At 19, Radek is still the youngest Applifter. He started with us at the age of 17, and he is still the baby of the Applifting family. And that's not all. He switched from being a developer to DevOps, which he enjoys, and he even became its team leader. We talked about what led him to change, his journey through Applifting, and what the DevOps work entails.
How long have you been working in Applifting?
I'll be here for three years this summer.
You are the youngest Applifter. How did it happen that you started with us, and why did you decide to start working so young?
I've been working from the age of 14, creating websites on WordPress, and then being a network administrator. That led me to a higher interest in IT. I started working at Applifting in the summer of 2018. It was serendipity. I actively coached for Czechitas, and there I met Dominik Snopek, who worked as a lecturer there at the same time. We started talking, and because I was not satisfied with my current job, we agreed on the next steps. I called Applifting's HR and started working in less than a week.
What was your position?
Dominik nr. 2 :-D Officially a Ruby on Rails developer.
And what's your job now?
I am a DevOps engineer. I am in charge of managing and creating the infrastructure.
What led you to such a change?
It was a coincidence. From the beginning, I enjoyed DevOps a bit; I was attracted to servers because through their management, I got to programming. One day Vráťa (Kalenda - Applifting founder) came to me with a request for rescue as there was a lack of people on the BankiD project. And because I couldn't refuse and like challenges, I went for it.
I've also tried the Python backend for about 4-5 months, but I enjoy DevOps thousand times more. Development is an attractive hobby for me, but not a full-time job. DevOps is the direction I want to go.