Today we would like to introduce you to Maria Parshina, our newest Software Developer here at Sofokus. Maria is now working full-time after completing a successful internship with us. She began working with Django and is now working with Magento and PHP related tasks, enjoying her role in our Software Development team. Welcome aboard Maria, we’re happy to have you!
First could you tell me a bit about yourself and where you come from?
I’m from Moscow in Russia and I’m studying IT at Turku University of Applied Sciences at the moment. I studied law in Russia but made the decision to move to Finland to start programming, which I now have one and a half years’ experience with.
What did you do before Sofokus?
I was studying and developing Django projects. I have worked for IT companies in Moscow and found it interesting.
How did you end up at Sofokus?
While I was a student we had a visit to Sofokus where we came to listen to presentations about the company. Before that I hadn’t heard of the company. Sofokus was specializing in programs that interested me, which made me want to apply. I started as a trainee working with Django.
You’re working as a Software Developer, what exactly does this mean?
Developing software for web, front end development, and working with online stores.
What kind of jobs and tasks will you be doing?
I’ve started to work with Magento development a few weeks ago. So, my future tasks are going to be Magento and PHP related.
Was Sofokus what you expected?
Sofokus was what I expected based on the presentation I attended and the people I work with have been great.
What has been the best part of working at Sofokus so far?
Everyone is very helpful when I ask for something and there are lots of people willing to help, it’s not a problem to ask when you’re stuck.
And how about the most challenging part?
Learning completely new things, it can be stressful trying to keep up with everyone else.
What do you do in your free time?
Web development, I read a lot of books, I enjoy sports, spending time with my friends.
Do you have a message for the readers of this post?
Don’t be afraid to apply and try new things!