Front-end Developer

We caught up with Marika Fabiani, who has been a member of our Front-end engineering team for almost two years, and asked her to share some insights with us. Let's take a closer look at her role!

Can you explain your position and skills required to excel?

I'm a Front-end developer, which means I'm responsible for designing and implementing the visual elements of a page, such as the layout, buttons, menus, forms and other features that users will see and interact with. As well as knowledge of the main programming languages and frameworks such as React, Vue and Angular, if you want to play this role you need to have some basic soft skills.

The main ones are: problem solving, creativity and teamwork.

The first two are a must for any developer: during our daily work we often encounter problems that require ad hoc analysis, and you need to face them with creativity and mental flexibility to find the solutions that better suit the situation. The third skill is essential in any job, but especially in team-based jobs like mine.

How is your relationship with colleagues?

I'm a remote worker and I only meet my Front-end team colleagues in virtual meetings. Sometimes I wish I could spend time with them in person, but I know they are always available to help and support me.

I also collaborate with members of other teams who I work closely with on a day-to-day basis; I'm currently working with a colleague from the Back-End team and even though we don't work together physically, we are in constant contact.

What is the most significant achievement in your career?

My greatest job satisfaction was being able to successfully complete a project for which I was responsible, even though I did not know the library.

What do you like most about your job?

The most exciting part of my job is writing code and seeing my ideas come to life.

What's your favorite way to relax and unwind after a busy week?

I like walking my dog along a river near my house and going to the mountains in the woods.

What’s your go-to song for boosting productivity?

My favourite song to boost productivity is "A Sky Full Of Stars" by Coldplay.

Who is a source of inspiration or guidance for you?

The person who inspires me the most is my team leader, Daniele Chiarello. He has always been very helpful in finding a way to deal with my difficult moments at work. He embodies the role that I currently see myself playing in my future.

What would you recommend to someone who wants to follow a career path similar to yours?

To pursue a career like mine, curiosity and perseverance are a must; you need to keep up to date with training and initiatives such as bootcamps and workshops. It is also important to be able to compare yourself with more experienced people and not to give up when the going gets tough.

Thanks to Marika Fabiani, Front-end Developer at Bitrock, for this interview.

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Mobile Developer

Let's talk about what it means to be a mobile developer at Bitrock with Fabio Cirruto. In this interview, Fabio will give us some interesting insights of his role.

Can you explain your position and skills required to excel?

Essentially, I design, develop and maintain mobile applications for our customers. Throughout my career, I have realised that making mistakes is a necessary part of the process; the only way to improve and find a solution that better meets the customer's needs is to try and try again, without giving up when the going gets tough. Another key skill that anyone who wants to be a mobile developer needs to have is a creative problem-solving mindset that allows you to find the best way to achieve your goal.

How is your relationship with colleagues?

I work remotely, so I haven't had many opportunities to spend time with my colleagues outside of work. However, I have had several opportunities to meet other Bitrockers over the past few months, such as the Group Convention and the Christmas party. Apart from these company events, I really appreciate the weekly virtual coffee break organised by my team, during which we can chat and we get to know each other better.

What is the most significant achievement in your career?

I'm now working on a project with a new client, and thanks to me (and my small talk) a new opportunity to work together has arisen and a new project is about to start!

What do you like most about your job?

I get bored easily and I need a constant challenge. The most satisfying aspect of my job is the possibility of constant change and the opportunity to learn and try new projects.

What's your favorite way to relax and unwind after a busy week?

One of the challenges of my job is its sedentary nature, so after a week of developing and sitting in front of the PC the best way to relax, unplug and maintain well-being keep is physical activity. Especially at weekends, I try to combine this with another passion: travelling. In spring and autumn I like to climb the rocks of Lecco, in winter I like to ski the slopes of Northern Italy and in summer I like to try (and fail) some tricks on a wakeboard.

What’s your go-to song for boosting productivity?

This is a challenging question as I listen to every genre of music imaginable, from legendary rock bands to new generation trap, from hardcore rap to pop love songs and even cartoon theme songs. But to give you an answer, the song that stimulates and inspires me more than any other is "No Man No Cry" by Jimmy Sax. This song plays in my head and in my headphones every time I find the perfect solution and need to turn it into code!

