IT Labs at the Regional Job Fair!

IT Labs at the Regional Job Fair!


IT Labs is part of the Regional Job Fair that will be held from the 17th until the 21st of October, and we’ll be present there – on our digital booth, presenting ourselves – our mission, vision, and goals.

As a company that has teams and offices in both North Macedonia and Serbia and is looking to grow and expand with local talent, we’re glad to have the opportunity to show what we’re all about and what we can offer to all experienced techies looking for a fresh challenge, and of course, to all the juniors making their first steps in the tech world.

For all interested, feel free to check out our virtual stand, or simply contact our Talent team at talent@it-labs.com 


A Meet-and-greet, Something to Eat, and Loads of Ideas: A Recap on Our Open Day Extravaganza

A Meet-and-greet, Something to Eat, and Loads of Ideas: A Recap on Our Open Day Extravaganza

We called it an open day – a chance for people to come and meet our teams and get acquainted with the IT Labs way of doing things, but our doors are always open to curious minds and inquisitive souls.

No, we didn’t hold an hour-long presentation on our mission and vision, but we did talk a lot – and got to meet some amazing people from other industries, companies, shared ideas with them, opened doors for potential collaboration, and as per every Extravaganza – we had a really good time.

Open Day Extravaganza

One other thing we focused on was showing and sharing our Re:Imagine Session concept – they’re already underway, and they’re something we’ll keep on holding so that we give – leaders, people with concepts and ideas, and people from different walks of life – the opportunity to tell their story, their findings, ideas, and find people they can work with, supporters, or simply just give people a new perspective on things.

A big thank you to all who made it to our Open Day Extravaganza – we’d love to see more of you and develop our relationship. And to all those who didn’t make it – we’re here for you and we’re inviting you to come and meet us, we’d love to talk to you.

Here’s a video that catches some of the fun we had.


IT Labs at the NiCAT & RNIDS Business Club

IT Labs at the NiCAT & RNIDS Business Club 


IT Labs’ Lead QA Engineer, Radmila Petrovic, and Junior QA Engineer, Aleksandra Radojevic took part in this year’s Business club, which was held on September 30th, at the Tami Residence Hotel in Niš. 

The Business Club was organized by the Nis Cluster for Advanced Technologies (NiCAT) and Serbian National Internet Domain Registry (RNIDS) as an event that’ll be one in a series of more, all designed to bring together members of the NiCAT cluster and other actors from the high-tech domain in the region, with the purpose of sharing experiences and promoting the exchange of experiences at an expert level. 

With NiCAT, IT Labs signed a collaboration agreement, and at the Business Club we’ve also as presented our vision, mission, and values. We were introduced to the audience together with another company as new members of the cluster, after which lectures from other members were held. 

The business club  event also provided a networking opportunity where likeminded people and companies from the region had the chance to connect. 

A big thank you to NiCAT and RNIDS for this lovely event and the invite – see you next time! 


From Interns to Employees: A New Batch of Enthusiastic Techies Just Finished Our Internship Stream!

From Interns to Employees: A New Batch of Enthusiastic Techies Just Finished Our Internship Stream!

Bright minds with bright ideas – it’s the simplest way to describe all the interns we had in our latest Internship Program. Starting from June 20th and finishing on September 20th, a total of 9 bright-eyed tech-lovers walked into our offices and set about cutting their teeth in the world of tech.

For this stream, we had three streams – QA, Fullstack .NET, and Fullstack Java – and they all worked on the same project – THE CUBE. What’s THE CUBE? We’ll just say that it’s a ‘marketing tool’ because we can’t really get into details, as this was a real project, but the interns took care of it basically from the start – all they were given was an idea, and they built the whole thing from scratch: the front, the back, and did all the testing in between – with the guidance of mentors and seniors, of course.

And after finishing the 90 days, some of these fantastic young techies decided to continue their tech journey with IT Labs – so kudos and a warm welcome to Valeria Chuiko, Petar Partaloski, Viktor Ciforov, Marina Pesic, and Dragan Petrovski! 

A big thank you to all the interns for choosing IT Labs, and of course, special gratitude to the mentors – Simona Stavreva (QA Stream), Martin Trajkov (FS Java Stream), and Dragana Petrushevska (FS .NET Stream) who selflessly shared their knowledge and guided the interns along the way!


We Ran the 2022 Wizz Air Skopje Marathon!

We Ran the 2022 Wizz Air Skopje Marathon!

It’s something of a tradition of ours – every year we have IT Labbers who love running, participating in the Wizz Air Skopje Marathon, and this year was no different. On October 2nd, it was go time. 

