A Day in the Life of a Frontend Developer: Vesela Bozheva’s Pursuit of Continuous Learning in the Tech World

Curious about what the IT world is like in Bulgaria? You’re not alone. Here at Bica, we’ve decided to turn the spotlight on some of the talented folks we’ve helped secure their perfect roles and let them share their stories. Welcome to our relaxed, candid chat series that aims to give you a peek into the everyday life of someone in the IT sector. Let’s debunk some myths about IT professionals and maybe inspire some of you to venture into the tech realm.

Today, we’re chatting with Vesela Bozheva, a Frontend Developer who’s been navigating the IT waters for over four years. Vesela’s journey, from her university days to her current role at Covantis, is a testament to her dedication and passion for technology. In this interview, she gives us a glimpse of her daily routine, shares her experiences in climbing the career ladder, and offers valuable advice for those considering a career in IT.

Vesela, it’s a pleasure to talk to you. Can you share more about yourself?

Hi there, I’m Vesela Bozheva. For over 4 years, I’ve been immersed in the world of frontend development. If I were to describe myself in three words, they’d be open-minded, curious, and adventurous. I’m all about personal growth, and not just in my career.

What are the responsibilities of a Frontend Developer?

Sure, we Frontend Developers have our hands full! We’re like the bridge between the product and all the other teams involved in shaping it. Since our work is the face of the product, we’ve got to ensure that it’s technically solid and user-friendly. We basically put ourselves in the user’s shoes to create a product that meets their expectations.

How does a day in your life go? Do you have a routine you follow?

Well, I’m more of a night owl, so early mornings and I don’t get along. I drag myself out of bed after snoozing a few alarms and kickstart my day with some upbeat music. Then it’s time to tend to my cats and plants. Depending on the weather, I’ll either be soaking up the sun at a local café or working from home. Once my workday wraps up, I hit the gym to unwind.

You graduated from the Technical University of Sofia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Software Engineering. When did you decide that technology was your passion? What makes the field interesting to you?

Back in high school, I wasn’t sure which career path I should take and what I should study. That’s why I used quite an unusual approach, I compiled a list of possible career paths that will fit with my curiosity to explore new things and where I won’t be bored after 2 or 3 years of working in the field. Surprisingly, there weren’t a lot of options that fit those criteria. Among the several possible career paths I could take, technology stood out to me as it provided me with the opportunity to constantly learn new things, solve different challenges, explore different fields, and work from anywhere.

Can you tell us more about the recruitment process with the professionals with Bica?

My experience with the professionals from Bica, specifically Yoana Spasova, was very good. She piqued my interest in the job opening at Covantis when I was comfortably settled in my previous role. The interview process was quite extensive, but Yoana kept me updated and facilitated smooth communication with Covantis. She even helped me navigate a pre-planned vacation that overlapped with an interview slot.

What was the reason you decided to join Covantis? What made the company stand out to you?

Joining Covantis wasn’t a hasty decision; it was a process of mutual understanding. I felt I’d outgrown my previous company and needed a new challenge, so I decided to give the interview a shot. After meeting the Covantis team, I was impressed by the vibrant and curious people there. The fact that I knew little about their business domain added to the allure—it was a new learning opportunity.

Covantis is the second company you worked for in your career. At your previous job, you started as a trainee and grew to a senior position. Can you tell us more about this journey of career advancements? How did the “Learn from the Masters” program help you to make the first step?

The “Learn from the Masters” program was a stepping stone from college to the corporate world. It helped me get my footing in software development and even landed me a Java certification. After the program, the same company offered me a junior developer role. From there, it was a climb from trainee to senior, getting a fresh perspective on problems, understanding the complexities, and figuring out the right solutions.

As a young professional in the IT industry, what advice would you give to others who are debating whether to start developing in this field?

Take a moment to think about what would bring you long-term satisfaction. That’s my piece of advice for those considering a career in IT. Another thing to remember is that the tech industry is a place for innovation, self-expression, and gaining knowledge in various business domains.

What do you want to achieve in the future?

I want to continue broadening my knowledge and skill set. Exploring new technologies and staying equipped with the latest tools is a priority. I love leading people and projects, so I aim to be a Team Lead who can balance technical challenges with people management.

I also dream of establishing or being part of an NGO that encourages more young people, especially women, to venture into tech. I believe the industry offers boundless opportunities for personal and professional growth.

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