Who is a source of inspiration or guidance for you?

Even though I'm growing up, I'm still basically Fabiolino with a nerdy heart and Master Yoda for inspiration, because after all… it's really true: "NO! Try not! DO or DO NOT, There is no try".

What would you recommend to someone who wants to follow a career path similar to yours?

After graduating, I had the choice of joining a large company, where I would probably have little autonomy and freedom, or joining a startup, where I would have the opportunity to grow and learn by making mistakes. Guess what I chose!

The main advice I would give to anyone who wants to do what I do is to look for a job in a corporate environment that leaves room for people and guarantees opportunities to learn and grow professionally, like Bitrock does.

Thanks to Fabio Cirruto, Mobile Developer at Bitrock, for this interview.

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Mobile Developer

Today we're going to discover Marco Righi’s journey at Bitrock. After more than a decade of working with Java, he decided to make a change and became a Senior Scala Developer at Bitrock. This move has not only changed his career, but has also taught him some valuable lessons. He is now going to share some of them with us.

Can you explain your position and skills required to excel?

As a Senior Scala Developer, my job revolves around designing and building robust back-end systems using Scala. This means diving deep into functional programming, asynchronous programming and mastering Scala-specific libraries like Cats and Zio. On top of that, I get to solve complex coding puzzles, fine-tune code for efficiency, and ensure that our systems can scale smoothly.

How is your relationship with colleagues?

One of the best parts of my Bitrock journey has been the fantastic team I work with. We come from different backgrounds and that diversity makes us stronger. We tackle tough coding challenges together, brainstorm creative solutions and cheer each other on for every little victory. Bitrock's inclusive culture has made this journey all the more enjoyable.

What is the most significant achievement in your career?

The highlight of my time at Bitrock has to be my successful transition from being an experienced Java developer to mastering Scala. It wasn't without its challenges, but it taught me the power of dedication and a love of learning. Embracing Scala opened up new possibilities and broadened my horizons in functional programming. This journey reminded me that stepping out of your comfort zone can lead to amazing discoveries.

What do you like most about your job?

What really excites me about my role as a Senior Scala Developer is the daily intellectual challenge. I thrive on solving complex problems, creating elegant solutions, and seeing my code come to life in real systems. Also, the satisfaction of knowing that our software is having a positive impact on customers and end users is incredibly rewarding. Bitrock's commitment to innovation and staying on the cutting edge of technology ensures that every day brings new and exciting opportunities for growth.

What's your favorite way to relax and unwind after a busy week?

My favorite way to unwind after a busy week is to exercise. Exercise not only maintains physical health, but also acts as a powerful stress reliever by releasing endorphins. This mental break improves clarity, reduces anxiety and provides a sense of accomplishment, leaving me refreshed and ready for the next week.

What’s your go-to song for boosting productivity?

My go-to song for boosting productivity is usually in the realm of post-hardcore, metalcore, hard rock, pop punk or rap metal. I find the fusion of powerful sounds and crossover genres invigorating, providing the high-energy motivation I need to stay focused and productive. It's amazing how the intense beats and powerful vocals create an atmosphere that fuels my drive and concentration during work or tasks.

Who is a source of inspiration or guidance for you?

My colleagues are a tremendous source of inspiration and guidance. Working closely with them, I witness their dedication, creativity and teamwork on a daily basis. Their collective knowledge and experience not only motivates me to excel in my work, but also provides valuable insight and support when faced with challenges. The collaborative environment we share fosters continuous learning, making my colleagues an integral part of my professional growth and inspiration.

What would you recommend to someone who wants to follow a career path similar to yours?

For those just starting out in the world of software development, here's some friendly advice.
Keep learning: stay curious and committed to learning, explore new programming languages and frameworks, and keep expanding your knowledge. Build a strong foundation by practising coding regularly and investing time in understanding algorithms and data structures. Finally, collaboration and communication are essential skills that can guarantee a successful project outcome.

In conclusion, my journey from Java to Scala at Bitrock has shown that adaptability, dedication and a love of learning can take you far. It reinforces the importance of continuous learning, building a strong foundation and working collaboratively for a successful career in software development.

