I am Ward Vandevoort, 22 years old and I started at Codana as a junior backend developer at the beginning of November 2021. After my last semester of Interactive Multimedia Design at the Thomas More University College, I was contacted by NewBrix, a recruitment company within the Cronos group. During a telephone conversation I was asked what kind of job I wanted and what kind of company I wanted to work for. Eventually they put me in touch with Codana, where I could start a few weeks later. And as they say, the rest is history.
On November 2, I was warmly welcomed in Leuven by Sigert (one of Codana's two coordinators). I got to know all the team that first day, unfortunately this went remote as our friend COVID was still doing a good job at the time. The following days I went through the onboarding and configured my laptop so I could start the real work!
During my induction period, I started working on my first project. This was immediately a large and complex website. So I was thrown in at the deep end, but of course I could always turn to my colleagues with questions. After a few weeks, I got involved in stand-ups and was allowed to start working on full-fledged tickets.