On Friday, November the 2nd, a large number of young people participated in a very successful informative event, organized by Cluster and sponsored by the German Agency for International Cooperation - GIZ
On Friday, 2/11, an event was successfully organized in the Hotel Kragujevac, with the purpose of raising awareness about the programming profession, entitled "I, PROGRAMMER - Challenges and Chances". The event was organized by the ICT Cluster of Central Serbia within the project "ICT Certification 2018", financed by the German Agency for International Cooperation - GIZ.
The event was attended by a large number of young people, primarily students, who wanted to learn more about why programming professions are so deficient, why companies can not find enough programming staff, but on the other hand, it's explained why programmers have so high wages and benefits in IT companies.
The event was opened by the director of the Business Association "ICT Cluster of Central Serbia", Kragujevac, Branimir Dzenopoljac, who gave an introductory lecture in which he presented the association itself, the Cluster Academy as a concept of non-formal education intended for the production of additional IT staff and the research related to the programmers undertaken last year by Startit. In the end, he shared a large number of tips for the young that want to become programmers or who will get employed in the IT industry after the faculty.
After the introductory one, the other lectures followed: Stefan Kostic, Senior Software Developer at 4 IT company from Kragujevac, shared with the audience very useful experience of his beginnings as a programmer dating back to when he was at the age of 8 or 9 and when his father, who was also a programmer at that time , introduced him into the world of programming. Then he presented all the key elements of a successful programming career that he has been building for years.
The next lecture was delivered by Stefan Cebic (Senior Web Developer) and Zeljko Glisov (Senior Software Developer) from Croonus Technologies company from Cacak. Stefan and Zeljko started programming at very young age and after they passed all stages of the career of an IT expert, they decided to start their own company. In a very interesting way they presented what it means to be a programmer and which are the paths standing in front of someone who plans to take this call.
Then there was a lecture by Nenad Stevanovic, Senior BackEnd Developer from Quantox Technology company, who went through the history of programming languages, which he had to go through in his long developer career. He emphasized how challenging it is to be a programmer and that it is necessary to constantly learn and adapt to continuously new technologies or versions of existing ones, especially in outsourcing companies that have to continually meet the complex requirements of customers.
After a coffee break, Veljko Dimovic, Project Manager at MERA company wanted to point out to the participants everything that he wanted to know when he started programming. He shared his ten-year experience, which, in addition to working in various companies, included work within several IT start-ups, where he received valuable knowledge that he subsequently successfully applied at MERA. He explained that in the outsourcing company it is possible to apply a start-up knowledge in order to more efficiently meet clients' requirements and get greater autonomy in decision-making on projects. In the end he pointed out that such knowledge of the domain and the wider image of the client's business for whom they worked led to the Project Manager position and career progression.
The last item of the agenda was a panel on the topic of ICT certification within the Cluster Academy of the Cluster, in which the following participated: Danijel Petrovic (Qantox Technology), Zeljko Glisov and Stefan Cebic (Croonus Technologies) and Djordje Djokic (BeeWeb, LimesSoft) followed by moderation of the colleague Marija Stojadinovic from the Business Development Centre Kragujevac. The topics of the panel were the forthcoming launch of the ICT certification concept and which are the three common professions for which the certification process should be created, i.e., to set up a commission, to create a mechanism and tests that will be used in the future certification of the trained programmers and potentially attract them to the Cluster member companies.
The entire event was closed by awarding the certificates to the successful participants of the last two groups of initial course participants in web programming - HTML5 / CSS3, through which 16 groups with more than 150 participants have been trained in the past three years.