Thanks to Marco Righi, Scala Developer at Bitrock, for this interview.

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Last June we launched the first edition of the Bitrock Talent Academy, our training project dedicated to people that want to consolidate their skills in IT programming and enter the tech world with us.

We have now reached the end of the first part of the program, which saw our students learn the foundations of Back-end and Front-end engineering, combining theoretical lessons supervised by our Mentors with interesting workshops & exercises.

While we keep on celebrating our talented students, who are now ready to start off their career in Bitrock and help us shape the future of technology, let’s do a sum-up of what have been the Academy’s key challenges and reached goals.

Bitrock’s Mission towards Continuous Learning

As our CEO Leo Pillon puts it, “Our goal is to train young talents in a sector that still suffers from the shortage of experienced professionals”.

From the first edition of our Talent Academy we have obtained excellent outcomes. The Academy, indeed, has proved to be an effective way to spot young talents and train them directly inside the company, under the supervision of our experienced Mentors. Nowadays, it is particularly challenging to find professionals possessing all the skills our clients and projects require. We have seen on the field that training young, passionate people is the best way to find new talents for our team: people that now possess the ultimate technology skills, which are fundamental to succeed in our sector and keep on growing.

Skilling and (Re)skilling

Our first Academy has turned out to be a great opportunity also for those people that were passionate about technology, but still hadn’t had the chance to professionally work in this field, for one reason or another. Thanks to our initiative, we’ve managed to offer a true reskilling program to young people that used to work in a completely different role or field, and that are now able to do what they love, in a structured company.  

This was the case of one of the Academy’s young talents that entered the Bitrock team last June, Gianluca La Rosa. “I come from a completely different sector: I used to work as a publican in a pub in Trieste, my hometown. During the pandemic, while dealing with the creation of a digital menu for the pub where I worked, I decided to change tack completely, coming back to web development and programming, something that I studied when I was younger. I knew that I was on the right track since this is my true passion. Entering the Bitrock Talent Academy has been a turning point in my professional career: I think I’ve finally found my dream job, something for which I'll never have to stop learning the things I love. My tip for young people that are passionate about technology? Take full advantage of the programs that the Academies available on the market offer: some opportunities can change your entire life!”

What’s next?

This was just the beginning of our Talent Academy. 

Now that the first edition is over, we are ready to start thinking about Season 2, coming in the next few months. Keep reading our Blog and follow us on our official media channels to get constantly updated!

Meanwhile - as we don’t really feel like standing still - we are working (as part of the Fortitude Group) on the Academy by our sister company ProActivity. A new training project to teach young people the foundations of Back-end development in a free 70-hour course, followed by a paid internship and the chance to be hired by the company with a permanent contract. A unique opportunity for young people that are passionate about technology and aim to become Java Developers. 

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Nearly two months ago we launched our Talent Academy, a training program dedicated to students and young professionals with limited knowledge of IT Programming who want to consolidate their expertise and acquire new skills in a few months, giving a boost to their professional life and start working in the industry of the future.

In our 3-month course, indeed, students have the chance to widen their knowledge in  Front-end or Back-end Engineering through a program that includes different modules, constantly monitor their progress through periodic assessments to be able to promptly take action in case of learning gaps or specific needs and, last but not least, participate in the Bitrock Life from the very beginning, by being hired with a permanent contract.

We are now proud to present to you the first six students enrolled in the program: a group of talented, brilliant professionals that have started off their career, helping us shape the future of technology. Let’s hear their voices to discover why they decided to enter the IT world in the first place, and what they think about Bitrock after the first few weeks!

Front-End Engineering Course: Voices from the Inside

Marika: “A few years ago, I started showing an interest in technology since, in my opinion, it represented the future. My first project (a website development) excited me so much that I decided to study IT programming in more detail. 

What do I think about Bitrock and IT consulting? It’s a fascinating world - of course still new to me - that I would like to explore as much as possible, especially to truly understand how the company works with its clients.”

Niccolò: “First of all, I’m a huge fan of programming; since I was younger, I’ve always been charmed by the idea of being able to develop programs that could respond to companies’ needs, especially in terms of Front-end engineering.

