#Backend developer — 3 minute read
Dominik Backend developer
From a working student to a full-time employee
At Nanobit, we offer students various opportunities to join our team across different departments to get the chance to develop their skillset for a fulfilling and promising career start. We create a flexible working environment, where our students can work while pursuing their studies. Once graduated, many of our working students stay with us to become full-time employees. Dominik Baričević, our Backend Developer tells us about his journey from a working student to kicking off a career in Backend Development.
I was in my final year at the University of Zagreb, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER) when I first joined Nanobit in 2015 as a student Game Developer. I started as a student Game Developer and now I’m a full-time Backend Developer.
Flexible learning and working environment
I joined the team of Game Developers and my tasks included the maintenance and development of new updates and features for both our existing games and new games. My team included several other students and new graduates. Together, we went through a learning curve where we put theories into practice.
I am very grateful for my teammates, they have been very supportive and patient! After all, I’m still a youngster in this department.
Nanobit established quite flexible working hours for all students. As students, all we had to do is to inform our manager when we have exams and other school obligations. I often leave work when I had to prepare for exams or had a meeting with my professors which made the whole experience of working while studying smooth and rather enriching. A year and a half passed by as a working student, during which I worked on different game features and contributed to the day-to-day work of the Game Developers team.
From student to a full-time employee
I’ve become a full-time employee at Nanobit right after my graduation and earning of my University Diploma in Computer Sciences. Before that, I knew that every developer usually gets hired full-time after successful completion of the probation period and this was the case in my situation where my manager and HR initiated the full-time hiring process.
Alongside carrying out my duties as Game Developer, I started handling the client-server communication and I became interested in our backend architecture. Gradually, I took on more and more basic server-side tasks while still working as a Game Developer.
Kicking off a career in backend development
Over time, the backend development tasks have become very interesting and complex which made me even more motivated to take on more responsibilities as part of the backend architecture team.
Thanks to open communication and the supportive career development culture Nanobit fosters, I communicated my interests to my team lead and CTO, who expressed full support. Before I know it, I made the full switch to the backend realm of business.
I enjoy working with new technologies and switching to various projects, and as we have a big technology stack, I am learning every day, which keeps me motivated and up to date.
I am very grateful for my teammates, they have been very supportive and patient! After all, I’m still a youngster in this department. I enjoy working with new technologies and switching to various projects, and as we have a big technology stack, I am learning every day something new, which keeps me motivated and up to date. I am immensely satisfied with my career path.