Much more than just code
Mikkel Kastrup’s story is a classic example of how the international software company Systematic often hires newly graduated software developers. He went from being an intern to student worker to a full-time employee.
The six-month internship was part of Mikkel’s studies in IT engineering.
“I had studied for two years, so I only had the basic understanding – and the urge to learn more. Systematic did not expect me to know everything but focused on my eagerness to learn instead. My internship was a rewarding learning process because I got to work on actual products and use some of the code languages I had heard about during my studies,” he says.
EXCITING TO WORK WITH AN INTERESTING DOMAIN
After his internship in Systematic’s Defence department, Mikkel was offered a student job position and when he graduated in June 2019, he was offered a full-time position.
“Our product in my department is a command and control system that is used by the US army, among others. It is really exciting to work with something so different,” the 24-year-old Systems Engineer says with a smile.
Mikkel is responsible for developing various new features for the system. “It is so much more than just coding. It also involves time estimates, assembling teams, planning tests and verification as well as dialogue and negotiation with various stakeholders,” he says.
MANY CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
When looking for an internship, Mikkel was attracted to Systematic because of their focus on processes and quality. Systematic’s approach to software development combines the principles of CMMI with the best aspects of Lean and Scrum.
Systematic is CMMI 5 certified, which is an international
standard for maturity in software development processes. CMMI creates process discipline and organizational structure while the agile inputs from scrum strengthens the flexibility.
When it comes to educating and upgrading skills, Systematic has a motto saying, ’Better train people and risk they leave, than do nothing and they stay’.
“I experience a focus on both professional and personal
development, and it is possible to join a wide range of
conferences, courses, etc. I see many career options
within Systematic. For now, I am happy as a developer,
but at some point, I might want to move on to project
management, which I have discussed with my manager
already,” Mikkel concludes.