As for now, Bitrock has turned out to be a stimulating environment for young people: a serious company with an innovative mindset.”

Gianluca: “I think I’ve finally found the job for which I’ll never have to stop learning. And judging from the people that have been working at Bitrock for long, this is a healthy company, always looking forward.”

Back-end Engineering course: voices from the inside

Giacomo: “I’ve always been interested in technology and IT: being able to make a living out of it is the natural progression of a passion that has been going on for so long. 

In Bitrock I’ve found both expertise and enthusiasm from a business perspective, and a stimulating environment that always puts the 'human' aspect of work at its core.”

Marco: “I decided to enter this world because of the innate interest in computers I’ve always had. I also wanted to find a job that could give me the chance to express this attitude in a healthy environment, rich in daily challenges to be faced, and be part of a close-knit team where I could grow. 

Even though, at first, I had little confidence in my abilities, in Bitrock I immediately felt at ease. Since the very first meeting, I’ve been breathing an air full of energy and passion, where considerable importance was given to the development of interpersonal relations. I couldn’t ask more to begin this new adventure in the IT world!” 

Matteo: “The world of high-end technology requires continuous effort, learning and unflagging dedication, but it brings with it the privilege of being part of an incredible digital transformation process. 

Bitrock doesn’t restrict itself to investing in people that are passionate about programming: the company gives them the confidence to develop their skills and grant them limitless professional growth.”

And what about Bitrock Mentors?

Our Mentors are experienced professionals that follow our students step by step in their educational and professional development journey, providing knowledge, support and advice. Here are the words of Luigi Cerrato, Back-end Developer at Bitrock, as well as one of our super Mentors:

“I’m flattered to be one of the Bitrock Academy’s Mentors, since this is an important role. For me, training young professionals is a mission: this means giving them technical competences, but also trust. Trust, indeed, is fundamental to make them grow and help them face any client’s project with confidence and serenity. 

Since the very beginning, I’ve joined my Team Leaders and Bitrock’s HR team in selecting the best candidates for the Academy: people we believe had the potential to be real Bitrockers in the long term, contributing to the company’s successes and further growth. 

We have then developed a thorough learning program for our students, covering all the fundamentals of programming, starting from Java (our main reference technology) to the most recent frameworks - such as Spring, Spring Boot, and SpinData.”

Luigi’s passion and commitment for the project is reflected in his words: “What I especially appreciate about Bitrock Talent Academy is the fact that our students can leverage the first months to learn and expand their skills, and then start working on one of our internal projects. This is a unique opportunity: they can put themselves to the test by being involved in a real project and its main tasks, for instance dealing with deadlines.”

Luigi also acknowledges the challenges this role entails: “Of course, this is a demanding journey: it is important, for instance, to listen and understand all the needs and issues the students may have, especially the “silent” ones. Students, indeed, may have difficulties in expressing their doubts or insecurities, sometimes only because they’re a bit shy or unsecure: a good Mentor is the one who is able to read those messages (sometimes even calls for help) in the students’ tone of voice, gesture and eyes, and respond to them. This is actually the part I personally find more challenging, and in which I always try to put much attention.” 

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During the covid-19 crises, many employees created new habits and a new balance between home and work life, which are no longer consistent with the old understanding of the workplace. 

Though the pandemic may have been the remote work catalyst for many millions of employees around the world, it’s far from being the only reason to work from home. Indeed, the perks of working from home impact many things on a global scale. 

Among the benefits that remote work can bring, there’s a better work-life balance for employees, less commute stress, location independence (with full-remote work, you no longer have to live near a major metropolitan area to have a career you love), improved inclusivity (remote work enables companies to embrace diversity and inclusion by hiring candidates from different geographic, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds), and considerable money savings (for both employees and the company). 

Furthermore, remote work has a positive environmental impact (one of the fastest ways for employers and employees to reduce their carbon footprint and affect climate change is by reducing commuter travel), and brings an overall happier, healthier life

Working from home, indeed, has been shown to lower stress: it provides more time for hobbies and interests, and improves personal relationships, among other things.

