What is it like to work in a different language to your own? How do staff collaborate with colleagues from all over the world? - Read the story of one of Applicitas talented software developers.
Gagik Kyurkchyan hails from Armenia – A country with a long history that has re-introduced itself to the global community since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Geographically it borders Georgia, Iran, Turkey and Azerbaijan with a population of around 3 million. It has a growing economy and IT is becoming increasingly vital to the nations’ wealth.
As a child Gagik started learning English at the age of 7 and was always interested in technology. Once completing high school Gagik had the opportunity to study either Architecture or Informatics/Applied Mathematics at university in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. He chose the latter option at which point he also decided to increase his knowledge of English realising that this would increase his earning potential as his career progressed. After graduating in 2011 Gagik also undertook a masters degree in IT Management.
Gagiks first step into the world of employment was with an Armenian software development firm who produce ERP solutions in the accounting industry. His expertise at the time was firmly in the Microsoft suite of platforms and frameworks - specifically WPF, ASP.Net and WCF. After a period of time Gagik also taught himself from scratch iOS development skills at which point he decided to become a freelancer. Throughout this period Gagiks English had improved to a level where he passed the international Test of English as a Foreign Language with flying colours scoring a very credible 112/120 in the exam.
Not content with his new learnt skills Gagik also became proficient in Xamarin, a Microsoft platform that enables mobile apps to be published in iOS, Android and Windows forms using the C# programming language. For a while he continued to gain contracts through this alone.
Around 2 years ago Gagik was approached by John Kattenhorn, Founder and Chief Architect at Applicita, who had come across his profile on a site used for recruiting freelance and contractor staff – John had been impressed with a Xamarin project that Gagik had posted to showcase his talents. After an initial trial period Gagik became a valuable member of Applicita’s growing workforce.
Not only was John impressed by Gagiks work, but Gagik soon realised that Applicita could provide him with a career jump too - “I was really pleased to find out that Applicita wanted very high standards from its developers” says Gagik, “Many clients of mine had not ever requested me to undertake Unit Tests when delivering my work but that was one of the first questions John asked me when we spoke...... as I have continued to work with Applicita I have been very impressed with the knowledge of my colleagues, all of whom I have been able to learn something new from” continues Gagik.
Applicita employs staff from 9 different countries which also brings an international flavour to Gagiks daily work. “Some people might think it’s difficult working remotely and with people who I don’t share my first language with but at Applicita we have such good project management that it’s not a problem at all. In other roles before I have had to project manage my own work but at Applicita we have people who do that for us. That allows developers to do what we do best and in fact gives us more freedom to get our work done. I don’t find it stressful at Applicita unlike some of my previous jobs” says Gagik.
Gagik has been spending some time in the UK recently so what does he make of it? “I had been to London before and that’s nice but a bit big. Staying in Milton Keynes (the new location of Applicitas head office) is much better. Here there both is nature and city life which I really like. If I ever moved to England it would be to Milton Keynes!” jokes Gagik.
Later this year Applicita is planning a weekend get together for all its staff which will be in mainland Europe. This will give all of the company a chance to get to know each other even better and will only enhance the relationships already built. You never know....we might even write a blog about it........