Vega IT Alumni (network)
The reality is, great people do leave their jobs for a variety of reasons, they want to start businesses on their own, they want to become freelancers, they find a better paid job or something else. The fact that they left doesn’t mean that they had bad intentions or bad experiences and that they left because of that. In most cases, those people continue to be our friends. We continue to spend time together and try to help each other every time we can.
What it means to support our Alumni colleagues
In 2012, Vega IT's creative front-end development team, spearheaded by Sladjana Miljanovic and Danilo Novakovic, launched DaFED, a small gathering of front-end developers from just a few companies. Just a few months after the first meetup, Danilo co-founded DaFED, a nonprofit organization designed for associating and networking of professional designers and front-end developers, with Stanislava Stojanovic Novoselac, and Vega IT has been the platinum sponsor from the beginning. Since then, DaFED has evolved from a simple educational meetup to a fully realized monthly community conference, accommodating more than 150 people.
Why the Alumni network?
The Alumni network is about lifelong relationships. The belief that keeping in touch is the right thing to do. It’s about mutual trust, mutual investment, and mutual benefit in an era where lifetime employment is no longer the norm. Only people with an invite have the chance to be a part of our alumni program.
Vega IT Alumni network
When I came to Vega IT I decided to be more open to people and to become a part of it like it is my own company. Vega IT accepted that approach and gave me the chance to turn my ideas into reality, and even push them much further I couldn’t even imagine. They say - how much you give is how much you get, but I got more and I would call it luck.
I’ve had the privilege to join Vega IT at the very beginning of my professional career, and even then I could tell that Vega IT was a real gem. Over the years it felt amazingly to see how much Vega has grown and how much the company cares about its employees, their happiness and continuous improvement. Such professionalism, team work and positive energy that surround Vega IT are very hard to find at any other place.
To me, working at Vega IT was not a job - it felt like Vega IT was my second home and every one of my colleagues was more than just a colleague, they were my family.
During the studies I had the chance to get introduced to Vega IT and start with internship. I observed that as an opportunity for me to apply the knowledge gained from studies on real projects and to learn how things are functioning in practice. I was able to work and to finish my college at the same time. After graduation, I became a permanent employee and got the chance to improve myself as a software engineer. I have worked on a lot of different projects with different people who had technically stronger knowledge than me and who motivated and inspired me to improve myself. I also got the opportunity to meet our client in Ghent, Belgium and do my training there. Beside technical knowledge, one of the core values of Vega IT is friendship and working as a team. Lots of team buildings, dinners, sport activities, travels and gatherings in order to get to know each other better gave me positive energy and self-confidence at work.
One amazing year! Sounds like a short period of time, but I actually met 12 inspiring colleagues (front-end department), heard 11 excellent internal lectures, participated in the development of 10 new websites, enjoyed 9 liters of coffee, had a 8 hours dose of excitement per day, read 7 new books, met 6 happy clients, spent 5 days skiing with colleagues, drank at 4 parties (non-alcoholic cocktails, mom), died 3 times (don't worry, it was paintball) and changed 2 awesome working spaces. Thanks Vega IT!
Getting hired by VegaIT was my first wish when I finished my studies. The thing that drove me to that decision was a great website and responsive people. At the time I didn’t know that it will be the best choice that I made in my life, and that there is a lot more to it, than a fancy website :)
Working for Vega IT did not only improve my programming skills, it taught me a lot more, and plenty of valuable things, such as interacting with people, learning to understand them and to cooperate with them. Learning to be patient, strategic and thorough were the things that I never thought I would do. Being surrounded by people who not only value your knowledge, but they value you. And that “you” was the most important thing in my starting career. Surrounding yourself with people that know more, with people that had experienced more, with people that are always ready to help you, is probably the best combination that you can get while starting your career and thinking of it in the future.
The culture of Vega IT is outstanding, they always strive for perfection, and have fun while doing that. Workingat this kind of company is something that made me love what I do, and made me want to push my limits not only in programming but in human interaction as well. Harmony and friendliness of people inside Vega IT is beautiful.
Working together as a well oiled gear, making a better community.
I sincerely enjoyed working and socializing with colleagues from Vega IT, including all of the following:
- working on projects, for more or less demanding clients :)
- internal lectures and meetups,
- hanging out during lunch or happy hour parties, with a myriad of calories that don’t want to let me be,
- discussions with extremely technically savvy colleagues,
- helping younger and eager-to-know colleagues who thought of me as a “senior”,
- going on business trips and enjoying the beauty of Ghent
- team-buildings. I simply can’t decide what was better, snow-covered Kopaonik or sunny Poreč,
- calls for consultations at the conference room :)
- a welcoming atmosphere that makes you forget that you are just doing your job,
- and of course, an atmosphere that is always positive, both at the office and on Skype.