Bitrock goes remote

Striking figures: almost 85% of the interviewed candidates for developers roles at Bitrock in the first months of 2022 have clearly demanded a full-remote position; the request of their current employers to go back to the office is, according to them, one of the main reasons they’re looking for a new job opportunity.

In this new scenario, what’s Bitrock's position? The company has decided to make remote work standard practice for Bitrockers. The strategy empowers developers to manage their own time autonomously, emphasizing trust and placing importance on the objectives reached and individual responsibility.

Today, the Bitrock team, which consists of more than 60 employees from all across Italy (plus external collaborators from other European countries) may work remotely with utmost flexibility. Team members can choose to work entirely remotely or alternate between home and office in a remote-friendly manner, depending on their role and needs.

In the last few months, Bitrock has adopted a number of company tools and processes with the goal of ensuring that internal communication, onboarding, and team building activities are all remote-friendly. In this way, Bitrock life may continue and be useful for everyone, both locally and remotely.

The Bitrock operating offices will not be abandoned, but rather reinvented. Indeed, they will become active areas where the opportunity to meet others adds value: they will encourage creative and informal conversations among colleagues, which are the bedrock of all innovation, particularly amongst people with different expertise or from various parts of the business.

As additional support for remote work, the company has also foreseen a concrete economic help for those employees who are not based in Milan or Treviso (where Bitrock operating offices are) that may want - or need - to work from time to time in a local shared office.

“We have always bet everything on our team” says Leo Pillon, CEO at Bitrock “For us, skills, passion, and motivation are essential. That is why we have decided to implement a strategy that answers to the new needs that have evolved over the last two years, demonstrating that remote work is not an impediment to productivity when it is supported by defined objectives and close involvement in the corporate mission."

To discover Bitrock current Job Openings and all related benefits, including the opportunity to work full-remote, please visit our website or our LinkedIn page!

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Bitrock Talent Academy

We at Bitrock believe that anyone can become part of the tech industry, as long as this is something they’re curious and passionate about. To accomplish this mission, we have created a solid internal Academy, where students or professionals with basic knowledge in IT Programming will have the chance to consolidate their expertise and acquire skills in just a few months, giving a boost to their professional life and start working in the industry of the future.

The Bitrock Talent Academy is a precious opportunity for young people that want to enter the tech world and start working for a high-end IT consulting company, but still do not know where to start. The Academy offers a free three-month professional training on Back-end or Front-end Engineering, combining theory lessons and practical labs and workshops, including the opportunity to work on one of Bitrock’s internal projects

A great added-value, which makes Bitrock's Talent Academy stand out from the competition, is that each student, at the beginning of the course, enters the Bitrock team with a permanent employment contract. In this way, they have the opportunity to participate in the Bitrock Life from the very beginning.

Why Bitrock Talent Academy?

  • The initiative caters to people that are passionate about Information Technology but still have a limited or partial knowledge of coding fundamentals (such as recent graduates in Computer Science and/or STEM subjects, candidates that have already participated in structured training programs or bootcamps in IT programming, etc.), who are willing to start a stimulating training and professional development path.
  • Students will work in small groups of maximum three people, in order to guarantee the best possible collaboration and communication under the guidance of our Mentors (well-trained Professionals who will share their knowledge and experience gained through years of working in IT). Each student will be supervised by his/her Mentor with an educational approach that puts the student’s specific learning needs at its core. 
  • Students will have the chance to widen their knowledge in the field through a training program that includes different modules, combining theory and practice. Indeed, along with theoretical lessons, each student will be directly involved in one of Bitrock's internal projects. Students will also have the opportunity to constantly monitor their progress through periodic assessments, in order to be able to promptly take action in case of learning gaps or specific learning needs.
  • All courses will be held remotely, a formula that grants greater flexibility and the possibility to enter the program without geographical constraints. The students will have the opportunity to join on-site trainings, events, workshops and/or simple recreational activities, in order to test first hand the life inside an IT consulting company and be protagonists in the #BitrockLife.
  • At the end of the 3-month course, those students that will have acquired deep knowledge of the subject and have passed all assessments, will get a dedicated Certification and have the chance to continue working within the company.

If you want to know more about our Talent Academy - including subscription deadlines and how to apply - don’t miss the dedicated page on our website. 

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