Properly prepared with hours of running behind them, we had team members participating in the half marathon and the 5k race, huffing and puffing from start to finish, rubbing shoulders with other runners, and enjoying the competitiveness, beautiful weather, and the joy the most popular marathon in the country brings!

The Skopje Wizz Air Marathon has a rather interesting background – with the first marathon dating back to 1997, when it was named “Skopje Marathon”, becoming the first international marathon taking place in Skopje. The marathon wasn’t held from 1999 until 2006, and in 2007, the EU ambassador and the Skopje mayor restarted the initiative, and since then, it has become a landmark event – with the number of participants rising year after year. 

We have the pics to bring you bits of the amazing atmosphere of the day! 


IT Labs part of IT4charity 2022

IT Labs part of IT4charity 2022

Each year, IT Companies gather for the same reason. The reason is called IT4charity – an organized event to raise funds for people in need. Their main goal is to engage IT companies in Macedonia to collaborate and participate in this event for a greater purpose.

During the summer, our company took part in the IT4charity 2022. This year’s goal was to help the children without parents or parental care that are supported by SOS Children Villages Macedonia.

How did we contribute? IT4Charity had teamed up with Challenger, and by collecting points for each passed GREEN kilometer of the employees the companies participating donate funds to SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGE

We participated by doing different physical activities, we tracked and gathered points that not only saved the earth from carbon print but also contributed to the donation to SOS kids’ village.

Once a week, we gathered in the City Park to have a nice hike along the Vardar River, or some of us were members of the ‘Bike Gang’ who rode a bike route of at least 20 km in total. Even individually, we did that. Walking the dog? Put that tracker on. A night out on your bike? Put the tracker on.

We were able to donate enough money, as a team, so the children’ everyday living expenses such as food, clothing, electricity, etc., will be covered for a certain amount of time. IT4charity has been occurring once a year for many years now, and each time, the number of participants is bigger.

We are beyond proud and grateful for the efforts of our kind-hearted and physically active colleagues. We encourage them, and you, to participate in an even bigger number next year because the more the better.

If you see yourself as part of this kind-hearted group of people, check the current vacancies below.

If you see yourself as part of this kind-hearted group of people, check the current vacancies below.

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Hiking and Foraging Mushrooms: An IT Labs Day in Mavrovo

Hiking and Foraging Mushrooms: An IT Labs Day in Mavrovo 

When in nature, enjoy it – and that’s exactly what we did on our day in beautiful Mavrovo. A group of us got there early in the morning, in our hiking gear, ready to explore the trails! 

On the way up, we enjoyed the beautiful scenery, and some of our team members who are acquainted with nature actually managed to find and forage some mushrooms! We got the pics to prove, right below. 

All in all? It was a day of bonding, having fun, helping one another to get through the demanding slopes and steep parts of the trail, reaching and enjoying places that offered breathtaking views, and we capped it all with a hearty lunch in one of the wonderful restaurants below. 

We’d go on and on to explain and capture the energy and enjoyment, but the pictures below should paint the picture. 

You want to be a part of something like this? Join us and be part of the next hiking trip.

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IT Labs Go-kart Races: First to The Finish Line

IT Labs Go-kart Races: First to The Finish Line 

The thrill and excitement of F1 racing are unique – there’s the rush, it’s demanding, and the bragging rights belong to whoever crosses the finish line first or gets the best time. Now, F1 racing is not something you can just go to a racetrack and do – but you can do the next best thing: Go-kart racing. And we did just that. 

On a sunny day, we gathered at a racetrack, we got our balaclavas and helmets, and we took to the racetrack in groups, all trying to beat the clock – and their competition. 

The results? A great experience filled with adrenaline, showing our competitive spirit, and trying our hand at one of the most physically and demanding sports! 

 

 

We started out with two groups of 10, and the best 4 from each group made it into the final, where they hashed it out for the winner. 

The winners are as follows: 

  • First place – Marko Hristov 
  • Second place – Nomche Bezhanoski
  • Third place – Kristijan Vasilevski 

 

You think you can beat them in a go-kart race? Join our ranks and be part of the next racing event we have.

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Learning by Always Being Up to the Challenge: The Story of IT Labs’ Nikola Angelkovski

Learning by Always Being Up to the Challenge: The Story of IT Labs’ Nikola Angelkovski

It’s really easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of information, technology, and all the opportunities you can choose from – what will you do? Which tech stack? Where do you see going with that? A million possibilities.

For some, this can be a bit too much to handle, but for IT Labs’ Junior DevOps Engineer, Nikola Angelkovski, it was just what the doctor ordered. He started as an intern, got on full-time, and now earning his mark by learning something new daily!

