You have had quite the journey to be where you are, Jovica? Care to share a bit more?

My passion for computers and technology goes back to when I was in school, specifically in 1997, when I decided to study Computer Technology & Automation in high school. It was a new course, with exciting new subjects in high school. Here, I had my first contact with coding (Pascal and Delphi), and their usage in automation. But technology wasn’t my only passion at the time – I also dreamt of joining the military, so in college, I joined and finished the military academy. As things developed and changed politically and society-wise and I grew, I decided that going back to software development is a better choice, as I’ll have a better chance to grow and develop – I just picked up where I left off in high school, and the rest – as they say – is history.

What made you choose tech from all the other industries? What drew you to it?

Software engineering allows you to solve challenging problems by using or developing tools – the only thing that’s required is a computer and a determination to solve the problem. This way, you can end up solving big problems in society, improve the day-to-day lives of people, or improve efficiency. I love helping people, and I believe that tech is the way that I can do my due.

How long have you been with IT Labs? What is it like so far?

I joined IT Labs in August 2008 as a Java intern, starting off with Java desktop apps and working on them for the first three months, after that I spent three more months as a C# web developer. I got a job offer from IT Labs, and the chance to start as a junior web developer in an experienced team. The team had just started work on a project from scratch, and this gave me a much-needed boost as I learned a lot about the software development process, as well as honed my skills as a coder. From a technical side of things, it went like this: At the time, I had the chance to move to another project, this time as an intermediate, and work on a legacy product – on this project I learned a lot about refactoring, migrations, deployments, team coordination, and loads of other things. I was climbing up and performing well, and in the next chapter of my career growth, I was working on a different project where I was tasked with leading the team and getting in touch with different technologies.

As for the environment and my colleagues, you can reread the part above – all of the things I’ve achieved were in no small part thanks to the teams I was in – they all helped me develop as a techie. I had great mentors to learn from when I started out, and there are still many things I need to master.

You’ve been growing and developing here since day one  what's in store for the future?

Right now, I feel as if I have a pretty good knowledge of the tools I need on a daily basis, so I’m more focused on experimenting, keeping up with the newest trends and findings in the world of software development – from the programming languages and tools, all the way to new processes, services, etc.

What would be your one advice that you’d give to young people who’re just entering the tech world?

Improve your skills every day! Trying to learn something with each passing day will help you a great deal in becoming a professional!

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