a chance to learn from each other and help each other if we’re stuck on a problem.
Miriam: What advice would you give to someone looking to start a career in software development?
Julia: I would suggest that people just dive into coding and practice as much as possible! Apply for an internship and get exposed to something different. Internships are a great opportunity to see if you really like working in software development. It also gives you an opportunity to learn much faster.
Curiosity is key! You shouldn’t just limit yourself to reading things just about programming languages only – widen your interests because being curious will help with your career.
Miriam: Expanding your interests is a great suggestion! What are some of your other interests?
Julia: I am a passionate yogi, I do my (yoga) practice every day. I’m much more focused and creative during my workday if I exercise before the day begins. I also really enjoy playing sports, I like volleyball and badminton.
Miriam: It sounds like you have a bit of a competitive spirit! Was working in software development something you wanted to do when you were younger?
Julia: When I was younger I didn’t have a profession in mind. But I took part in a lot of competitions to solve mathematical and physics problems – I have always been competitive. I was always excited about how our universe works, about different physical processes. There was a time I was crazy about nano technologies and I imagined what the future would be like and how we could build different materials.
Miriam: That is cool. So, what’s next for you at Resolver?
Julia: We’re currently working on new features that we’re going to be releasing to customers. I am super excited to see how these features work in the real world! It’s cool to see the business growing and to be a part of the growth.