His experience so far? Read it below:

You’ve been with us for a year now - how is going so far? What are you most proud of?

I have been with IT Labs for 1 year. So far it is going really well, and I am most proud of the fact that I have managed to get this job and place myself in a great learning environment along with great co-workers.


What’s the biggest change you experienced with IT Labs? What surprised you the most?

The biggest change that I have experienced with IT Labs came in the form of responsibilities. Now that I am a full-time employee, my responsibilities are bigger, and that in turn motivates me to work even harder and commit to my goals even more. The thing that surprised me the most (in a good way) is the fact that there is a huge emphasis on knowledge sharing through the various communities and employee growth, both personal and professional.


You obviously want to progress and grow, and probably have a plan on what and who you want to be 5 years from now  care to share?

In 5 years time, I want to further expand my knowledge and skills with a couple of certifications under my belt and possibly mentor new DevOps interns. Also, I want to thank Kostadin Kadiev, Blagoja Panovski, and Milan Gjorcevski, among others, for guiding me on my journey and giving me valuable tips and tricks to master my craft.


Favorite thing to do with co-workers?

Besides playing table tennis, FIFA and darts, I really enjoy talking to my co-workers on various topics, such as traveling, arts, and sciences, because you get a different perspective and view on things, which is a cool way to learn something new every day.


What’s the one piece of advice you would give to future techies?

Always strive to learn more, believe in yourself, and never be afraid to ask the questions that you have on your mind. Also, never give up on your dreams if something goes wrong along the way. A little fun fact about me: I applied for a one-month internship at IT Labs back in 2019 and did not get accepted. But 3 years later, here I am, writing this to share my story and encourage other people to pursue their goals and dreams.


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Going Against the Odds and the Stereotypes: The Story of Aleksandra Glavinova

Going Against the Odds and the Stereotypes: The Story of Aleksandra Glavinova

Support is the one thing we know that can help people grow and become who they want to be, but what happens when there isn’t any? Some people cave in and fall in line, but some, like Aleksandra Glavinova, go beyond and above in their efforts to break stereotypes and prove people wrong.

She earned her degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering in Skopje, joined IT Labs as an intern, and is now with the company full-timе – as a Junior Front-end Engineer!

Below, you can read all about her experience with IT Labs, and where she sees herself growing for the future.

You’ve been with us for little over a year now - how is going so far? What are you most proud of?

I made it 1 year as a full-time employee this month! Before that, I was part of the internship stream that lasted for 3 months. As a part of this company for this past year, I noticed a particular progress in my knowledge, a change in the way of thinking, in solving problems, a change in the way of communication as well as a change in the overall way of life. I am most proud of the fact that I dared to try, and furthermore that I had the chance to be part of this company and to have the opportunity to prove myself in an industry – something I have dreamed of for a long time.


What’s the biggest change you experienced with IT Labs? What surprised you the most?

With IT Labs, many things changed in my life. This was my first job, and I felt for the first time what it was like to handle big responsibilities, be financially independent and start a completely new way of life. They say that every new beginning brings new challenges, so in my case, I can say that starting at IT Labs was also the start of a series of beautiful things that happened in my life. From the first day here, I was most surprised (pleasantly) by the friendly and kind attitude of all the colleagues in the company, who from the first day were cordial and eager to help me manage, as well as to feel like I’ve been here for years.


You obviously want to progress and grow and probably have a plan on what and who you want to be 5 years from now  care to share?

My goal is to get much more experience and knowledge and to develop myself not only in my field (front-end), but also to expand my knowledge in the field of backend technologies. I expect that I will progress enough to be able to pass on my knowledge to some of the next generations that follow and will be part of our company. Five years from now, I see myself with my laptop on a beach with my family, writing code with ease, with a cocktail next to me.(If you really want it, you will find a way to get it 😉).


Favorite thing to do with co-workers?

My favorite thing so far is to discover new places and new food for lunch time with my co-workers as well as playing table tennis in the office Arena. But there’re also so many other things that I love to do, like chatting on the breaks, sharing experiences from our work and private life, drinking coffee etc.


What’s the one piece of advice you would give to future techies?

Listen to your heart and work hard for your goals. Don’t pay any attention to the negative or discouraging opinions – at the end of the day you are the creator of your future and it’s worth giving things a try, even if sometimes the outcome is not as you expected. Waking up every day and doing a job you don’t like is like serving a sentence, and you lose the purpose of life. It’s very important to feel fulfilled and to do what you have dreamed of in life.


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