Tero Jarkko’s Career Story: New Challenges for Experienced Software Developer
“I wanted change and variety in my work and I have got that at Symbio. I have done almost anything that is possible both in industrial and subcontracting projects.”
A couple of years back, software developer Tero Jarkko from Oulu sat down with his friends in a summer cabin sauna, the place where serious conversations happen. This time, also work-related issues were discussed. Tero was already an experienced coder who had spent a couple of decades in product development houses, but now thoughts of looking for a change in work had occupied his mind. A guy who had worked at Symbio for a long time told about the possibilities of consulting work at the right time. Tero thought that as a senior-oriented and established company, Symbio could offer exactly the change in the content of his work and new stimulation through project and consulting work.
The idea of changing jobs to Symbio remained in Tero’s mind. After a “consideration period” of about half a year, things progressed quickly with Symbio’s interesting project proposal. Tero decided to take the new opportunity, even though leaving familiar colleagues was hard.
Now, after working at Symbio for a year, it’s a good moment to stop and review the path so far. So, how has the first year as a software development consultant at Symbio been?
“The variety in the work has been as I expected and I have been able to do almost everything possible, from industrial development projects to subcontracting projects. In the first project, I was able to develop a proof of concept demo for a customer operating in the industrial sector, after which I was a member of the software team in a subcontracting project. The last few months have passed in the automotive industry project as part of an experienced and very competent team”, Tero says.
The job description and the first year at Symbio have included a lot of new things besides the actual development work.
“I’ve interviewed new employees, I’ve been able to assist sales in a technical sense, and I’ve done, among other things, workload estimations for projects, which is something completely new for me. Already the first year at Symbio has offered a broad picture of everything possible, where software work is done. In customer projects, I have been able to meet people from different fields of expertise and customers who do not directly work with programming. I have been able to look at the making of software in a more versatile way than before. All in all, a lot of new things for an experienced coder,” Tero describes.
Tero has been satisfied with his decision to join Symbio.
“Work is a big part of life and it is important to be able to enjoy work. Symbio has met my expectations as a workplace and everything that was said about the workplace during the recruitment phase has been very true and I have enjoyed myself. I have found big enough challenges and discussed various project possibilities. With Symbio, you can talk and exchange ideas with everyone. Symbio’s expertise is deep and wide-ranging, and I have been able to learn new things about, for example, cloud computing”.
Tero feels that as a workplace, Symbio has offered more than just work-related activities.
“I have made a lot of new friends and we have done things together even in our freetime. For example, the Sunday formula studios in Symbio Oulu office’s Lounge are concrete demonstrations of community and spending time together outside of work”
26.05.2023 | Career stories