The IT industry is quite flexible when it comes to job hopping, changing stacks, and work models, but every now and then you have people who turn out to be loyal, and ambitious to grow with the company, and they usually become the most influential people within the team.
One such example is Dragan Jovicic, our Senior Backend Developer and Team Lead, who’s been our colleague for more than 8 years now.
Usually, these types of people are excellent sources of information, inspiration, and motivation for others, and we thought it would be only right to introduce you to him!
Meet Dragan Jovicic!
- Tell us more about your career in Walter Code.
I’m with a company for 8 years now and there is a lot to say but start of it is interesting. I got a call from friend of the friend. Initially I said no, but luckily guy on the other side was persistent and in the end I joined the company. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life.
- What are your favourite after-work activities and hobbies?
Spending time with my family, I have a son who is two and half years old. He is probably my biggest activity right now ☺ Apart from the I am in love with skiing, I like riding bicycle and playing football.
- What do you love the most about your team?
No matter if things are going good or bad we stick together. We’ve been working for years together and something that I love and I am proud of is that we consider ourself friends.
- What is the best thing one of your co-workers has done for you?
Recently I got bottle of wine. Still waiting special occasion to open it ☺
- How would you rate your work-life balance?
Great, It’s important to have it in balance.
- Can you tell us about the project that you led that was innovative and made a big impact?
We’ve (Walter Code) been involved in developing BIM cloud platform called Bimeye for almost a decade now. It’s purpose is to change how building industry operates today and make it more efficient and we are really pushing the boundaries here.
- Can you share an example of a time when you made a difficult decision and how you handled it?
As always in life things are sometimes good and sometimes not so good. Couple of years ago we had to reduce team working on specific project, not because of bad performance but for other unforeseen circumstances. Making those decisions is hardest thing I had to do in my career. In the end some new opportunities showed up and couple of those people are now leading teams on their own which turned out to be great.
- How do you stay motivated and positive, even when facing challenges?
Although in our industry all people see on social networks is fun, fun and fun in reality we all face a lot of challenges. As written in the question have in mind it’s just a challenge which will be solved.
- How do you reach your long-term career goals?
To be honest, I’ve never had long-term career goals. Everything we do in this industry is a team effort. I’ve had the luck of being surrounded by good and skilled people most of my career which naturally pushed me forward.
- How do you stay up to date and continue to grow in your field?
I like reading blogs and listening to podcasts from famous names in the IT industry like Netflix, MongoDB, StackOverflow, LogRocket, GitHub… It’s always fun and interesting to see how some technology or approach helped products and/or teams.
There you have it, now you know something about Dragan! He’s one of the people you are lucky to have in your company, whose dedication and leadership inspire and drive the team towards success.