To me, working at Vega IT has been a very valuable experience; primarily due to the fact that I learned and advanced so much during my time there, both in business and many other fields.
The projects I worked on were diverse and challenging so that I had to give my best at any given time. And this is the only way a person can grow.
The same principle was applicable on those two days a week when initially small and later a quite large group of enthusiasts used to get up a little earlier than usual and meet at the gym to prepare themselves for upcoming daily challenges in the best possible way. Through intense training, of course.
I met some very good friends among colleagues, with whom I stayed in touch and who I am always happy to see whenever I get the chance.
Vega IT is all about challenging one’s own limits. So competitive and strong in their vision. But, on the other hand, so patient and liberal. In one word - superior. It was my pleasure to be a part of such a company and their culture.
Since 2013, Vega IT has been continuously investing a lot of efforts in shaping a convenient communication and recognizable brand identity. We started from sketches and we are still working on making Vega IT consistently branded in web, print, interior etc. Now through a separate company - Elder Creative Agency, founded by Sasa, Vladan and me in 2014.
I had been familiar with Vega IT even back when I worked at other companies – I followed it on social networks and always wondered how some people enjoy spending time at their workplaces, which was not the case with my own. Generally speaking, I wanted to come and try to apply for a developer position. The period that I spent with colleagues at Vega IT was absolutely great.
What I loved the most was my office and the team in it, then HH lectures, parties, team building, going to the movie theater, summer vacations, conferences, socializing after work, lunch with colleagues, the fact that we were able to bring our significant others to all of these events. All of this is extremely rare in Serbia; together with the fact that I met a lot of people from the industry, that we exchanged knowledge and all of us learned even more. I don’t know if I forgot to mention anything.
Working at Vega IT has been a very positive experience for me.
I believe that, through working at Vega IT, I managed to advance in the professional field, both in dealing with new technologies and in better grasping of business processes.
The working conditions were excellent – premises, computers, the entire workspace.
Direct contact with clients was very common in my case, which increased the need for adaptation to changes and raising standards in order to meet all client requirements.
The colleagues are great, excellent in their work but also good people above all.
Working at Vega IT had a great influence on my growth, in both professional and personal sense. As my first job, it offered me a perfect balance between being mentored by more experienced colleagues, and being given enough freedom and opportunities to prove myself and learn responsibility.
But, it’s not all just about work. What made every day interesting and enjoyable were the people, our daily foosball sessions, office shenanigans, or weekly Happy Hour events where we used to relax and discuss some often non-work related topics. The moments which I remember the most fondly, are our team building trips, where we got to hang out and learn more about each other, either through physical activities, or just lounging in the evening with some drinks and music. These are the things that make us understand each other, make us better team players and improve the overall mood in the office, for many weeks after we are back from the trip.
For me, Vega IT was far more than just another workplace. Over the period of one year I had a chance to meet and work alongside extraordinary people who kept pushing me forward and showed me the true meaning of teamwork. With every successful project, lecture, team building and party, people around me became more than just colleagues and with each day made me love my job even more. Until we meet again.
I was lucky to work in Vega IT for almost 3 years, at the very beginning of their and my professional career. Although being a very small company at that time, they dreamed big and played hard. We grew together and that was a priceless experience. Working in Vega IT was not just work, that was a way of life. They were doing (and still do) impossible to make their employees happy and satisfied and to make their company a better place for all! Now I can say that they are living their dream. It was a pleasure to live their values and to be a member of such a great team!
During my 3 years of work at Vega IT, I was in touch with all colleagues every day, and what left the strongest impression on me were the openness and cordiality of people, good communication and the sense of belonging to a large family. I would particularly point out socializing on trips and events which involved children of all colleagues.
I came to Vega IT during my studies when I applied for an internship. They assigned me a project that was implemented in a language about which I did not know much. It was hard at the beginning but I learned a lot with my mentor and later I enjoyed every day of my internship at Vega. I was hoping that some day after my studies I would be back but actually, I stayed right after that internship for the next 3 years and had fun with all of my colleagues.
I learned how to work in a team, how to communicate with a client, how to meet the deadlines and how to organize my work on projects and so on. I couldn't ask for more and I didn't expect that I would work in a company like this, that would boost the first steps of my career in such a good way.
But it's not all about technical knowledge and programming skills. I had a lot more at Vega IT. I started with an internship and ended with a friendship.
I can say that I was a lucky man being a part of Vega IT. For me, Vega IT means family, friends and a place where I learned a lot from great professionals, one of the best. It wasn't just a workplace, it was way much more than that. I am positive that I have made friends for life here.
For almost two years we worked together, grew together, drank beers together, trained together, went to team buildings , meetups, conferences together, and many, many more things!
Vega IT is a way of life, a good life. Thanks for everything, until we cross our paths again. ;)